Awards & Engraving

March '20

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12 • A&E MARCH 2020 Mugs are one of those substrates that are so versatile, both in selling and/or gift- giving. They continue to stay on top of the list of what people want to learn to sublimate, especially with new people just starting out. This is with good reason — mugs are relatively inexpensive and easy to sublimate and are high in profitability. The great thing about mugs is how quickly you can design one and have it out the door. Designs can be as easy or complex as you like. You can Google quotes and phrases, or search for popular mugs to get inspired and create your own version of the design. Funny sayings on mugs make great gifts for men, but are certainly not limited to them. There is no shortage of designs that you can buy premade from places like Design Bundles or The Hungry Jpeg. Of course, the possibilities are endless when designing and choosing what works for you and your customers. Personalized mugs featuring monograms, photos, and children are huge sellers. SUBLIMATION BASICS AND BEYOND By Cheryl Kuchek Cheryl Kuchek is the owner of Just my Imagination DeZigns Inc. and has been active in the personalization industry for over 10 years. Cheryl has a passion for the industry and a love for helping people; she was the first to start a Facebook group to do just that. Sublimation for Beginners and Beyond is a resource to help those first starting out and those who are advanced. Cheryl can be reached at cheryl@just- Wrap it Up! Methods to sublimate mugs The items needed when sublimating using a mug press. A mug pressed using the Geo Knight DK3. There are a variety of convection oven options available. The Geo Knight DK3 mug press heats up fast and stays hot consistently. ALL IMAGES COURTESY CHERYL KUCHEK I n this article, I cover a few different methods that can be used to start sublimating mugs. I discuss the pros and cons of each method, and items needed for the equipment you choose.

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