SPECIAL SECTION/DECORATING: A Low-Temp Decal Alternative
In the past, however, open stock decals have been limited to use on either glass or ceramic. Each type had a different color palette and, thus, a different firing temperature. Now there is a new option-low-temperature open stock decals. The new low-temperature application process opens up new avenues of creativity for decorators while helping businesses meet the challenges of competing in today's often difficult marketplace.
ApplicationsLow-temperature decals are available in a wide variety of intricate designs, and can help businesses cut costs while providing high-quality, design-driven products that satisfy all the requirements of their demanding clientele. Just as with glass and ceramic decals, low-temperature decals can be used on glass lampshades, ceramic and glass lamp bases, giftware, jewelry, ceramic tile, kitchen utility ware, ceramic mugs, and other collectibles.
A low-temperature decal is applied the same way as other water-slide decals. However, the decal's cover coat is literally peeled off after drying. As an option, the decorated object can then be heat-cured at 300-320°F. The heat curing adds integrity to the design adherence and helps provide dishwasher resistance (though low-temperature decals are not intended for repeated dishwasher exposure).
BenefitsLow-temperature decals are totally lead-free, eliminating U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Proposition 65 concerns, and making them an environmentally sound decorating alternative. Another benefit of low-temperature decals is the wide range of colors available. The process can be used to print colors like bright purples and pinks, which are very difficult-and in some cases impossible-to reproduce using conventional glass and ceramic color processes.
Other benefits include lower energy bills, since a kiln isn't required to decorate the product; the ability to use one type of decal on a variety of products and surfaces; and the option of printing a combination of many designs on the same sheet, which helps control inventory.
For more information about low-temperature open stock decals, contact Instar Enterprises International Inc., 35 Cotters Lane, P.O. Box 6609, East Brunswick, NJ 08816; (732) 238-4100; fax (732) 238-4102; e-mail email@example.com; or visit www.instardecals.com.