Product Discovery: JudiKins TranzIt Rinse-Away Paper

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TranzIt Rinse Away Paper

There are TONS of ways to transfer images to polymer clay. Inkjet, waterslide decals, toner with alcohol, toner with gin, direct…and on and on.

I have discovered a NEW way to get extraordinary and fast transfer onto polymer clay–JudiKins TranzIt Rinse-Away Paper. Designed for use with TranzIt gel for image transfers, TranzIt Rinse-Away Paper is the perfect transfer medium for polymer clay. Retailing for $7.75 for 5 sheets, it’s not inexpensive. However, you will be thrilled with using this paper.

The paper is made from cellulose. When it comes into contact with water, it immediately breaks down. Thus, you can only use this paper with a laser printer or toner-based color or black-and-white copier. You cannot, I repeat cannot, use this paper with an inkjet printer–it will forever gum up your printer and render it useless. Now for the good news. You can have an image transfer in five minutes. Yes, you read correctly. Five minutes.

Here’s how:

  1. Print your images onto the paper using a laser printer or laser/toner copier (color or black-and-white). Most likely, a copy center will be reluctant to put this paper into their machines, but you could give it a try. I have a color laser printer, and it worked well. The paper buckled and curled a bit with the heat from the printer, but the images transferred easily and well.
  2. Cut out your image, leaving NO white space.
  3. Roll out a sheet of conditioned, light-colored polymer clay on your desired thickness setting. Place it either on your work surface, a baking surface like a tile, or on a deli sheet or waxed paper–depending upon how you’ll be using the transfer. I use light colors of clay (white, pearl, translucent, ecru or even silver or gold for a different look) since the transfer is translucent, and any backing clay color will show through the image.
  4. Place your printed image face-down on your conditioned clay. Cover it with a sheet of deli paper, plain paper, etc. Burnish the image through the paper using a bone folder or other burnishing tool. I do this so the tool doesn’t drag across the raw clay as I go past the edges of the conditioned clay. Burnish from the center of the image out towards the edges to ensure that you do not trap any air between the image and the clay. Remove the cover paper.
  5. Wait at least 5 minutes. DO NOT WAIT MORE THAN 20 or 30 MINUTES. I let a piece wait for too long (an hour or so), and the image smeared.  15 minutes was fine.  I haven’t ventured past 20 minutes since the smear incident. :-(
  6. Take your image to the sink and run water over it. You will see the paper dissolve and rinse away.
  7. Make sure all of the cellulose material has rinsed away. You may find remnants sticking to the dark areas of your image. Gently wash/wipe these away.
  8. Form your piece with your image and bake. You can also cover the image with a VERY thin layer of liquid polymer clay to protect it.

Now, wasn’t that easy? I thought so. I’ve been experimenting with this paper a bit, and if I find different issues with it, I’ll report back here. However, I do have to say that this is the EASIEST image transfer I’ve ever created on polymer clay.

I’ve linked to JudiKins’ retail store so you can get your own (no, I don’t get commission for this…I just don’t know who is stocking this stuff, and I thought it would be easiest for you got get it from the source).

Have fun!

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8 responses to “Product Discovery: JudiKins TranzIt Rinse-Away Paper

  1. Just a little note. I have used the Tranz It! gel medium with some of the photo papers on polymer clay and it makes wonderful transfers. In fact there is a Strathmore paper that is my favorite when using the TranzIt!. The best transfers ever and the paper peels right off–no soaking, no rinsing. I tried transfers using the directions on the TranzIt! container and even with six different brands of transparencies, none of them worked good enough to get a recognizable image. The directions on my TranzIt! container says to use the medium with an inkjet printer. I have not used the Rinse-Away paper and had hesitated purchasing it since the TranzIt directions were so far off or were so lacking in details. At any rate, I am very happy to see your report. If you want to see how I use the TranzIt!, it is at http://www.heartofclay.com/page39.htm. I’ll pick up some of the Rinse-Away and see how I like it.

  2. Jeanne, it’s interesting that you’ve transferred onto PC using a gel medium. I’ve always used LPC as a wet medium since I was afraid the acrylic components in the gel mediums would bubble when being cured. However, the Rinse-Away Paper doesn’t need a medium to transfer the image. In fact, Donna Kato does direct transfers on raw clay by just printing onto cheap copy paper using her laser printer, wetting the image and rubbing off the paper–all on UNCURED clay. It’s the same principle, but with the Rinse-Away paper, you don’t have to worry as much about smudging the image as you rub off the paper. Thanks for sharing your techniques…you’ve obviously spent a lot of time experimenting!

  3. Just another comment–The TranzIt! dries so quickly that it is important to have images ready to apply to it. I have never had any bubble and no one in my classes/demos (about 80 paricipants) has ever had any bubbles. I’m sure it is because by the time it is burnished, it is completely dried before curing. Again, it dries fast! I have found though with most clays, the inks do not transfer well until the clay is cured using the TranzIt—but this is with the papers in the tutorial.

    I have done transfers onto raw clay as Donna does (Took her class when she was doing them and soaking in water to remove paper), but I prefer any method that allows the image to be applied and the paper peeled off leaving the image.

    There must be more methods to transfer images than any other technique we use with polymer clay. ;) I have had varying degrees of results depending on the methods, papers, wet mediums, brands of clays, cured, uncured–you name it. What is most important is to find the finished effect (and there is a huge range of effects) that one desires and be able to get those results consistently. And unfortunately with the change in formulas of papers and clays, this becomes difficult.

    Off to a Kim Cavender workshop at Artists’ Oasis today. Hope to find the Rinse-Away paper there.

    A mini review–Kim Cavender gave a short demo yesterday at Artists’ Oasis. Tips, tips and more tips. She is a great teacher.

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  6. April Blue

    Thank you for the informative article on another new paper transfer by JudiKins! Great reviews too!

  7. Thanks for the great demo last Friday! I love the way the transfer worked. You are right! The easiest transfer method ever.

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