Now, one of the questions I get an awful lot,
especially from new scrollers, is how to attach the pattern to the wood. Now, there’s a
lot of different methods and each scroll saw artist has their own preferred method. But
I thought I’d share a few of the more popular ways of doing it. And that way, you can decide
which way would work best for you. So there’s basically 3 different ways of putting the
pattern to the wood. The first method is to transfer the pattern directly to the wood.
The second method would be to lay down a substrate and glue the pattern to the substrate. And
that makes for really easy pattern removal. And the last way is to glue the pattern directly
to the wood. So let’s take a look at the first method in transferring the pattern directly
to the wood. Now, on of the most direct ways putting the pattern to the wood is simply
draw on the wood itself. That’s easy enough for simple patterns, but when you get something
a little more complex, that is really quite far out of my skillset. And I’m not comfortable
doing that. But for simple patterns, it works great. Now, you can also use carbon paper.
Carbon paper can be found in any craft store. I usually find it in the woodcrafts area.
And it’s a great way of transferring a pattern or a design to another surface. You simply
put the carbon paper directly behind the pattern, you tape everything down, and with the pencil,
you kinda draw the outline of your design. Then once you remove both pattern and carbon
paper, the outline of your design has been transferred to your wood. Now, if you don’t
have graphite paper, you can always use a soft pencil. I like to use these soft pencils
you use for drawing. The softer the pencil, the better. All you gotta do is simply scribble
on the back of your pattern and lay down a nice thick, dark color on the back of the
pattern. Then, when you retrace it on the front side, the pattern will transfer through.
This next method works with a laser printer or photocopy machine. What you’re going
to have to do is print out your pattern in reverse because it will get reversed when
you transfer the pattern. I’m going to have an iron heating here. I have it on the highest
setting. And what it’s essentially going to do is, it’s going to melt the toner and
transfer the toner directly to the wood. And with your iron, give it some really good firm
pressure. You’re really going to have to work with it and keep checking what you’re
doing, because it takes a while. So the next method also uses a laser printer or a photocopy.
And again, we’re going to have to reverse the image because we’re going to transfer
the toner directly to the wood. In order to do that, we’re going to use acetone. Now,
acetone is really noxious stuff. And it’s highly flammable, so make sure you use the
proper protection and be in a well ventilated area. With the acetone, I’m just going to
use a paper towel. I’m going to soak the paper towel with acetone, then I’m going
to apply it to my pattern. And the pattern will turn translucent. And once it turns translucent,
then we’ll use the back of a spoon; I’m using the back of a razor blade. But I’m
going to go ahead and rub onto those areas of black, and that will kinda transfer the
toner directly to the wood. So the next method, we’re actually using an inkjet printer.
And, again, we’re going to have to flip the image so that when we transfer the ink
to the wood, everything is oriented right. And what I did, I just took a label for like
mailing address labels, and I peeled off all of the labels, and what’s left behind is
this waxy surface. So when you run it through the inkjet printer, the ink will actually
sit on top of the surface without penetrating into the paper itself. So, in essence, this
is all wet ink. So all we have to do is carefully place this onto our wood. And we’ll rub
the back of it to transfer the ink to the wood. So the next category is using a substrate.
Now, a substrate is a material you put on top of the wood and then you glue the pattern
directly on top of the substrate. Now, the advantage of something like that is that you
can remove the pattern and the substrate relatively easy with very little cleanup. So, let’s
go ahead and talk about substrates first. And then we’ll cover how we can glue the
pattern to the substrate. So the most popular substrate among scrollers is blue painter’s
tape. Now, painter’s tape is really great because it is relatively low tack and when
you remove the pattern it doesn’t leave any kind of sticky residue behind. So that
is very popular among scrollers. To add the substrate to the wood, you just simply tear
off a piece and cover your entire work surface. Just overlapping very slightly. And once everything
is covered, you can flip it over and trim off the excess. You can also use contact paper.
And I’m using the clear contact paper. And you can find this over in the kitchen area
of your store. And the nice thing about it, is it comes in these giant rolls, which are
pretty wide. So they’re going to accommodate most projects that you work with. You just
roll it out, cut off what you need, peel off the backer and put your board right on top,
and cut off the excess and you’re done. So, here’s a novel method. Go to your kitchen
and grab some of this Glad Press’n Seal. Now, you can’t use regular saran wrap. It
really has to be the Glad Press’n Seal. And the nice thing about this stuff, is there’s
no glue involved. So, unlike the tape method, there’s no chance in leaving behind a sticky
residue. It’s really easy to apply. Just pull off a little strip. I like to use a little
credit card as a burnisher to really get a nice tight bond to it. You’d be really surprised
how well this stuff grips. We got all of our substrates attached to the wood. Now the next
step would be to glue the pattern directly to the substrate. So, this is a good time
to talk about the different gluing techniques. Now, the very first one we’re going to cover
is about as straight forward as you can get. It is your standard white glue, or PVA glue.
Exactly the way we used to do when we were kids, we just lay down a little bit of glue,
spread it out, attach your pattern, and wait for it to dry. If PVA glue is a little bit
too messy, you can get a glue stick. Now, this glue stick is unique that it is purple.
So when you put it on to the back of your pattern, it shows up purple. And then, as
it dries, it dries clear. All you gotta do is flip over your pattern, put the glue on,
turn it back over, stick it to your substrate, and you’re done. You can also use rubber
cement. Now, rubber cement works a little bit different. What you’re going to do is
put a nice even layer of rubber cement on the back of your pattern. And a nice even
layer of rubber cement on your substrate. And you’re going to let both of those dry.
And once they’re dry, they’re still a little bit tacky. And when you place the two
surfaces together, it becomes a permanent bond. So it’s a nice way of getting a strong
bond between a pattern the substrate. So a super easy way of attaching your pattern to
your substrate is simply print your pattern on full sheet label. You can’t get much
easier than this. You just peel back the label. You stick it on to your substrate. No fuss,
no muss. The labels are a little expensive, but what you lose in expense, you certainly
make up for convenience. So the most common way of attaching the pattern to the substrate
is to use a spray adhesive. Now, there are many different brands out on the market. I’m
using 3M Super 77. And I’ve had pretty good luck with this. It has a nice strong bond.
Now the problem with using spray adhesive is that the overspray kinda gets everywhere.
So you might want to do this outside or in your garage. And it also has a lot of fumes,
so you’ll want a well ventilated area. There’s a couple ways of using your spray adhesive.
One method is to flip over your pattern, spray your pattern, and what you do is let that
dry for a little bit. What you’re looking for is for it to get tacky. Kinda like the
back of a Post It Note. And once it’s to that state, you just simply put it onto your
substrate, and you press it on, and you’re ready to go. If you want a more permanent
bond, you also spray the back of your work piece. And you also wait until it gets tacky
like that as well. So that covers the use of substrates. So the next method is to attach
the pattern to the wood itself. In order to do so, we’re going to use our spray adhesive.
Now, it’s going to work the exact same way, but we’re only going to spray the back of
the pattern. We’re not going to spray the back of the wood. We’re going to give it
a nice even coat. Let it dry until it gets to be tacky, kinda like a Post It Note. Then
we’ll attach the pattern directly to the wood. And this is becoming a very popular
way of attaching your pattern to your wood because it requires no additional material.
And the pattern removal is super easy if you use a little bit of mineral spirits, it practically
falls off. And we’ll cover pattern removal in the next video. So there you have it. Several
different ways of attaching your pattern to your work piece. Whether or not it be a image
transfer, or putting down a substrate and gluing your pattern to the substrate, or gluing
your pattern directly to the wood. So, how do you do it? How do you attach your pattern
to your work piece? Leave a comment below, I think the rest of us would love to hear
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