Introduction: Transfer PHOTOS to METAL

This tutorial video will show you how to transfer your laserjet prints (B&W and COLOR) onto metal.
The key ingredient is Acrylic Poly Finish (aka Acrylic Polyurethane, Poly-Acrylic, Water-Based Poly Finish, etc.), which I have found works better than Mod Podge or Liquitex Gel Medium. SUPPLIES NEEDED:

  • Acrylic Poly Finish (Can be purchased from Ace Hardware, Lowe's, Amazon, etc.)
  • Metal Sheet (Copper, Brass, etc. from Hobby Lobby, Amazon, etc.)
  • Brush
  • Fine Grit Sandpaper (For preparing the metal surface.)
  • Cup of waterPaper Towels
  • Printed Design (Toner-based, such as from a laserjet or copy machine. Not inkjet.)

This is the same technique I demonstrated in a previous video, for transferring prints or photos onto wood.

Note that any white areas of your image will allow the metal to show through clearly. Use this to your advantage for creative effects.

Step 1: Transfer PHOTOS to METAL

Check out the video for detailed instructions for transferring your image onto metal.