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How to Create a Metallic Effect Decal

Looking to add a touch of glamour and luxury to your next project?

Metallic effect decals are the perfect way to do just that!

These decals give off a beautiful metallic sheen and can be applied to a glazed ceramic surface or glass.

In this blog post, we will explain what Metallic effect decals are and what benefits they have.

We will also provide a step-by-step guide on how we create your Metallic effect decals!

What Is Special About Metallic Decals

As the name suggests, Metallic effect decals have a metallic finish. However, we shouldn’t confuse metallic decals with precious metal decals or hot foil effects. The “metallic” decal is not a mirrored finish but a colour with a shine or sheen. More like you see on metallic car paint. 

This gives them a unique look that is perfect for adding a touch of luxury to any project. The metallic pigments can also complement actual precious metals and foil effects

Metallic effect decals are made by mixing colour and fine particles of metallic flake into a screen printing medium. This ink mix is printed through screens that are coarser than normal so as to allow the passing of this thick ink mix.

And, these decals are not only stylish, but they are also extremely versatile. They can be used on a variety of surfaces, including ceramics, glass metals and enamels.

The Process

So now that you know all about Metallic effect decals, let’s get started on how we apply them!

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 object to be decorated, 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 or curing. In the case of ceramic decals they are fired with the carrier coating in place. For organic decals it is always necessary to remove the peelable coating first before curing at the lower temperature.

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