Ceramic Relief Decals: How To Add Depth and Texture To Your Ceramics

Adding texture and depth to your ceramics can be a challenge, but it’s definitely worth the effort!

One easy way to do this is by using ceramic relief decals. These decals are designed to add dimension and feel to your pieces..

In this blog post, we will discuss how to use these decals and some of the benefits they offer.

What are Ceramic Relief Decals

Ceramic relief decals are a great way to add texture and dimension to your pieces.

They are easy to apply and can be used on both functional and non-functional pieces.

One of the great things about these decals is that they can be applied to a smooth glazed surface to create a piece that looks like it has come from a mould.

Benefits of Using Ceramic Relief Decals

Ceramic relief decals offer a number of benefits for those looking to add texture and dimension to their pieces. 

1. One benefit is that they are very easy to use. Ceramic relief decals can be applied quickly and easily, without the need for any specialised skills or equipment. In order to have a new plate specially moulded to suit an embossed design or particular shape would have a high cost element associated with it.

2. Another benefit is that they are relatively inexpensive due to the low number of print passes required to create them. This makes them a great option for those on a budget.

3. Finally, ceramic relief decals are permanent when fired correctly. This means that you can create shaped pieces that will last for many years to come. It is also worth noting that ceramic relief decals are only for the onglaze firing process. Firing temperatures are around 820 degrees celsius.

With proper care, your ceramic pieces with relief decals will continue to look beautiful and unique for years to come.

Applying Ceramic Relief Decals

1. Placing the Decal / Styling the piece

First, we work out with you where you want to place the decal on the piece. This is done in the same way that you would cut an item of clothing. We create a template using the same material as the ceramic decal carrier coating and gradually cut, trim and shape it to the desired size. We then give you this cutter guide and the customer or the SIAK team can place the design to suit.

2. Lithographing and firing 

The process of applying the decal is called lithography. The finished screen printed ceramic decal is coated with a resin that allows the image to be placed in water where it releases from the gummed backing paper. Once soaked, remove the decal from the water where it will become loose on top of the moist gum. The decorator should then lightly wet the ceramic object, then slide the decal onto the glazed surface. Position the design to suit and then squeeze the excess water from the surface using a small decorators rubber. Using a dry, lint free cloth to finally smooth away excess moisture.

The piece should then be allowed to dry completely before firing.

When fired correctly, these decals will become permanent features of your piece.

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