I’m so glad I added a sublimation printer into my craft studio!
It may be an funding and whereas I don’t use it day by day, it does turn out to be useful. Particularly for items!
If you’re not aware of the sublimation course of, I’ve a number of tutorials on the web site HERE that designate it extra in-depth. However in actuality, it mainly is creating the design, printing, and urgent that design to the clean or substrate.
Flat objects are a lot simpler to press on than curved surfaces, however as with all the things, all of it simply takes observe!
Sublimation does require particular gear similar to a sublimation printer, paper, ink, and blanks which can be all made for this course of. However, it can be a good way so as to add graphics which can be tough to chop with a chopping machine to things for personalization.
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Epson F-170 Sublimation Printer
Epson Sublimation Inks
Sublimation Espresso Mugs
Sublimation oven/Convection Oven
*devoted for sublimation, not meals
Non-obligatory: Paper Trimmer, warmth secure gloves, warmth secure protecting mat
Sublimation with Silhouette Tutorial
The half that takes me the longest is deciding on a design.
I lastly selected a design from the Humorous Sublimation Bundle by SVG Cuttables discovered HERE
and Eagle, American Flag, Patriotic Sublimation Wrap by SunDesign discovered HERE
As soon as I’ve selected the design, I measure the espresso mugs to see how a lot house I’ve to work with.
Then I draw a fundamental form within the Silhouette Studio software program to create a “template” to design inside.
If I’ve additional house on the web page, I’ll attempt to fill it up with one other design. However, generally that takes me too lengthy to resolve on what I need to print, so I simply go forward and get my undertaking began.
On this case, I attempted to print a pair pen wrap designs. That didn’t work out ultimately as my pen template wasn’t fairly lengthy sufficient, but it surely was value a shot.
I printed the design pages by way of my Epson F170 Sublimation printer.
Then I trimmed them right down to measurement with my paper trimmer.
Subsequent, I cleaned the mugs first with an alcohol swab to get any oils, mud, or particles off. Mud or particles could cause discoloration and odd spots on the completed undertaking.
Then I clear with a lint curler for any fibers. Most occasions, you can’t see these fibers till after an object has been pressed, which may have an effect on your ultimate end result.
As soon as it’s clear, I attempt to not contact the surface of the mug or clean, so there isn’t a particles or oils transferred. As soon as it’s utterly dry, I wrap or place the design on the mug and safe with warmth tape.
Make sure that to get it safe on the mug and as centered as you’ll be able to.
Sublimation is everlasting.
Subsequent, I seize a bit of parchment paper and wrap it across the cup after which safe the Silicone Mug Wrap round it.
The parchment paper is essential in any other case the ink can switch to your silicone wrap. That ink may switch to a future undertaking. I ended up ordering a 2nd set as a result of I didn’t suppose to guard my first 15 oz wrap and it now has ink on it.
I preheated the Oster oven I’ve to 400 levels. As soon as preheated, I rigorously positioned the mugs inside for 12 minutes. Make sure that to verify your particular sublimation mugs for the time and temperature that you need to use.
As soon as the time was up, I rigorously eliminated them with warmth secure gloves and set it on my warmth secure protecting mat to chill.
As soon as cool sufficient to deal with, I eliminated the sublimation paper and warmth tape to disclose the design.
And so they had been able to mail to my of us.
Sadly, the eagle mug didn’t make it to Montana in a single piece. I had saved my file within the Silhouette Studio software program and all I needed to do was print and press once more.
Now to get it within the mail and hopefully this time it arrives safely.
It took me longer to jot down out this put up than it did to make the precise undertaking.
I’m loving having all of the choices. I do discover that I nonetheless have to print from my Epson F170 printer at the least each couple weeks or I find yourself having to do a print head cleansing. Sublimation ink is completely different than inkjet inks and if left too lengthy with out use the printer traces can get clogged up.
Hope this has given you some concepts of the probabilities with a sublimation printer and the way straightforward it may be.
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