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Transfer sheets
September 25, 2008
9:20 pm
Marcellus
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Does anyone know of a good supplier of transfer sheets in GB? The choice appears to be between relatively inexpensive sheets of unoriginal design from suppliers like Keylink, Vantage House, etc. or more imaginative designs from cake suppliers but which cost about £2.50/sheet! I notice the US suppliers seem to combine good pricing with originality but mail costs and delivery times render them impractical.
Also, has anyone had experience of using chocolate printers? There is a company called Deco which supplies printer, edible inks etc. for £299 but I suspect the transfer sheets will be expensive as the prices are not mentioned and there appear to be hidden extra costs.
Also, from their website it appears that transfers are for magnetic moulds only which is not what I want. Could I buy a standard inkjet printer and buy the edible inks and transfer sheets from an independent source and set out designs in Publisher?
All opinion welcome.

September 26, 2008
12:35 am
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The deco sheets work great on a w hite chocolate background, but not so much on dark backgrounds. color intensity is an issue the darker your background gets.

September 26, 2008
8:17 am
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Try either PCB in France http://www.pcb-creation.fr/2k3....._index.htm or IBC http://www.ibcbelgium.com
They both have a good selection of designs although they are similar.
Prices are reasonable and shipping isn't bad but don't forget to calculate added VAT if you're not registered.
Have you considered silk screen printing with coloured cocoa butter as an alternative to ink printing?

September 27, 2008
2:02 pm
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Gracie,
Thanks for those links. The PCB site looks very interesting. I found several other continental websites by typing feuilles de transfert au chocolat (chocolat transfer sheets in French!) into Google but haven't looked at them all yet.
I hadn't considered silk screen printing - I've never heard of it! It seems to be the use of stencils as far I can see. I've checked a few websites but can't find any which relate to chocolate. Have you any more info?

September 27, 2008
2:51 pm
les
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When I was on a Slattery course in manchester they were printing with chocolate using a canon inkjet. I think they were using a package from Deco, will go back thru my notes to see if i can find it. You could email Slatteries direct they are generally open about thier techniques and products

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September 27, 2008
8:31 pm
Gracie
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Maybe JC could help you out with the details on the screen printing, but basically, as you say, you create your own custom template or stencil and then use it to create your transfer sheets on acetate (rather than directly onto the chocolate).
I'll pop that French search into Google too to check out the competition. I've found PCB good if you're ordering items from the website, but had several long delays with a custom transfer order (despite being near fluent in French!)They seem to be redirecting UK customers to Ritter who are acting as their agent, and although delivery is quicker, they don't hold all the range and have consistently failed to provide me with up to date catalogues. Still, best not turn this into a rant!Let us know how you get on.

September 28, 2008
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Hi all

To save me time explaining follow the link below

http://forums.egullet.org/inde.....pic=105238

I have done some screen printing and must highlight the colour must be very strong before you start, try colours from http://www.chefrubber.com

However PCB, IBC have very good products available and are not too expensive to have your own design produced,

And I haven’t forgotten your recipes Gracie

Good luck

Jc

November 4, 2009
7:41 pm
Marcellus
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This is a very late follow-up to my inquiry above.
Has anyone any experience of printing chocolate transfers by means of an ordinary inkjet printer, special edible ink (cocoa butter?) cartridges and blank transfer sheets? Is this possible?

November 5, 2009
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Hi Marcellus,
Not sure how much of this might be relevant on this side of the Atlantic but there was a pretty full discussion on how to make silk screens etc on The Chocolate Life forum - search for screep print.
Duffy

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November 5, 2009
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Hello Redstar, thanks for that but I've already looked into silk screens and the process seems a little too involved. I really want to be able to design my own patterns on an ordinary PC in a suitable application e.g. Word/Publisher? and print it by means of a suitable inkjet cartridge and standard printer onto a blank acetate sheet - A4 or smaller. I could, as jc above suggests, get someone like PCB to produce my designs but this would be impractical as I would only want a few.

November 5, 2009
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You might try - if you haven't already - Pavoni in Italy. Their web-site is http://www.pavonitalia.com and I understand that Home Chocolate Factory and others import their stuff. A broad range but not sure if it covers your requirements.
Duffy

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November 6, 2009
3:58 pm
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I contacted Slattery's in Manchester (thanks Les!) and Laura there has given me full details of how it can be done and whom to contact. This will be very useful as I will be able to make own designs using MS Publisher or other standard publishing programmes and print onto A4 sheets treated with cocoa butter by means of an edible inkjet cartridge.
I'd still be interested to hear from anyone who uses this technique and can give me its pros & cons.
Top marks to Slattery's.

November 11, 2009
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les
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Slatterys always helpful, John doesnt believe in keeping trade secrets. Will always try to help.

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