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My decal products are decorative and not dishwasher safe. Firing decals have to be used for products to be safe for food serving. Printing firing decals requires very special printing systems and cannot be done with a laser printer / inkjet printer. The only exception is iron-oxide printing using HP laser printer and so called ‘Bel-Type’ decal paper https://drdecalmrhyde.com/shop/waterslide-decal-paper-firing-bel-type-laser-printers-a4/
I don’t specialise in ‘how iron-oxide printing works’ but all I can tell you is I have quite a few customers produce firing decals using a HP laser printer, the Bel Type decal paper and a kiln (for firing at 800+C). You can google this to find more detailed information.

Firing (Bel Type) Decal Paper

Iron oxide laser printing using a HP mono colour laser printer is the most cost effective way of firing decals. It requires under $1000 to start, and maintenance is easy and cost effective too. That’s why there are many home businesses that print firing decals using iron oxide decal printing. It provides mono colour (brown-ish) but some of my customers paint different colours on top manually.

 

Why should I use iron oxide firing decals?

Once these decals are fired on, they stay on! They are one of our most durable products and leave a natural looking product that can be washed and used freely. The iron oxide firing decal leaves behind a natural sepia colour, but you can get more creative with colours by painting with additional glaze or paint.

What surface can I print on?

Some of the best surfaces to print on are clay, glass, and glaze. The materials must withstand high temperatures. Also please ensure that you use a compatible glaze, if it starts to bubble or move at high temperatures your image will not be transferred properly.

Which printers are compatible with Iron Oxide firing decals?

We recommend only Canon or HP Black-Only (mono) printers as these are the only ones that have enough iron oxide/ferrite in the cartridges (above 30%).

  • Canon: ANY black and white laser printers are safe to use
  • HP: MOST black and white laser printers are also compatible but make sure to avoid any that describe their technology as “LaserJet Flow”, “Managed”, or “Never Stop”. And the HP model numbers to avoid (as of Dec 2020): HP LaserJet 103/107/108/408, HP LaserJet MFP 131/133/135/136/137/138, HP LaserJet MFP M440/MFP 432/M437/M438/M439/M442/M443, HP LaserJet MFP M42523/M42525/M42623

The printer must also specifically be “Black-Only”, and not a colour printer set to black-only mode.

Which cartridges/toner can I use?

Use HP or Canon cartridges that have Iron Oxide or Ferrite in the toner ingredients. To see if the cartridge has either of these ingredients, check the respective MDSS sites on HP or Canon. The iron oxide firing decal requires a high level of iron oxide/ferrite to get a strong red or brown image. Some MICR toners may also work, but use these with caution as they may have too much iron oxide.

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What settings do I use?

  • Paper Type: Heavy Paper
  • Temperature: This will depend on what surface you are printing on, refer to the printing chart for advice. If the temperature is too hot, the image may fade, and if it is too cool, the image may not adhere properly and wipe off easily after firing.

Having problems?

The most common issues come from not following the above steps correctly. Ensure you are using the right printer (HP or Canon only), cartridges, the correct temperature, and compatible materials. For any further queries please contact us through our website.

Printers that take 30% Fe Oxide Cartridges are: HP Laser Jet Pro M102W / HP Laserjet P1102w / HP laserjet Pro M102a / HP laserjet Pro M130a / HP laserjet Pro M130fn / HP laserjet Pro M130fw / HP laserjet Pro M130nw (i.e available at NES Printer Specialists in Castle Hill for $138.00. www.nesonline.com.au. Ph +61 2 98947158. The toner cartridges are sold at TonerCity.com.au).

We recommend only Canon or HP Black-Only (mono) printers as these are the only ones that have enough iron oxide/ferrite in the cartridges (above 30%).

  • Canon: ANY black and white laser printers are safe to use
  • HP: MOST black and white laser printers are also compatible but make sure to avoid any that describe their technology as “LaserJet Flow”, “Managed”, or “Never Stop”. And the HP model numbers to avoid (as of Dec 2020): HP LaserJet 103/107/108/408, HP LaserJet MFP 131/133/135/136/137/138, HP LaserJet MFP M440/MFP 432/M437/M438/M439/M442/M443, HP LaserJet MFP M42523/M42525/M42623

The printer must also specifically be “Black-Only”, and not a colour printer set to black-only mode.

It will make the fired decals better if you make the images darker and the toner saver off on your printer setup.

You need to experiment to find out the optimum firing temperature & rate for your glaze. If the temperature is too high, the colour will bleed. And if too low, the colour will not set. Most laser transfer decals fire permanently onto pre-glazed ware at cone 04 when using glazes that mature at cone 6 and higher. Most glazes that mature at cone 04 will accept laser decals fired to cone 06. Most commercial decals, chinapaints and lusters fire to maturity between cone 015 and 017.

My decal products are decorative and not dishwasher safe. Firing decals have to be used for products to be safe for food serving. Printing firing decals requires very special printing systems and cannot be done with a laser printer / inkjet printer. The only exception is iron-oxide printing using HP laser printer and so called ‘Bel-Type’ decal paper https://drdecalmrhyde.com/shop/waterslide-decal-paper-firing-bel-type-laser-printers-a4/
I don’t specialise in ‘how iron-oxide printing works’ but all I can tell you is I have quite a few customers produce firing decals using a HP laser printer, the Bel Type decal paper and a kiln (for firing at 800+C). You can google this to find more detailed information.

The Bel type decal paper is a non-conventional waterslide decal product for ‘Iron-Oxide’ firing decal printing customers. They use HP laser printers (black toner) and fire around between 500C and 1000C (for instance, 650C rate 150C / hour) using kilns and firing temperature varies depending on products and thickness. You may need to experiment to find the optimum temperature for your product.

If you are referring to iron oxide firing using HP mono colour laser printer, you can order from https://drdecalmrhyde.com/shop/waterslide-decal-paper-firing-bel-type-laser-printers-a4/