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How to Transfer Pictures to Candles May 30, 2016

Photo candles make great personalized gifts and centerpieces for special occasions. There are a few different ways to complete the project, but each produces similar results.

Method 1. Applying Pictures to Candles with Heat

1. Attach tissue paper to printer paper. Line the edges of a sheet of printer paper with glue, then press a sheet of tissue paper directly on top. Let dry.

  • Use a glue stick or a very light, thin line of glue. Tape could also work.
  • The tissue paper needs to stick firmly to the printer paper, but if the glue is too thick, your printer may not be able to feed it through properly.

2. Print the picture out. Place the tissue paper structure in your printer, then print out the picture you want to use. Make sure that the picture prints onto the tissue paper, not the regular paper. iron on transfers for t shirts

  • You also need to make sure that the picture is sized accordingly before you print it. Resize the picture using a photo editing or word processing program so that it will fit onto the candle without difficulty.
  • Set the printer paper properties to a “transparency film” setting for best results.

3. Trim the picture to size. Use scissors to cut away as much excess paper from around the border of the picture as possible.

  • During this step, the tissue paper should also be freed from the computer paper. Dispose of or recycle the printer paper. Keep only the inked tissue paper for this project.
  • Some border can be helpful since it makes the picture easier to hold and maneuver, but this border should still be as thin as possible. custom NHL lettering

4. Place the picture on the candle. Press the picture against the side of the candle at the position you want it.

  • Usually, there will be enough static to help hold the tissue paper in place. If the picture does not stay still on its own, however, you can apply a very small dab of glue to the corners before pressing it onto the candle.
  • The picture should be ink-side out when you place it on the candle.

5. Wrap wax paper around the candle. Wrap a sheet of wax paper around the candle. Keep it flush against the sides of the candle, and hold it in place from the back (the side opposite the picture).

  • The wax paper makes it easier to maintain the shape of the candle. It also protects your hands from high, direct heat.
  • Make sure that the waxed side of the wax paper faces toward the candle.

6. Heat the entire structure. Use a handheld embossing tool or heat gun to blow hot air onto the picture for several minutes. When the ink starts to show through the wax paper more clearly, turn off the heat.

  • Keep the heat gun moving so that the entire image transfers onto the candle evenly.
  • The wax on the wax paper should melt, sandwiching the image in between the wax of the candle and the melted wax of the wax paper.
  • If you do not have a heat gun or embossing tool, use a strong hair dryer or carefully hold the picture-side of the candle over the hot eye of a stove.

7. Peel away the wax paper. Carefully peel away the wax paper from the candle. If done right, the image should remain on the candle.

  • If there are any pieces of wax sticking up afterward, wait until they cool and lightly pat them down or wipe them away.
  • This completes the project.
Method 2. Gluing and Waxing Pictures to Candles

1. Print the picture. Select the picture you want and print it out using a standard printer and standard printer paper.

  • You could also use a picture from a magazine, piece of wrapping paper, or similar source. The material the paper is printed on should be no thicker than standard printer paper, however.

2. Trim the picture. Use scissors to cut around the picture, leaving as thin and narrow a border as possible.

3. Apply glue to the back of the picture. Place the picture face-down and use a glue stick to apply glue to the back.

  • You could apply a thin bead of tacky glue or other craft glue, but make sure that the bead is thin enough to prevent it from wrinkling the paper or showing through from the front.

4. Press the picture onto the candle. Position the picture over the candle, then press the glue-covered side of the image onto the candle.

  • Stick the center of the picture on first, then gradually rub out toward the edges with your fingers or cloth rag.
  • Firmly rub out any air bubbles you see, as well.

5. Melt over-dipping wax. Melt enough clear or white candle wax in a double boiler to cover at least half the height of your current candle.

  • Fill the bottom half of the double boiler with 2 inches (5 cm) of water and let it reach a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Place the wax inside the top half of the double boiler. Turn the heat down to medium-low, and let the wax melt slowly.
  • When ready, the over-dipping wax will reach a temperature of about 217 degrees Fahrenheit (103 degrees Celsius). This temperature may vary depending on the type of wax used, however.

6. Quickly dunk one side of the candle into the wax. Grab one end of the candle and quickly dip the other half in the melted wax.

  • Work carefully. Use tongs or gloves to protect your hands from the hot wax.
  • Only leave the candle in the wax for a few seconds.
  • Wait one minute after dunking the first half before continuing further.

7. Dunk the other half. Once the first dipped half is cool enough to touch, lightly grab onto it. Quickly dunk the uncovered half of the candle in the hot, melted wax, as well.

  • As before, you should protect your hands and only keep the candle submerged for a few seconds.

8. Let dry. Place the candle on a dry, cool surface and let the wax coating harden.

  • Slice off any thick drips of wax with a craft knife once the candle has cooled.
  • This step completes the process.
Method 3. Transferring Pictures to Candle Holders

1. Obtain the picture. You can print your picture by making a photocopy of an original photograph or by printing it out with a laser printer.

  • Do not use an inkjet printer for this project.
  • Black and white photos work best, but you could also experiment with any photograph that has a lot of contrast in color and shade.
  • Consider adjusting the contrast of your photograph before printing or copying it. Make the contrast as high as possible without damaging the quality of the image.

2. Cut a piece of contact paper. Use scissors to cut out a piece of transparent contact paper that is just the right width and height to fit over your picture.

3. Peel off the backing. Remove the backing from the contact paper, revealing the adhesive side. Carefully place this adhesive side onto the image.

  • Make sure that the inked side of the image faces the adhesive as you press the two pieces together.
  • If there is excess contact adhesive, press it onto plain white paper. Doing so will make it easier to work with.
  • Firmly rub the contact paper onto the image, making sure that all of the inked parts of the picture are firmly stuck to the contact paper. Work from the paper side instead of the plastic contact paper side for best results.

4. Trim everything down. Cut away any excess paper using a pair of scissors.

  • For best results, make sure that there is enough contact paper to completely wrap around the outside of the candle holder.

5. Soak the picture in water. Fill a sink or plastic tub with warm water and submerge the picture in it. Let the picture soak for 7 minutes or more.

  • The paper and contact paper will both appear very soggy when done.

6. Remove the paper. Take the picture out of the water and gently roll your thumb over the soggy paper side of the picture, peeling away the paper and leaving only inked plastic behind.

  • Work under running water for best results.
  • Note that some of the paper may fall off on its own due to the moisture.
  • The image should have completely transferred itself onto the plastic portion of the contact paper. If you rub the image too forcefully, however, you could cause some of the ink to smear or wipe off.

7. Dry the strip. Place the plastic strip on a dry surface, like a table or counter, and let the entire thing air dry completely.

  • The ink side should face up as the strip dries. Even though the ink will not seem sticky when the contact paper is wet, it will become sticky again once the contact paper dries.
  • Note that you may also see a few dots of paper after the strip dries. If this happens, rub these bits of paper off under running water, then let the strip dry again.

8. Carefully adhere the picture to the glass. Place the contact paper strip around the outside of a clear glass candle votive, pressing it firmly into place.

  • Keep the inked, sticky side of the contact paper toward the glass. This adhesive should be all you need to hold the strip in place.
  • Use your thumb to smooth out any bubbles or creases. Keep the strip as straight and flat as possible as you adhere it to the glass.

9. Place a candle inside. Place a candle inside the decorated candle holder and light it. The picture on the outside of the glass should be beautifully illuminated.

  • This step successfully completes the entire process.

Warnings

  • These candles do pose a slight fire hazard, so you should keep a close eye on them as they burn. You should never leave lit candles unattended, but that principle is twice as important as usual when you burn photo candles.

Things You’ll Need

Applying Pictures to Candles with Heat
  • Large pillar candle

  • Picture

  • Printer

  • Plain printer paper

  • White tissue paper

  • Tape, glue stick, or glue

  • Scissors

  • Wax paper

  • Heat gun, embossing tool, lighter, or stove

Gluing Pictures to Candles
  • Printer paper

  • Picture

  • Tall pillar candle

  • Glue stick or craft glue

  • Scissors

  • Clear candle wax

  • Double boiler

  • Tongs or gloves

Transferring Pictures to Candle Holders
  • Clear glass candle votive

  • Picture

  • Photocopier or laser printer

  • Standard printer paper

  • Contact paper

  • Scissors

  • Sink

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How to Remove a Bumper Sticker from Glass May 25, 2016

A bumper sticker is a small piece of Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) that is used to decorate a car, bicycle, home window or other object. Its name is derived from the fact that it is traditionally placed upon the back bumper of a car to advertise support for a political candidate, sports team or organization, although it can also be a simple joke, quote or decal. In many countries, bumper stickers are referred to as “country tags,” small stickers with letters designating the country of a car’s origin. In order for these stickers to last through outdoor weathering on a bumper or glass window pane, they are made with strong adhesives. The longer the sticker has been adhered to a surface, the harder it will be to get off. Luckily, removing bumper stickers from glass surfaces is possible using household tools and ingredients. This article will tell you how to remove a bumper sticker from glass.custom NHL decals stickers

1. Protect the area around the bumper sticker using pieces of cardboard, paper towels and painter’s tape. Tape pieces of cardboard and paper towels below the sticker to catch drips of liquid. Although the glass itself is not likely to be harmed using any of the materials needed to remove the bumper sticker, paint or wood around the glass can be damaged if oil or liquids leak onto them.

 

2. Warm the bumper sticker with a hair dryer for 2 minutes, in order to warm the adhesive glue on the back of the sticker. If the cord will not reach the glass, let it sit in the hot sun or pour boiling water over the sticker and glass to warm the glue.

3. Attempt to loosen the edge of the sticker with a credit card, razor blade, or a plastic or metal paint scraper. Recently affixed stickers may be removed simply by heating the glue and gently prying the edges with a metal or plastic instrument.

4. Soak a paper towel in white vinegar or olive oil, if the sticker is still affixed.

5. Blot the bumper sticker and the area outside of the bumper sticker with vinegar or olive oil. Repeat 3 times in order to ensure the surface is covered. custom mlb stickers

6. Wait 3 minutes for the vinegar or oil to penetrate the PVC.

7. Take your plastic or metal instrument and gently push it under the edge of the bumper sticker. Try to get a length approximately equal to half of your index finger, so that you will be able to pull on it later with your fingers later in the process.

8. Leave the edge you have just brought up and work the straight edge under the other edges of the bumper sticker, until you have raised all the edges.

9. Pull gently at 1 section of the sticker with your thumb and index finger, stopping if the sticker no longer moves or begins to rip.

10. Pull gently at other edges in turn, switching sides frequently, until the sticker is removed.

  • If the sticker rips, coat it in another layer of white vinegar or olive oil and wait a few more minutes for it to penetrate, then try to scrape the thin layer up with your sharp instrument.
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    11. Clean the area with water and/or glass cleaner before removing your protective barriers.

    Tips

    • Bumper sticker removal can also be accomplished with WD-40 or denatured alcohol. Use them in a similar manner to the white vinegar or olive oil, but be very careful not to let them get on surrounding surfaces.
    • Place your ingredients, like vinegar and straight edge near you before using the blow dryer, sunlight or boiling water, so that you can start the process of removing the sticker just after the glue has been warmed.

Warnings

  • Always be careful when working with a razor blade or sharp edge. Use small, gentle motions with the blade and never place your opposite hand on sticker when you are attempting to scrape the sticker from the glass.

    Things You’ll Need

    • Painter’s tape

    • Paper towels

    • Cardboard

    • Hair dryer, boiling water or sunlight

    • White vinegar or olive oil

    • Razor blade, paint scraper or credit card

    • Water or glass cleaner

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How to Make a Custom Photo Mousepad May 16, 2016

Ever wanted to make your own customized photo mousepad that reflects your own unique interests? heat transfer for t shirts It’s not too hard but you will need the right tools and the right supplies.

1. Purchase some blank white 8x9x1/4 pads.

2. Purchase some inkjet transfer paper.

3. Design your image in Paint Shop Pro, Adobe or any other image design software. For best results try to work with an image of at least 100K. A 25K image will print but it will not be as sharp and crisp when blown up to 8×11 as a high resolution image.

4. Test your final image on a blank 8×10 piece of paper. Make sure it prints the image on the entire 8×11 sheet, not just on 1/4 of the page.

  • Test on cheap (vs $2 transfer paper) blank white paper to make sure your image is correct and your printer is printing through all it’s heads. Epsons especially are notorious for a few clogged heads in the middle of a print then the rest of the print has horizontal lines in it.

5. You are now ready to insert the transfer paper if the test is good. Make sure you insert the paper with the printable side the correct way. If reversed there goes $2-$3. Once the paper is in the printer facing in the correct direction press print.

6. Let sheet of transfer paper (with a 8×11 image on it) dry for 5 or 10 minutes and get your iron plugged in and ready, unless you have a commercial heat press. The iron will not give as much pressure to the transfer paper as a heat press would. The downward pressure from a heat press is what burns the image into the pad making for a pad that lasts for years and years. The iron will create the right heat but not as much pressure so your pad may have present or future issues with bits of it flaking off. iron on transfers for t shirts

7. Study the instructions included with your transfer paper. Note the temperature needed. Normally it’s around 375 degrees but could vary with the manufacturer of your paper. Set the iron to that temp and let it heat up. Once heated up place your pad on a hard surface. An ironing board works well.

8. Place your transfer paper image on the pad and begin to press the iron on the pad in back and forth motions. Try to bear down on the pad with some pressure. A limp wrist ironing job with light pressure will make for a poor pad. Consult your transfer paper instructions for the length of time needed to iron the paper. Most times it’s around 3-4 minutes.

9. Peel the paper away starting at one corner, – Note that transfer papers vary in whether you should peel when they are hot or cold. Follow instructions for the type you purchased.

  • Note:Once you begin to peel the paper away do not stop halfway through! It will leave a line on your pad. Try to pull off the paper in one steady evenly spaced movement. Normally you should peel paper off in about 3 seconds. One long even movement of peeling the paper across the pad.

10. Finished.

Warnings

  • Do not leave the iron in one spot. Keep it moving around the pad continuously for the recommended time. If using an Epson, print using the higher photo qualities. If you print at the lower qualities such as text and images it’s much easier for the printer to leave tiny horizontal lines every half inch on your paper.

Things You’ll Need

  • iron

  • inkjet printer

  • blank mousepads

  • transfer paper

  • image editing program

  • patience

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How to Make Photo Mugs May 10, 2016

Do you have an old mug around your house that could use an upgrade? Adding a photo to your mug can be a fun and easy project, giving old mugs a fresh look. Whether it’s a family photo or a funny saying, you can add any image you’d like to your mug. Even if you aren’t a fan of d.i.y. projects, you’re still in luck. You can also try one of many on-line services that will print your images on a mug for you. iron on transfers for t shirts

Method 1. Making a Photo Mug at Home.

1. Grab a mug. Your first step in creating a photo mug is to find a mug you would like to customize. You can use any mug that you would like. However, you might want to consider the color, texture and shape of the mug. Generally, smooth mugs with a regular shape will work best. Mugs with a solid color that match the colors in your photo will also work better.

  • Mugs with a bumpy or rough surface may be difficult to attach an image to.
  • Mugs with unusual shapes can warp an image.

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2. Find a photo to use. Once you’ve selected a mug that you want to customize, you can pick out one of your favorite photos to use. You can choose any photo you’d like to print out and apply to your mug. Have fun picking out a picture that you think would be a good fit.

  • It’s likely that your photo will need to be in a digital format to allow for easy printing.
  • Your photo will need to be printed out.

3. Check the size of the photo. Before you print your photo out and apply it to the mug, you should check the print size of the image. You will want to make sure that the image will fit in the area of the mug you’ve selected. Any image that is too big or too small may end up making your mug look differently than you had planned.

  • It can be useful to measure the planned image space on your mug before printing. heat transfer for t shirts
  • Before you print, most printers will give you a “print preview”. This will likely tell you the dimensions of the printed image.
  • If the image is too large or small, you will have to resize the image.

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4. Print the photo using transfer paper. Now that you have an image ready to print, you should load up your printer with transfer paper. Transfer paper is special printing paper that will allow you to permanently stick the image onto your mug. Make sure your printer is loaded with transfer paper and not regular paper before printing.

  • Transfer paper can be easily purchased on-line.
  • Large chain stores will likely have transfer paper in stock. Check in the craft or printing paper sections.

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5. Spray the paper with clear acrylic coating. Some transfer printing papers are already coated with an outside seal. However, if your transfer paper is not, you will need to apply a clear acrylic coat to the image once it has been printed. This will help make the image last longer and will make your mug dishwasher safe.[3]

  • You can find clear acrylic coating in most hardware or home improvement stores.
  • Large chain stores will likely carry acrylic coating.
  • Make sure you fully coat the entire image you are using.
  • Allow the coating plenty of time to dry before continuing. The amount of time it takes for your acrylic coating to dry will vary depending on the type you’ve used. Some take only a few minutes, while others take hours.

6. Cut the image out and soak it in water. After your coating has dried, you can cut the image out, trimming away the rest of the paper sheet. Once the image is the size and shape you want, you will need to soak it in water for a few minutes. This will prepare the image for application to the mug.

  • Fill a small bowl up with water.
  • Put the images you want to apply into the water after you’ve cut them out.
  • Make sure the images are fully submerged.
  • The images will need to soak for around one minute before you can apply them to the mug.

7. Apply the image and let it dry. Once your image has soaked in water, it is ready to be applied to the mug. Take the image out of the water, remove any backing from the paper, and stick it on the mug. You can make some adjustments to the positioning of the image before it dries, so don’t worry about getting it perfect at first.

  • Once you have the image where you want it, allow it plenty of time to dry.
  • Some images will take longer to dry than others, depending on the type of transfer paper you used.
  • Read the instructions on your transfer paper to learn exactly how long your mug needs to dry.

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8. Wash the mug. After the image has dried in place, you’ll want to wash the mug before using it. This will clean away any residue from the application process. Once your mug is clean, you can start using it and enjoying your newly decorated mug.

Method 2. Ordering a Photo Mug

1. Compare prices. There are many services that will print images on mugs for you to enjoy. However, not all of them offer similar prices. You may find that some services will cost less than others. Take some time to compare the quality and price of different printing services before choosing one.

  • Many printing services can be found on-line.
  • Make sure there aren’t any hidden costs. For example, a service might display the cost of the mug and keep the printing cost separate.
  • You might be able to find promotional codes or coupons.

2. Have a digital photo ready. Almost every printing service will require you to have the image you want to use in a digital format. These services will require you to upload the image you want to use before they can create the mug for you. Keep in mind that there may be additional requirements for your image file. Take some time to review what the printing service needs before they can make your photo mug.

  • Your image will need to be in a digital format.
  • Some services have image size requirements. Your image will need to fit within the printer’s specifications for image size.
  • Some printing services only use certain file types. Make sure your image is an acceptable file type before uploading.

3. Sign in and select a product. Once you have a photo ready and have found a printing service you like, you can make an account and select the mug you want. Most printing services will ask for some basic information when you sign up. Once you’ve registered your account, you can find a mug that you would like your image printed on and start the ordering process.

  • You will likely need to provided your email address, shipping address, and payment information when registering for a printing service.
  • Many sites have a wide range of mugs and cups that they can print your photo on. Take some time and find one that interests you the most.

4. Upload your photo. Once you’ve found a mug that you like, you will need to upload the photo that you want printed. Most on-line printing services will have a clearly labeled button or option to upload the photo you want to use. Your image will usually be applied to create a preview image of what the completed mug will look like.

  • You may want to resize or edit your image if it doesn’t fit the mug correctly.
  • Always review the preview image before ordering to ensure that your mug is exactly how you want it.
  • If you are having trouble, most printing services have a help department that you can contact with your questions.

5. Order your mug. If you’ve uploaded your photo and are happy with how the mug will look, all that’s left to do is finalize your order. After the order is placed, the printing service will create your photo mug for you and ship it to your address once it’s completed. Keep some of these things in mind when finalizing your order:

  • Check for a refund policy in case the item is lost or broken in shipping.
  • Most packages will ship with a tracking number that allows you to follow the photo mug as it travels to your address.
  • Double check your order details before accepting. Make sure your shipping address is correct and that you’ve order the right quantity of photo mugs.

Things You’ll Need

  • A mug

  • A digital image file

  • A printer

  • Transfer paper

  • Bowl of water

  • Scissors

  • Clear acrylic coating

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How to Make Month Birthday Onesies May 4, 2016

Whether you want to create something memorable for a good friend or sister for a baby shower, or you want to mark your child’s growth, designing monthly birthday onesies for a newborn is a neat way to do either. Get your camera ready, as each month you will be able to track how the baby has grown, with the month prominently displayed on the child’s belly.

Method 1. Selecting the onesies

 

1. Select 12 size- or age-appropriate onesies. You don’t need to find expensive clothing for this project, in fact you want a plain, one-color onesie.

  • Choose the right age/size for each progression. For example, for month two, you’ll most likely need a onesie sized for a newborn from zero to three months.
  • Consider the child’s potential size. If the baby has not been born or is still very new, consider if the baby is large or small for his or her size. Premature babies typically are a few sizes smaller than their actual age, whereas some babies are born wearing clothing suited for a six month old.
Method 2. Preparing the transfer and template

 

1. Purchase iron-on photo transfer paper. You will create 12 monthly t-shirts for the baby beginning on month one through to month 12.

2. Find a template for your t-shirts. You can design a unique template using your graphic design software or go online to find previously created templates.

  • Use something colorful as your template. Especially if you chose white onesies, you’ll want a pop of color for the t-shirt.
Method 3. Print the Template

 

1. Play with the template to see how you can position it on the photo transfer paper. Because photo transfer paper is expensive, try to fit two templates on one sheet (plus you are designing tiny t-shirts so you can most likely fit two on one sheet).

2. Print out a test template on regular paper. To gauge how the template will look, print a test. Because the transfer paper requires the image to be printed backwards, follow the instructions on the package for best results.

3. Create the final iron-ons by printing the template onto photo transfer paper. This will be the template you will iron onto the onesies.

Method 4. Create the Monthly Onesies

1. Cut out each template. Be very careful not to cut out any of the graphics or design.

2. Match the appropriate template with the right onesie. The last thing you want is for “month 12” template to land on a onesie sized for a three month old! Lay the correct template on the corresponding shirt and lightly add a small piece of clear tape to ensure it stays in place.

3. Iron shirts before adding the template. To ensure the best transfer, make sure each little shirt is flat and free from wrinkles.

4. Add the transfer paper and apply the iron for 15 to 20 seconds. Or, follow the transfer paper package instructions.

5. Peel the transfer paper off the shirt. Be sure to do this slowly as the design might rip off with the paper otherwise.

6. Repeat the process for each shirt until you have 12 little monthly birthday onesies.

7. Finished. They’re now ready for wearing and photo shoots. If they’re for a gift, arrange in a box as shown in the image.

Tips

  • Include a special photo album if you are giving the shirts as a gift so the parents can place the photos in the album.
  • If you know the baby’s name, you can also personalize each shirt either on the front or the back.
  • If you’re giving these little shirts as a gift, include the instructions about what the mom (or mom to be) can do with the shirts. She can have the baby wear the corresponding onesie on his or her monthly birthday and then be photographed so the family can track his or her growth.

Things You’ll Need

  • Onesies

  • Transfers

  • Photo transfer paper

  • Printer

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