Once I created my designs I knew I wanted them applied on a ceramic surface and after looking into application techniques it was clear you either chose Silk printing or Digital printing. After research what was the best solution for me I thought I would share what I have learnt.
– Cheaper in smaller quantities
– No set up cost
– No minimum
– The transfers can be fired onto a wide variety of ceramic surfaces between temperatures of 800 and 900 degrees.
– Colours are duller
– Once fired a slight edge can be seen around the transfer – where the transfer has been cut, however this can be hidden by using more of the transfer sheet instead of only cutting around the design.
– Cheaper in large quantities
– Vibrant colours
– No outline of where the transfer was cut
– Single colour to multi-colour ceramic decals can be produced including 4 colour process and precious metals
– High set up costs
– Minimum sheet run
I have decided to create my first ceramic pieces using the digital print process to see how they turn out as a sample test in black and when I need to order a large quantity I will use brighter colours with screen printing. I will show you pictures of my new designs on ceramics soon!!
If you want more information on the digital printing have a look on http://skinnylaminx.com/2008/06/10/ceramics-transfers-tutorial/