Low-temperature open stock decals provide a cost-saving
and convenient alternative for decorators of ceramic and glass.
Low-temperature open stock decals are an environmentally
sound alternative for decorating glass, ceramics and other materials.
The decals can be used to print colors like bright
purples and pinks.
Open stock decals have been available for many years and
are unique and valuable resources that can help ceramic and glass decorators
expand, experiment and reach for new possibilities. Most importantly, they can
add to the bottom line and give businesses a competitive edge in providing the
services and products their clients demand. With open stock decals, there are
no artwork or development costs, and no excess inventory. Companies simply
order what they need when they need it-and minimum orders are typically not
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.
Low-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
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).
Low-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;
or visit www.instardecals.com.