Best Heat Press for Transferring Images to Metal?

by Dorothy Moser.

Best Heat Press for Transferring Images to Metal?  - Discussion on Jewelry Making Journal

I would like to use a heat press to transfer images to metal which I will then etch.

Does anyone use a heat press for this purpose?

And if so, what brand and model have you had good success with?
Thank you,

Dorothy Moser

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  1. Deb Lutz says:

    My local jewelry shop used some kind of t-shirt press, but my finances wouldn’t allow me to afford one of those. My first attempts were with a regular handheld iron with the steam turned off. While that worked, and I got reasonable results, it was difficult to get the photocopies to transfer consistently. My next attempt is going to be with a Hanger 9, Heat Sealing Iron. I read about a technique using one of those and in all my years of art/crafting, had never heard of one. They are available for under $20 on Amazon and other places, and look like they could be just the ticket for transfer work for etching on a smaller scale. The price was certainly right!

  2. Deb, thanks for sharing this helpful find! πŸ™‚

  3. Hi Dorothy,

    I have one of the heat sealing irons with a Teflon cover and it does a pretty good job on smaller pieces since it gets really hot. But, it can sometimes melt the ink on the transfer if it is kept on too long, so you have to be careful.

    Have you tried using a laminating machine? They are about $90 on Amazon. I used one successfully until the toner from my printer changed chemical composition and didn’t transfer as well as previous toner composition. They went “green” and quit using enough plastic (I think) in the toner so that it would result in a good “resist” for the etching solution.

    If you Google circuit board design, you may find the DIY instructions for using a laminating machine. I’m sorry but I can’t remember it now.

    Hope this helps!


  4. I am not sure what process you are using but what I use is laser printed images on PNP paper and transfer it to metal using either an iron or hot plate with a burnisher .

  5. Dorothy Moser says:

    Thank you so much for all your comments and inspiration. For whatever reason using an iron just does not give results I’m looking for. What I’m really searching for is what heat press others have had great success with. A couple months back I purchased a heat press off Amazon that reportedly most others have had success with. However, the machine that I received had more cold spots than hotspots etc. etc. and was returned. So I’m looking for one that others have used that have consistently provided solid results.

  6. Dorothy Moser says:

    I have read about using PNP and it sounds very enticing but for high output and a tight budget it will not be cost-effective for me. If I were making a few things here and there that would be the optimal choice… I’m planning to open an Etsy store this year and I would like to find an option that is less time-consuming and accommodates a faster pace.
    Thank you super jewelry makers for your voices of experience! πŸ™‚

  7. Dorothy Moser says:

    I am so excited! After researching considerably I have decided to order a Geo. Knight heat press. In the event that there are any interested readers out there I will give a full report once I have used it.
    Thanks so much for all of your support and information! πŸ™‚

  8. Dorothy, I so appreciate your keeping us updated on your heat press quest! I’ll look forward to your next update.

  9. Dorothy Moseer says:

    Total excitement! Have received my Geo Knight heat press and TOTAAAALLLLY love it! :). It is, so far, exactly what I had hoped for.

  10. Awesome, Dorothy! How exciting. I hope you’ll share what you’re creating with your new heat press – I can’t wait to see!

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