Ceramic Decals

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The very first decals were used for ceramics, tiles and glass. Invented in France around 1750 these decals (then known as decalcomania) could provide the kind of fine detail and colour images otherwise only obtainable through masterful painting. The decals became popular for decorating fine porcelain.

Some decals were made to withstand the refiring process that ceramics and porcelain were subjected to. Other decals were applied to a finished product and protected with a thin lacquer or varnish. Sometimes these decals decorated a functional item, but often the item was merely a backing for a fine decal illustration. Decorative plates were one common example.

Decorating ceramics and porcelain is a less common hobby these days. Modern day devices are expected to be functional as well as aesthetically pleasing, and ceramics tend only to be pleasing to look at. None the less decals can be used for this purpose, though we do not recommend any heating.

One popular trend a generation ago was to put a graduation photo or family portrait onto a plate. Perhaps this might make a comeback with photorealistic decals.

Fans of decorating ceramics or porcelain might try:

  • Waterslide decals
  • Waterslide decal paper
  • Thin decals
  • Thin decal paper
  • Scale model decal paper
  • Repurposed Model decals
  • Inkjet decal paper
  • Blue backing decal paper
  • Blue backing decal.

Plastic model decals and metallic decals may not be suitable for plates, ceramics and porcelain, but perhaps there are unseen possibilities here.

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