Awards & Engraving

May '20

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44 • A&E MAY 2020 Y ou may have stayed away from the memorial market in the past because it seemed intimidating to you or out of your wheelhouse. If you take a quick look around your shop, though, you'll more than likely see many items you already offer your customers that are perfect for helping create a memorial to a loved one. For this article, I've enlisted the help of some of our experts to talk on the more technical points. Let's go through a few dif- ferent tutorials to show you how to jump into this market. SUBLIMATION: GARDEN MARKER AND QUILT Sublimation is a wonderful process for creating memorials because there are so many substrates available for both indoor and outdoor use, and there is something for every budget. Gardens are a popular way to memorialize both loved ones and pets. Following, Stacy Benning, JDS Subli- mation Specialist, takes you step-by-step through creating a full-color garden marker as a memorial to a much-loved pet, and a nine-panel memory blanket. Supplies needed for the garden marker (Figure 1): • Sublimatable aluminum sign • Sublimation transfer • Teflon or scratch paper • Heat tape • Soft paper towel (optional, but recommended) Step One: Place the metal face down onto the transfer, which is face up. Tape two ends of the yard sign to the transfer using the heat tape (see Figures 2 and 3). Step Two: Place the transfer and yard sign in the press onto the paper towel (transfer face up, yard sign on top of transfer face down). Place the Teflon sheet or scratch paper over the transfer and metal. Step Three: Press the items using 400 F at 55 seconds then remove the items from the press immediately. Use heat- resistant gloves if necessary — the items will be hot. Cheryl Loban is the Communications Spe- cialist at JDS Industries. She joined JDS in March of 2001 as a Customer Service Rep and worked in various roles in that capacity over the past 18 years. Cheryl moved into her position in the Marketing Department in February 2019. By Cheryl Loban Memorial Tutorial Five tutorials to help you create cherished memorial products ALL IMAGES COURTESY CHERYL LOBAN Fig 1 Fig 2 Fig 4 Fig 3

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