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.

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Step 1: Transfer PHOTOS to METAL

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

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    4 Discussions


    Question 11 months ago on Step 1

    Thanks Crafs Man! This was super cool. Do you think the same can be done on stainless steel, aluminum or others


    1 year ago

    Thank you so much sir. I always feel very blessed when an artisan is willing to teach others so that their knowledge continues to be passed on and used.


    2 years ago

    Great video, love the simple technique!

    Question: how durable is the image transfer once the final coat of poly is applied? I'm wondering if this method could be used to transfer lettering to the metal faceplate of a guitar amp, and how quickly it might wear off. (As the knob labeled "volume" gets turned up & down repeatedly over time, for example.)




    2 years ago

    WOW!!! Thanks so much for making it so simple and understandable!! Love the polyacrylic idea over modge podge. Sooooo much faster!