Awards & Engraving

March '20

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14 a-e-mag.com • A&E MARCH 2020 • Latte mugs and shot glasses can be sublimated in the oven by using latte mug or shot glass wraps. Various vendors sell them. Cons: • Oven times take longer to heat up and can take up to 14 minutes for one mug. • Blowouts can potentially occur more often, as the mug stays hotter longer in the oven. • Ghosting can occur if not careful when removing your image. Items you will need for the convection oven: • Printed image • Heat tape • Heat gloves • Heat gun for use with shrink wrap • Mug wraps or shrink wraps (can be purchased from most sublimation vendors) • Recommended: a separate internal thermometer to test the heat in the oven The settings used are as follows: • Temperature: 400 F • Time: 14 minutes When using the convection oven with shrink wrap, the process does differ slightly. The settings used are as follows: • Temperature: 370 F • Time: 4 1/2 minutes (peel shrink wrap immediately) Pros: The same as using the mug wrap with these exceptions: • It produces full-bleed images: top-to-bottom, handle-to-handle, and under the handle. • Latte mugs and shot glasses can be sublimated using the shrink wraps. The items needed when sublimating using a convection oven and mug wraps. I also recommend using heat- resistent gloves. A full-bleed using a mug wrap with the convection oven. You can also use a convection oven and shrink wraps to sublimate a mug. (Note: Again, you will need heat-resistent gloves.) If shrink wrap isn't removed quickly, it may adhere to the substrate and become difficult to take off. A wine tumbler sublimated using a convection oven and shrink wrap.

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