The transfers are printed on duplex paper, i.e., one sheet as a guide to place the transfer in position, and the other as a support for the transfer. These two sheets must be separated before transferring. They can be divided by rubbing a corner of the transfer.
Before complete separation is made apply a very thin and even coat of adhesive varnish to the face of the transfer. Keep as closely as possible to the outlines of the design so as not to overlap.
Allow the varnish to set until it becomes very tacky, whilst it is setting clean the surface to be occupied by the transfer of all dirt and be sure that it is free from grease. Separate the thin paper from the support.
Apply the transfer in the desired position and press it down very firmly and evenly, driving out all air bubbles, by rubbing with a soft cloth rolled into a ball. Work outwards from the centre to the edges. Then with a damp (not wet) sponge or washleather press down again, taking care not to shift the transfer. It is absolutely essential for the transfer to be in direct contact with the surface in every part. When this is certain apply water freely from a wet sponge, and when the paper is well soaked, lift up by one corner and peel or slide it off. Press the transfer down again to make sure that it is fully in contact.
After doing this, sponge with clean water to remove the composition remaining on the surface of the transfer. This is an extremely important detail, as unless it is properly done the transfer will crack.
To remove traces of surplus adhesive varnish from around the transfer, use a wet sponge to which a little paraffin has been added. Then quickly wipe it off with a damp washleather, away from the centre.
When the transfer is perfectly dry on the article (usually in about twenty-four hours) it can be varnished to add to its lustre.
It must not be varnished directly it is transferred.