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Make your special one-day t-shirt design and impress your friends, with an every-day-new t-shirt ;)

What U need:
- laser printer
- baking paper
- plain paper (on what u normally print)
- some kind of cutter
- double-faced scotch tape
- hard underlay (heat resistant)
- iron
- t-shirt

What U get:
- nice individual clothing

mostly after washing your cloth is just like before - without individual style
sometimes some black color will be left anyway
so, it's all on your own risk ;)

Deutsche Version (german version)
 
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Step 1: Prepare the design

I only own a b/w laser printer, so my motive has to be b/w, too.
I think this should also work with a color laser printer (haven't tried).

So choose or create what you want to get on your clothes.
In case that it is a DIN A4 printer I fragmented my writing in order to get it bigger than A4.
For even bigger things, just use more sheets.
Do not just cut your image. The border-zones schould overlap a little bit, this will make it easier putting them together in the right way.
And don't forget to mirror it!

Step 2: Prepare the printing

For transferring the motive on cloth, it has to be printed on baking paper.
baking paper isn't in printer friendly format, so you have to cut it in the format which is supported by your printer ;)

The next fact is: Printers don't like baking paper - they'll eat it and go on strike!
You have to make your printer believe it's a plain paper.
Use the double-faced scotch tape to mount the baking paper on the plain paper.
Baking paper should be a little smalle than the plain paper.
If your baking paper is coated on only one side, this side should be on top (you'll print on this side)
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sdfgeoff2 years ago
My printer didn't like the baking paper even after sticking it down. It didn't jam or anything, but the toner wouldn't adhere to it at all. So it came out a massive black smudge....
Scriptone2 years ago
Thanks for sharing your idea, its given me an idea!
pennyd3 years ago
I love this...if I could get it to work as well as the pictures. So here are some questions:
1. I am using parchment, is there a particular brand that works best? mine have all had about 1/2 the toner left on the parchment.
2.What about the temperature of the iron
3 it would be cool if you could trick the printer so it didn't heat the paper so you'd get a more pure print.
haamaan4 years ago
Where can i get the baking paper?
loricollins5 years ago
Is baking paper in the US parchment paper (in a roll) or perhaps waxed paper (in a roll). Thanks!
Dzwiedziu7 years ago
It would be a perfect method, but it's unusable witch black t-shirts :/ And so it's "only" great :)
kiwisaft (author)  Dzwiedziu7 years ago
would be interesting how color prints come out on black t-shirts. color laser printer anyone?
i tried this a while back for a school project and yea color works. its sticks well. but it messed with my laserjet 1600. now all my pages are pink and it runs low. and USE double sided tape. regular tape melts and gets stuck.
speedwell6 years ago
New T-shirts have a treatment on them that keeps them from getting wrinkled and dirty on the shelf. This treatment needs to be washed away. Pre-washing also pre-shrinks the shirt, which is important. Also, use ordinary 50/50 cotton/poly blend shirts for best results.
Daddio_UK7 years ago
Cool, i like it, yet to try it though.. you can often get cheap colour laser printers from pc/harware reclaimation yards
IAE7 years ago
when i do it it always comes out bad and faded!

REPLY!!!
PaladinMark IAE7 years ago
After a preliminarily pressing the iron flatly over the whole image (letters) at once, I found i needed to go over the whole thing applying pressure with the tip of the iron (the end of the flat bit only a square centimeter or so I guess, so more force was exerted over each bit) . Im guessing i could also improve the blackness of mine by printing twice on the baking paper, so that a thicker layer of toner is applied , though I have not tested that yet . God bless, Mark
kiwisaft (author)  PaladinMark7 years ago
better don't try to print twice on one baking paper - i think this would end up in a tonerpowder everywhere in your printer effect ;) better print on two sheets and iron both on the shirt. works fine
Astinsan IAE7 years ago
What kind of printer... If your in windows you can set it to dark mode... most printers will default to econo mode. I know my OKI LED printer it doesn't work on at all.. but the HP I have it worked perfect... Gonna try color with a HP 4400 at a friends house..
kiwisaft (author)  IAE7 years ago
maybe bad printer ;) i only know it works on my printer
PaladinMark7 years ago
This is a really good free way of printing your own t-shirts. Thanks Kiwisoft
so... will wax paper work? most wax paper can stand up to quite a bit of heat. i want to know, but i don't want to kill my printer figuring it out.
If it's a simple logo, i'd print an image and make a template, Then spray paint it.
why laser printer @& not inkjet printer? please advise
kiwisaft (author)  jr rwigemera7 years ago
laser toner is plastic powder - perfect for ironing. you can't transfer ink by iron over it.
CatSteaks7 years ago
This is a great idea... havn't tried it yet(goin' to the grocery store for supplies tomorrow)

The "washing out" issue, could that be solved by this? http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/eng/3446-AA.shtml?lnav=transfers.html
(found here http://www.instructables.com/id/E7Y7MOQ9OSES9J79QF/)
A clear latex spray or scotch guard might work to keep it from fading. I've actually been wanting to do a little experiment by replacing the black powder toner of an old HP Laserjet 4000 with white powder coat paint. But I still use it and want to wait till I get a new one.
kiwisaft (author)  CatSteaks7 years ago
no, i don't think this will fix it. this works for ink, but toner is plastic powder :/
michou171037 years ago
I did a couple of colour prints today. Samsung clp 550 and parchment paper. They printed great and tranfered ok. I could us an old scholl iron with some real heat and it might have done a better job. My second attempt was even better, I pre-ironed the area before appling. I still think a heat press would be the cats meow.
kiwisaft (author)  michou171037 years ago
got some pictures?
hartl7 years ago
if you happen to have a xerox phaser solid ink printer around - try it with transparent paper. using photo print quality and white cotton gave good results. the solid ink (wax) has a lower melting point than laser printer dye (plastic dust) and penetrates the cotton fibers instead of sticking on them.
freasafan137 years ago
What's wrong, I just printed a "Lost" logo and it won't transfer. What do I do?
That won't work. The logo is copyrighted. :)
So if I used a bloody personal picture that would make the problem all better?
Maybe if you mailed a check to the Hanso Foundation?
whoschuck7 years ago
can you wash this as usual then? or will all the ink bleed???
pharoah7 years ago
Can you use wax paper for this instead?
NO!!!!! The wax coating will kill your printer! DO NOT ATTEMPT!!
just spend $25 on laser transfer paper for t-shirts, you'll fuck up your printer wicked bad
kiwisaft (author)  pharoah7 years ago
I think so, if it's heat resistant enough. Just try ist -my first attempts were with some pages from magazines
royalestel7 years ago
You can hand-wash the fabric and line dry to avoid toner smudges on other clothes, right? Favorite.
kiwisaft (author)  royalestel7 years ago
it's the safest way, but i don't think that hand-wash will remove all the toner. I haven't had smudges on other clothes after washing - i don't use/have a dryer
aych7 years ago
its okae.. but the carbon flakes off.. maybe my iron aint hot enough?.. cant even wear the tshirt for half a day!
kiwisaft (author)  aych7 years ago
you have to iron it that way, that there are many many little cracks in the black area, so the flakes will be smaller - then maybe rub away the loose ones and iron a second layer over it in the same way. i ironed it hotter on jeans, now there are still black blotches after a few waschings :( so could be that if u iron it hot enough, it will stay forever :) looking forward to your color results
aych7 years ago
my printer hp 1100 hated my parchment paper.. didn't stick at all.. i took it to my newer printer and it was ok. i used the vellum printer properties. i think it applied more heat to it.
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