Designs to Fiber Paper
Here's a neat trick
that may be helpful if you're cutting out fiber paper for kiln
carving. All it requires is a computer, some graphic software,
and the ability to print to a laser printer.
Start by creating
your design on the computer, then use the software on your computer
to reverse the image. You want to flip the image in the
software so that it's a mirror image. Some software does this
automatically, and some printers can print mirror images on command.
Once you've printed
the image, transfer it to fiber paper with a common household iron.
Set the iron to its hottest setting and lay the page down on the
fiber paper with the toner image against the fiber paper. Iron until
the paper starts to turn "brown".
The transferred image will be light, but still dark enough to use as
a guide for your razor or scissors.
This trick won't work
with an ordinary inkjet printer -- it requires toner ink (used in
laser printers and most copiers) -- but you can print the image out
with an inkjet printer then photocopy it on a copier that uses
Copyright 2006 Brad Walker.
All rights reserved.
Thanks to Paul Tarlow for this