Hello. I live in Colorado, USA and frequently visit the galleries in small mountain towns. Many of the local photographers sell what looks like a metallic print mounted on a 12 x 12 inch slate tile. Do you know where I can order some of my photos mounted in that way? Thank you ...
Yes, just did that and got help from yet another helpful photographer. The photographers are doing that themselves and there is no, at present, off site business offering the service. Here is a link to How to do it:
Sun 28-Jul-13 11:45 AM | edited Sun 28-Jul-13 11:48 AM by coolmom42
If you use ordinary craft glue, the decoupage finish will eventually yellow and discolor.
I found one article that recommended something called Lascaux Fixativ, the author claimed it had not yellowed in 20 years.
I have seen several articles on transferring to wood. The photo image is basically dissolved in an acrylic gel and then the paper is peeled off. It would probably work just as well on slate as on wood.
This is one of the best articles I found, from Digital Photography School:
I think this would give some very interesting results, especially if you used a B/W or sepia toned image. Since the paper is actually removed, the color of the mounting material will come through. You would likely need a light-colored slate. It will give a very different result than just decoupaging the intact print on the mounting material.
working on it in Middle TN Nikon D3100
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Sun 28-Jul-13 02:12 PM | edited Sun 28-Jul-13 06:29 PM by GaryPk
I have made a prototype and decided on a plan:
12 x 12 slate tile Centered Photo 8 x 8
Finish the tile on all sides with SLATE tile sealer Affix the photo with two sided carpet tape. No moisture on photo and will not come up or off ... works great! Seal the entire front including the photo with Krylon Preserve It Digital Photo & Paper Protectant Gloss
I will make 5 and take them to the local gallery where the sell my unframed prints and see what happens ..
By the way, people often ask me if I make any money selling prints. The answer is a laugh and a big NO. With $8,000+ in equipment I would have to sell a hell of a lot of prints at $40 ea (my cut after the gallery) less printing and presentation costs. I do it for fun and I am a retired business man who "needs to sell something" even if it just makes my ego feel good. I do make a small profit on each sale if you consider materials cost of goods sold only with no regard for investment. www.GaryPackPhotography.com
Hi. Finally had time to finish 5 different tiles for "test market" sale in a local mountain gallery. These are 12 x 12, considerably larger than others I have seen. The Aspen wood pegs tie-off a rawhide strap (Boot shoelace ) that goes across the back for hanging . Gary
I want a Nikon 16-35mm lens and, just to keep it interesting, my own rule is that I have to earn at least half the cost through photography before I can get it.
Sat 03-Aug-13 07:41 PM | edited Sat 03-Aug-13 07:45 PM by rectangularimage
That looks nice. I wanted to point out you can get metal prints. Might give you more durability for in an outdoor setting or maybe a better match with the slate. I have yet to try one of these metal prints but been meaning to.
This thread inspired me to look at some fun ways to present images.
After following the link posted by Gary (post #3) and Diane (post #7) then watching a video I found when I searched “transfer photo to glass” I decided to do some experiments.
First I tried the technique in the link that Diane posted. This worked well just as described in the link. The only things that I did different is that I distressed the wood first and I did not finish it with the wax that they suggested – I just used Krylon Preserve it.
Here is the original bison image...
Next I tried transferring the image to ceramic tile. This method works best with light colored tile. These tiles match my kitchen floor.
I used basically the same method as with the wood but because the tiles are a non-porous surface it was harder to avoid ruining the images when you rub off the paper. To solve that problem I coated the tile and the image with the acrylic gel medium (described in the link in post #7 and the video I linked to above) and allowed both to dry. Then I put another thin coat on the tile and applied the paper with the image (face down) and allowed that to dry overnight.
The next day I was able to rub off all of the paper. In the end there will still be some fibers in the gel causing a slight haze over the image – another thin coat of gel will get rid of the haze.
The next one is more like what Gary is doing and it is similar to the decoupage technique is Gary’s link except I used the acrylic gel medium as the glue. I also coated the image with the gel and removed most of the paper (to make it thinner) before affixing it, face up this time, to the tile. Since the tile is dark and the paper is removed I also put a thin coat of white acrylic artist paint on the back of the image.
This one has more wrinkles then I would like so I am going to try it again to see if I can get it better. Aside from the wrinkles the image looks like it is printed on the tile rather than being a piece of paper glued to the surface.
All of this is time consuming, the gel dries slow, and takes a lot of hands on work but the results have great potential.
Sat 10-Aug-13 12:49 AM | edited Sat 10-Aug-13 01:16 AM by dm1dave
Yes – Laser printer with standard copier paper.
I made the color prints on a color laser printer at Kinkos (Fedex Office) and I have also had Office Depot print a couple on their color copier. The color copier printed darker with more dense toner - I actually liked the prints from laser printer better - the copier probably could have been better if I could have adjusted the brightness.
You need a toner based printer or copier so that the image (the toner) is on top of the paper rather than being absorbed. The cheap paper should be easier to remove then any heaver “premium” laser paper.
Getting color prints made this way may confuse the young employee at the local copy center as they are trained to use premium paper for photos.
The gel I have been using is Golden Gel Medium - Regular Gel (Gloss)