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22 a-e-mag.com • A&E MARCH 2019 When it comes to ceramic tiles, use the same process: image face up on the press, tile face down for 400 F for 5 minutes. Yes, we can press more than one tile at a time (please note: keep sizes and the manufac- turer the same); add 30 seconds to the time for each additional tile. For glass frames, coasters, crystals, and cutting boards, there is a tip I'd like to share. Do not mirror image for these. The backs of these items are polymer white-coated, and we transfer to the back at 400 F for 3 to 5 min- utes (heat presses vary; check with vendor for recommended time). When we make these items, we do the same as tile transfer face up on the heat press, white polymer-coated side on top, then press at the allotted time. Remember: all mentioned above items are extremely hot when complete; Ove Glove or heat gloves are recommended. MAINTENANCE POINTERS Sublimation is a self-sufficient business in itself. You produce items almost instantly, and that is what you need to express to your clients. What makes it really sufficient is that most heat press equipment is maintenance free, excluding using white heat grease (you can get this at any automotive store — white heat grease is made for hot temperatures) and apply around your threads on your pressure control knobs for easy adjustment. On the printer side for the desktop, the Sawgrass SG400 and 800 models are virtu- ally the only maintenance-free sublimation printers available, as they are designed to leave on (turning on and off wastes ink in any printer); these will go into energy saver mode and do their own maintenance when needed. With Epson printers, we rec- ommend doing a head cleaning daily to keep the lines for bulk ink systems (CISS: continuous ink sublimation system) clean. FINAL THOUGHTS There are many tips in the industry that you can see on many social media pages, YouTube channels, and more; however, there are no true "tricks." The main pointer I can leave you with is to keep a journal of the times on products you use for success, keep all needed vendor support contact numbers at hand, and make a time and temperature chart to post by your heat press. Remember: Keep on sublimating. Step one (pressing glass tiles): Do not mirror image for these. The backs are polymer white-coated, and we transfer to the back. Step two: When we make these items, we do transfer face up on the heat press, white polymer-coated side on top, then press at the allotted time.

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