I have another question. I made two RIT of the face of a friend. I used the same icing to outline and fill each one. They both looked great at the beginning, but over the next two days, the black outline started to bleed color into the skin and white eye color. Oddly (and luckily) the bleeding wasn't nearly as bad on the second one I made and I was still able to use it. I was wondering if you could give me some advice about why it bled. It was my first time using black gel food coloring. Also, I waited about 30 minutes after piping the outline to fill it. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
Your transfer looks beutiful I'm sorry you had problems with it. I have problems with the black bleeding somtimes too. For me if it happens it usually happens when I flood the back for standing up transfers. As a general rule I think that the more runny the icing, the greater risk for bleeding. Even if you have piped the outline and let it dry completely, if the consistency of the flooding icing is "too" runny it will cause the black to soften or melt a little and the colors can bleed. The lighter the color the greater the risk. So, with flesh color it is easy to have bleeding.
The problem is: If the icing is too runny you will get bleeding and if it is not runny enough you will not get a smooth surface. I really don't have a solution. It is also strange that the second one bled less.
P.S. Just another observation. This transfer is all broken up because it had practically bonded to the glass cutting board beneath it. I think the reason may have been that I let it dry without the paper underneath it.[/quote]
Yes, that is the reason. Plastic wrap will cling to glass, and it will be almost impossible to get the transfer off when you cannot slide or lift the plastic away.