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March '19

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A&E MARCH 2019 • 21 a finished product in two parts. For these inserts, it is 30 seconds for aluminum and/ or metal. Let's talk fabrics. Are they created equal? No again. When sublimating standard fabric, 100 percent polyester is needed and can be the only material used for full-color release (the available options include tote bags, aprons, can wraps, and more). Here again, you may think the standard 400 F for 45 to 60 seconds; however, polyester performance garments such as T-shirts should not be sublimated for 45 to 60 seconds. These materials are designed to absorb body heat. A standard heat press at 400 F achieves great results in 30 seconds with no box lines, no bleed-through, and no garment discoloration. Remember: gar- ments are dyed so heat and pressure can and will affect the colors. One of my favorite products to subli- mate is ceramics. Mugs and tiles, and glass cutting boards, crystals, and slates all fall under this umbrella. Notice we put those in one category — they are so easy and fast. But we need to understand that ceramic is a poor conductor of heat. We can sublimate in 30 seconds; however, with ceramic, glass, and slate, you will need more time. These items vary from 4 to 8 minutes. However, after researching, we have found a way to make this particular process easy: with the slate's paper face up on the heat press platen, place the slate face down on the image. Don't cover it with anything (some might cover it with a Nomex or felt pad; this stops the heat from penetrating through the ceramic to sublimate). Press at 400 F for 8 minutes (some slates vary due to coating, which is either glossy or matte finish). Step three: Place the image face up on the press, then the tile face down. Step four: These tiles come out hot; Ove Glove or heat gloves recommended.

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