Ceramic Tile Panel

Method

  1. Copy your image in reverse or mirror onto the shiny side of a sheet of Lazertran using a colour photocopier.
  2. Heat the sheet of Lazertran in a domestic oven for a few minutes to make sure the toners have been melted properly. This will avoid tiny pinholes occurring later in the process. You need to set your oven to about 180 degrees C 350 degrees F or gas mark 6. You will find the colours go very shiny. You can also do this using a heat-gun.
  3. Arrange your tiles carefully onto the Lazertran sheet and position so you have an even border around the tiles. I have used an A3 sheet, (17"x11" sheet in the USA) and this fits a 12"x4" tile panel almost perfectly
  4. Place the first tile in the corner and cut around it with a sharp blade. Continue doing this until all 12 tiles have been cut.
  5. Soak the cut Lazertran squares in a tray of clean water for about 2 minutes. The Lazertran will roll up.
  6. Lift out of the water and place, face down, onto the first tile.
  7. Slide off the white backing sheet leaving the decal face down on the tile.
  8. Position, then using a rubber squeegee remove any air bubbles and moisture from under the decal. Continue until all 12 tiles have their decals applied.
  9. Place all the tiles in a cold domestic oven. Set the temperature on the lowest possible setting.
  10. Leave for at least one hour then slowly increase the temperature in 10 minute stages until the surface of the tile goes very shiny and sticky. This will take some time but as a guide the temperature should reach about 180 degrees C, 380 degrees (gas mark 6 or 7). The most important thing is that the decal goes shiny.
  11. Turn the oven off when the decals have properly melted and allow to cool.

Notes

Be careful when using grout to mount the finished design, as the grout is abrasive and may scratch the image.