Fine engravings, neatly transferred to a wooden surface, form as pretty an ornamentstion as can be wished, and mny often be utilized in the finishing of articles made of wood. The process is as follows: -
First varnish the wood once with white hard varnish, which facilitates the transferring; then cut off the margins of the print, which should be on unsized paper, that is, paper that absorbs like blotting-paper; and wet the back of it with a sponge and water, using enough water to saturate the paper, but not so as to be watery on the printed side. Then, with a flat camel-hair brush, give it a coat of transfer (alcoholic) varnish on the printed side, and apply it immediately - varnished side downwards - on the woodwork, placing a sheet of paper on it and pressing it down with the hand till every part adheres. Then, gently rub away the back of the print with the fingers till nothing but a thin pulp remains. It may require being wetted again before all that will come (or rather ought to come) off is removed. Great care is required in this operation, that the design or printed side be not disturbed. When this is done, and quite dry, give the work a coat of white hard varnish, and it will appear as if printed on the wood.