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The Art of Lifting Decals and Prints with Glue

I discovered Weldbond glue in the hardware store that I shop at and Walmart has it too.
I was looking for something to repair a piece of ceramic.
It can be used for both ceramic decal making and for ceramic lifting prints from magazines, books or posters.
It does not work on photographs, but you can take a photo down and get a lazar copy of it and then it will work on that.
You can not use a bubble jet printer to make your copy because the colors will run when they get wet and ruin your picture.

Lifted prints or decals can be bonded to many different surfaces such as canvas, glass, wood, ceramic, fabric and metal.
Other materials can also be experimented with.

The glue has the advantage of being diluted with water and is therefore inexpensive to use and easy to clean up.
It can be used on decals in place of lacquer or epoxy finishes and is less prone to heat damage and stretching.


Small dish for mixing glue and water mixture.
One inch soft brush.
Dish for soaking backing off decal.


Mix one part water to three parts glue.
Put about eight coats of the one to three mixture on the front of the print to be lifted.
Allow fifteen to twenty minutes between each coat of the glue, depending on the drying conditions at the time.
You can use a hair dryer on the low setting to hurry the process up if you want to.


When you have finished putting on the eight coats or the number of coats you feel are necessary to the print, set it aside for about twelve to twenty four hours to allow proper curing.
After the curing time has been completed, the glue will have turned completely clear.


Soak the print in lukewarm water until the paper backing is completely wet.
The paper should peel off easily.
Use your finger to roll the paper away from the back of the decal.
If it doesn't roll easy, soak it again and rub with your finger and the paper should roll off.
The warm water will turn your print milky, but it will return to when it dries.
Put your decal someplace safe to dry.


When the ceramic decal is completely dry put one or two coats of the three to one mixture on the back of the decal to protect the ink which has been picked up from the paper surface.
After your decal is perfectly dry, you can put it on your piece of pottery by putting a thin coat of undiluted glue as the bonding agent.
This is a very inexpensive way to make a decal and you get excellent results.
Have fun, you can turn your favorite picture into a ceramic masterpiece.

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The best way of starting out is to take a few lessons from Youtube. You will probably waste quite a bit in materials when you first get started. Figuring out how to truly make handmade pottery correctly and shape into what you want it to be can be quite an ordeal. The different tools that a normal shop will have can be fun to try. You will soon see which ones you like to use the most and then when you are ready you will know which ones to buy.

With the help of the internet, you can now purchase most if not all of your ceramic and pottery tools and supplies online. We are located far from any well supplied dealers and yet working with reliable ceramic and pottery suppliers online has allowed us to recieve most of our orders within a timely manner.

When you get all set up, just enjoy the hobby and have fun at it. Some people get pretty serious and start selling their creations at craft fairs and small stores, but others just like to create items for themselves, relatives, and friends. Whichever kind of handmade pottery you desire to endeavor, enjoy the hobby and have fun doing it.

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