Instructions for Using Sulky Colored Iron-on Transfer Pens
- Always test transfer pen on a sample of the receiving surface to assure precise results.
- When transferring onto any surface where ink penetration might occur, protect surface underneath.
- When transferring a design that won't be covered with embellishments, the receiving fabric must contain at least 35% polyester to insure permanency of ink; wait 3-5 days before laundering gently with mild detergent.
- When outlining patterns for transfers, the image will be reversed when transferred to another surface. Important for numbers and letters: To get the transferred image to appear in the original direction, draw or trace the design onto plain paper with a dark marker or #2 pencil; turn paper over and retrace image on the wrong side with the transfer pen.
- Another method is to trace design onto clear acetate; turn acetate over and trace reversed image onto regular paper with the transfer pen.
- Press down on the pen lightly to form a fine line, and harder for a broad line.
- Preheat dry iron to the hottest setting that receiving surface can stand without scorching. The hotter the iron, the faster and darker the design will transfer. DO NOT USE STEAM!
- Follow directions on pen to start the flow of ink.
- Draw or trace design onto any smooth paper, like copy paper or loose-leaf paper.
- Place transfer, ink side down, against the receiving surface.
- Hold transfer in place and press iron down firmly. Move iron slightly to avoid light impression under steam holes.
- After about 30 seconds, without shifting the transfer pattern, lift a corner to see if design has transferred to your satisfaction. If not, reapply iron.
- After tracing the outline of the pattern, press the tip of the pen onto a cotton swab and allow the swab to absorb the ink. Remove excess ink by rubbing the swab gently on paper.
- Apply ink to the pattern where shading is desired by rubbing the swab softly in a circular motion. Reapply ink frequently. Use a new cotton swab with each 3 or 4 applications.
- If shading is too dark, it can be lightened or erased with an extra soft white eraser.
- Though outlines of transfers may be used 3-4 times, shading is lighter and may need to be reapplied after each use.
This ink is permanent. Works best on light or pastel colored poly-cotton blends.