As a child I remember loving those little transfers you could get for instant colour and pattern. As a grown-up it's great to re-ignite those youthful passions. For those who work with clay, I'm talking about decals...
I made some floral brooches as a Christmas present idea last year and they were really popular, and have just finished a very-last-minute mother's day one too. So I thought I'd show you some step-by-steps.
For the full 'how to' guide, have a look here at Bailey Decal Ltd. where I bought my transfer sheets.
First of all you need to cut out your shape carefully. I used a protractor to get a nice round circle for the brooch.
Allow the decal section to soak (one at a time) until it starts to uncurl and relaxes slightly.
Pick up the decal with the backing paper and slide from the decal onto the ware (make sure the ware is clean first).
Position the decal in the correct position and hold one edge with a finger. I then use a rubber kidney to remove all water and air bubbles from under the decal. This bit is so important to really take your time over - be meticulous! Finally wipe carefully with a clean cloth and allow it to dry for 4-8 hours before a final firing.
I then glue on a backing with epoxy resin and this is the final result. I have a couple of these available in my etsy store.
You can make decals of almost anything - sketches or illustrations. I took a photograph of an image that I had made with coloured clay and have used that on some of my vessels, like on my bird vase below. The company I used is called Fotoceramic.
A ceramicist I met 'on-line' first pointed me in the direction of Bailey Decal Ltd. Her name is Jemma Millen and she makes fabulous hearts with floral decals on them too; check her out if you have the chance.