1. If you have difficult shapes to decorate :
a) Warm the ware. This makes the decal softer on contact.
b) Slightly increase the water temperature in the decorating bowl.

2. If you see a halo or “ghost” around the decal after firing :
a) Check the decorating water is clean.
b) Have you fired at the correct temperature ?
c) Was the kiln correctly ventilated ?

3. To store the decal sheets in good condition :
a) Store in a dry place.
b) Do not store near sources of heat or light.
c) Do not store in cold areas.
d) We recommend storing at 60 – 70 F

4. If you live in areas of hard water it can be beneficial to add just the slightest drop of washing liquid. Do not add more than a drop as this can dissolve the adhesive gum from the paper.

A step-by-step guide to perfect results.

The basic tools required to apply decals are a water bowl, a rubber squeegee and a soft cloth or paper towel.

A step-by-step guide to perfect results.

The basic tools required to apply decals are a water bowl, a rubber squeegee and a soft cloth or paper towel.

1. Fill your bowl / decorating tray with clean, room temperature water.

2. Soak each of your decal sections (one at a time) in the water until it starts to uncurl and slightly relaxes ( Do not allow the decals to soak for a long period of time as they will detach in the water)

3. Remove from the water and allow to rest for a few moments and you will notice that the decal will slide around on the backing paper when gently rubbed. The decal is now ready for use.

4. Make sure the ware is clean, any dirt or grease can affect the fired result.

5. Pick up the decal with the backing paper and slide the decal from the paper on to the ware. Do not apply upside down. Position the decal in the correct location and hold one edge with a finger and using the squeegee remove all water and air bubbles from under the decal.

6. Wipe carefully with a clean cloth or paper towel to remove surface water.

7. Make a final check for positioning, air bubbles and water etc. When the decal has been on the ware for a few minutes it cannot be moved.

8. Allow to dry for 4 to 8 hours before firing.

9. Poor application or lack of attention to detail can result in after firing defects so please ensure that care is taken and everything is clean. Change the water in your decorating bowl at regular intervals.

10. As a guide the firing temperatures for various types of ceramic as follows :

Earthenware 785 – 820 C
China 820 – 850 C
Porcelain 830 – 860 C
Digital decals 830 –  850 C

1.Identification of the product and compay

Trade name :Decals

Synonyms :Transfers, Decalcomanias

Supplier :Bailey Decal Ltd.

Trent House,
Dunning Street, Phone : +44 1782 524400
Tunstall Fax : +44 1782 524414
Stoke on Trent Email : natalie@baileydecal.co.uk
United Kingdom

2. Composition / information on ingredients
Decals contain inorganic ceramic colour within a thin organic film printed on to paper.
Some decals may contain elements such as lead, cadmium etc.
The thin organic film contains dried organic, resinous ink vehicles and lacquers.

3. Hazards identification
The ceramic colours used in decals may contain ingredients hazardous to health. During the normal process of applying decals these hazards can not be exhibited.
The water – soluble coating on the paper (used for decals) maybe an irritant. The soaking water should be changed at regular intervals.
When firing the ware to which the decals have been applied, or during accidental fire, harmful, toxic fumes may be emitted.

4. First aid measures
Skin irritation – wash the affected area with clean water.

5. Fire fighting measures
Decals will support combustion. Use whatever existing media are required for surrounding fire conditions. Harmful and toxic fumes may be emitted, so self contained breathing apparatus should be used.

6. Accidental release measures
No special precautions.

7. Handling and storage
Store upright where possible. Store in a cool, dry area.

8. Exposure controls / personal protection
Inhalation exposure only arises during the firing process. Adequate ventilation should be provided so that Occupational exposure limits are not exceeded. Local exhaust ventilation is recommended.

9. Physical description
Decals are sheets of paper with a decorative pattern printed on them.

10. Stability and reactivity
Decals are stable and unreactive. During the firing process or during accidental fire, harmful and toxic fumes may be emitted.

11. Toxicological information
Decals contain organic and inorganic compounds (see 2. Composition), which may be harmful if ingested. Do not eat or drink when using.

12. Ecological information
On contact with water the paper will curl and then flatten. If left too long in the water the decal will separate from the paper. The decal is relatively light and flimsy, it may float and it may stick to things. The paper is quite strong and will break up very slowly in water.

13. Disposal
Dispose in accordance with local and national regulations.

14. Transport information
Unrestricted for all modes of transport.

15. Regulatory information
No supply labelling is required.

16. Other information
Further advice is available from the supplier.