Awards & Engraving

March '20

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A&E MARCH 2020 • 15 Sublimation • Drinkware of all types of shapes and sizes can be sublimated using shrink wrap. • Other odd-shaped substrates can be sublimated using shrink wrap, such as dog and cat bowls. Cons: • If the shrink wrap isn't taunt, your image will not sublimate evenly. • Laying down tall drinkware can cause lines if placed directly on the rack (I recommend placing a heat rubber mat down first). • Ghosting can occur if not careful when removing shrink wrap and image. • If shrink wrap has wrinkles in it, it can show through on the mug. • If shrink wrap isn't removed quickly, it may adhere to the substrate and become difficult to take off. Note: • Never use your house oven or an oven that you cook in, as the gases from the sublimation permeate the walls and possibly contaminate the food you eat. • When purchasing an oven, note that it must be a convection oven, not a toaster oven. • All mugs after sublimating need to be cooled down quickly, otherwise they continue to sublimate and cause ghosting or blowouts. It is best to get a small fan or cooling plate. Some use warm water to cool the mug down quickly, though it can cause hairline fractures in the glazing that may not be seen until after using the mug. • You can't use just any white mug to sublimate; it must be a specially coated mug that receives sublimation ink. Other convection ovens that have been recommended by some of the major ven- dors and end-users are the Hamilton Beach XL, the Black and Decker, and Cuisinart; however, I can only speak from experience with the Breville. With several ways to start sublimating mugs, and price points to start at, there is no reason to wait. Contact your local vendor and get started today. Put it into practice! Follow along with this tutorial on and learn how to sublimate a full-bleed mug using a convection oven and shrink wrap: A&E Why Shop Condé Systems? • DYE-SUB TRANSFER SYSTEMS • DYE-SUB INK, PAPER & SUPPLIES • HEAT TRANSFER SYSTEMS • LASER & INK JET TRANSFER PAPERS • HEAT PRESSES • BLANK IMPRINTABLE PRODUCTS • PRODUCTION SOFTWARE • EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS • LEGENDARY TECHNICAL SUPPORT ) 800-826-6332 8 Find out how producing photo quality gifts & awards can help your business be more profitable... call Condé today!

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