How-To-Series Part 1: How to Use Elan Transfers

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How-To-Series

Are you a frequent buyer of Elan Transfers? Never ordered before because you don’t exactly know how to use them? We're here to help! Elan Transfers are super easy to use and we're here to show you how!

The beauty of Elan Transfers is that they are so versatile. In this blog we’ll explain how to use them to create a transfer image onto a soft slab and POOF you have a beautiful piece of art you can turn into anything!

Materials Needed:

Transfer Sheet
Wet or leather hard clay slab
Bowl of water
Yellow Y3 mud tools rib
Sharp Scissors

Step 1:

Roll out a slab and condition / smooth both sides using a plastic rib.
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Step 2:

Select which Elan Transfer underglaze transfer paper you want to use and apply it to your slab COLOR SIDE DOWN. Line it up to make sure you are utilizing as much underglaze as you can.
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Step 3:

Take a damp sponge and start working from the center out. Push down gently and wipe with your sponge dragging your sponge in outwards motions against the transfer.
Tip: If you wipe the transfer and the color isn’t changing it means that your sponge isn’t wet enough. Too wet and your color could bleed. Keep your sponge clean by constantly dipping it in water to ensure you aren’t spreading ink allover your transfer.
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Step 4:

Once you notice that the ink has turned into a darker color on your slab let it dry for a few minutes. Once the wet sheen is gone from the paper you can gently press with your palm down on the transfer paper to make sure the ink is attached to the slab surface.
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Step 5:

Now it’s time to remove the transfer! Gently start to lift up one of the corners and begin to peel back the paper. If you notice there is still a bit of color left on the transfer paper gently place the transfer back on the slab and go over it with your damp sponge and or press down on it again. Continue to pull the paper off and check along the way for areas that need a bit more help transferring.
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Step 6:

Let your slab dry to the desired consistency and have fun creating!
 
Try this technique at home and share it with us by tagging us on social @elantransfers or using
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