The petite man’s overwhelming smile lifted his wire rim glasses “Please, leave your sandals here.” He pointed to a hewn shelf dwarfed by the adjacent gilded doors.
The hem of his gauze pants swept the marble corridor floor in front of us. We approached a wall of panes distorting the world it contained.
A series of metal clicks and a swoosh of cool wet air ushered me over the marble threshold. Petrar must have thought I was high. I stood for a moment head cocked upward before I repossessed the sense to close my mouth. Like slow motion confetti, rare butterflies drifted through the atmosphere.
And then… on a vine 24 inches from my face, it alighted. The Pachliopta hector.
IOD Décor Transfers are a little delicate, and need some careful handling, but the outcome is worth every minute you invest. With a little instruction, they are easy to use and add instant style to your projects. ( Make sure to check out our new White Transfers for a beautiful design on your deeper richer colors!)
Preparation is Key
Keep your transfer with its backing sheet until you are ready to apply. Keep free of dust or debris, which will interfere with adhesion. Do not allow the adhesive side of transfer to touch anything prior to application. When handling the transfer, avoid letting the adhesive side touch itself (don’t do in a windy environment). Do not store transfer in extreme temperatures or humid conditions, which can affect adhesion
Start with a clean, dry, matte surface. If painted, make sure it’s well cured, and if you have sanded the paint, make certain there is no residual dust. All of these things will interfere with adhesion.
Carefully remove the transfer from its white backing. Slowly and carefully lower the transfer onto your intended surface, making sure that it does not touch until the placement is correct because once it's down on your project surface, you must commit. Use small pieces of low tack tape to hold the transfer in place while you make the image transfer.
Using the provided tool, or one of your choice, start at one end of the transfer and rub firmly to adhere the image to the surface. Do this until the entire image is transferred. You are welcome for the free arm workout as well. If any parts of the transfer aren’t transferred when you lift, simply lay it back down and rub more on that portion.
After it is transferred, with a clean dry hand, smooth down any bits that aren’t flatly adhered. Using a lint-free dish cloth will also help give your transfer a final burnishing before you seal the piece.
We recommend sealing with a water based (or not harsh solvent based) sealer (waxes created for chalk type paints also work well if they don’t contain harsh solvents).