We are very excited to announce a new product here at Bracker’s…Waterslide Decals!  We had so much fun with these Decals that we just had to share it with all of you!   So slide on down below to watch the video.  Then pop on over to shop and buy these great decals with our fabulous introductory offer..

Click here for the recommending firing schedule

Solid and full color decals are on sale for $7.50/sheet and metallic decals are on sale for $10/sheet.  Plus, pick up a Bracker’s chizler (as seen in the video) for only $1.00.  To top it all off, use coupon code decalship to get free priority mail shipping on any number of decals!  Browse our decals here!

Learn more about digital decals here

Ceramic and glass digital decals are printed using specially formulated mineral toners. The high resolution photographic rendering is unmatched by other printing processes. Our minimum order of one sheet makes digital decals convenient for small scale projects. Best suited for photographic type images Order minimum 1 sheet Printable area is 10.25in x 15.75in or 26cm x 40cm Digital decals are printed using a CMYK 4 color process. The cyan, magenta, yellow, and black are mineral pigments. No metallic colors or white can be printed with our glass and ceramic digital decals. Digital decals have a translucent appearance on glass and when used with light color glazes and glass.

Learn about Silkscreen Decals here

Traditional silkscreen decals are printed using liquid decal toners that are squeegeed through a design unique screen. Different colors in a single design requires the creation of two or more screens to allow for the color diversity. Best suited for solid color images (that is, images without color gradient) Order minimum 6 sheets Printable area is 10.75in x 16.75in or 27.3 cm x 42.5 cm. Silkscreen decals have a strong opacity on glass precious metal printing available with a surcharge based on amount used

 

ARE THESE DECALS FOOD SAFE?

Most of our decals are lead free and cadmium free.  However, digital decals are printed with toners that contain small amounts of lead.  Click here to read more about safety and your products.

I GET SOME PINHOLES AND CRATERS ON MY FIRING?

The pinholes and craters are usually caused by air or water bubbles which are trapped underneath the decals and

WHY ARE THE DECALS TINTED YELLOW/ORANGE/GREEN?

Decal printers often use a yellow tint in the covercoat or flux to help ensure proper coverage of the decals.  Don’t fret!  The tint is in the finish coating and will NOT be visible after the decal has fired.

I ORDERED WHITE DECALS BUT THEY LOOK PINK!  WHY?

We use a pink dye when printing white color to help us properly align the screen on the white paper.

AFTER FIRING, THE DECALS HAVE PINHOLES AND BLOWOUTS.  WHAT HAPPENED?

These holes come from water or air bubbles that have remained underneath the decal and burst through it once they expand in the kiln.  A more careful decoration and drying period before firing should help.  Use a rubber/ silicone tool to chase all the air and water out; a squeegee is best, but a silicone kitchen spatula will also work in a pinch.

Be sure to wipe your work clean and dry with a lint free cloth before firing.   You also may want to consider letting the decal air dry for several hours.  A close inspection under a light after the drying period should reveal any visible bubbles before putting it in the kiln.  You may be able to pop the bubbles by using a clean, thin needle to pierce the bubbles; subsequently use a piece of paper towel moistened with hot water to gently reapply the decal in that area.  Inspect the decorated ware carefully for any remaining trapped air or water.

To prevent pinholes, we have found it helpful to slow the firing down especially below 500F.

I WAS VERY CAREFUL, BUT STILL GOT PINHOLES AND BLOWOUTS.  WHAT ELSE CAN I DO TO PREVENT THEM?

With your next decal application, use warmer water and also gently warm up the ware.  A warmed ware to the touch will help soften the decal. You can soak it in a tub of hot water, place under an incandescent light or even a quick toast in a toaster oven.  A note about heating:  if your ware is too hot to hold then it will be too hot to receive the decal.

If your ware or clay is very textured or undulating then it will likely be difficult to avoid pinholes and blowouts.

WHERE CAN I FIND A SMALL SQUEEGEE?

The Bracker’s lil chizler works great and it’s only $1.00!

THE DECAL WIPED RIGHT OFF AFTER FIRING?  WHAT HAPPENED?

This can sometimes happen if you neglect to remove the white paper backing or wax paper on top before applying and firing.  This can also happen if you accidentally apply the decal upside down.

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