Here are the instructions from Monica Sargeant. Many of us have tried and failed at this technique. Monica has worked out some of the problems and made it more fool proof, her recommendation on using the 32 lb glossy paper seems to really help.
See the previous post for the materials list and my sample.
1. Prepare your images. Find the oldest copier you can, this may be difficult so look around and make as many copies as you can as you will need to experiment. Make your copies on the Hammermill glossy paper at the darkest setting. I have even used the transparency option so it really releases a lot of toner. You can usually feel the toner on the paper. You can also experiment with mirror images for words and phrases, or reversing the black and white. Cut out your image and leave about a 1 inch tab that you can use to remove the paper from the clay.
2. Prepare your polymer clay. Take a fresh package and roll it through your pasta machine at the thickest setting, 3 or 4 times is plenty. Lay your clay sheet on the wax paper. Move your clay sheet and wax paper to your portable surface.
3. Burnishing the Image. With the image side down place your paper on the clay. With the side of your hand or flattened palm, burnish the paper in a vigorous circular motion for at least 2 minutes. You donâ€™t want to smash the image but good pressure and friction are important here. Be sure to go over the entire surface of the image. I have read in one article that you need to let your burnished sheet sit about 6 â€“ 8 inches under a light for about 7 â€“ 10 minutes. I do it but havenâ€™t tested not doing it yet.
4. Reburnishing the Image. Repeat step 3. You should be able to see the plasticizer saturating the paper at this point. This is how you know you are burnishing hard enough. This is your last chance to burnish so really go over the whole surface of the image for the full 2 minutes.
5. The Reveal. Hold on to your wax paper and using the 1 inch tab of your image, pull the paper off of the clay sheet in one motion. If you burnished properly, the polymer clay will have stuck to the carbon toner on the paper image and you will have a polymer clay sheet with the image impression.
6. Bake it! Bake your paper sheet and your clay sheet in an oven for 15 minutes at the suggested 275 degrees. When you take it out of the oven, you can let the paper sheet cool for about 30 seconds then put it under something flat so it will not curl up so much. Make sure you lay your polymer sheet on something flat as soon as it comes out so it too lays nice and flat.
This is a process and if you have the patience and time it works great. I have experimented with different copiers and the old ones are the best. Burnishing is really important, having enough pressure makes a big difference.
By the By, this is not my invention, this is a technique used by polymer clay artists, that was made popular by Celie Fago for the PMC crowd.
You can visit Monica’s site at DelilasDelightJewelry.
Here’s the copier I use:
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