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29 S T A R T H E R E 2 0 2 0 presses and convection ovens. In general, mug presses are higher priced than buy- ing a convection oven, but mug presses won't take as much time as a convection oven to produce a finished product. TUTORIAL: MUG PRESS For this demonstration, we'll focus on the Geo Knight DK3. The settings used are as follows: • Temperature: 400 F • Time: 4 minutes Pros: • The DK3 is easy to operate. • The process is quick; wrap the mug and set it in the mug press. • The unit heats up fast and stays hot consistently. When doing multiple mugs, you don't have to wait for the DK3 to heat back up. • The DK3 is fully adjustable, accom- modating most mugs available on the market. • It can press images up to 5 inches high and as close as 1/2 an inch from the handle, depending on the mug size. • You can press tumblers with the plastics inserts that can't be done in an oven. • You don't need to use heat gloves when picking the mug up by the handle. • There is a three-year warranty on the heat-control electronics. • The DK3 is made in the USA. Cons: • The DK3 does not fit all travel mugs and larger water bottles. • The platen is limited to mugs/water bottle pressing only. • The unit does not accommodate tapered mugs, such as a latte mug. • The press does not allow for a full- bleed image from handle-to-handle. It is essential to do your due diligence when purchasing a mug press because they do not perform equally. Contact a reputable vendor to discuss what would be best for you. To Get Started: You need a design for your mug. To create a mug template, start with a 9-by-4-inch rectangle for an 11-ounce mug or a 9-by-5-inch rectangle for a 15-ounce mug. Then add your back- ground, wording, and/or photos. You are now ready to print and wrap your image on your mug. These are the items you will need for the mug press: • Printed image • Heat tape • Cover paper • Sublimatable mug Note: The type of heat tape that you use does make a difference. The clear heat tape, if taped on any part of the image, leaves a tape mark. If you use the amber/gold/blue heat tape sold by most vendors, it does not leave an impression. TUTORIAL: CONVECTION OVEN For this demonstration, we're using the Breville Convection Oven and first looking at mug wraps. Pros: • Convection ovens cost less than most mug presses. • Ovens can press multiple mugs at a time. • The Breville oven produces consis- tent heat. • The unit has a digital timer and tem- perature controls. • It produces full-bleed images: top-to- bottom, handle-to-handle. • Latte mugs and shot glasses can be sublimated in the oven using latte mug or shot glass wraps. Various ven- dors 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 inter- nal thermometer to test the heat in the oven The settings used are as follows: • Temperature: 400 F • Time: 14 minutes A mug pressed using the Geo Knight DK3. There are a variety of convection oven options available.

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