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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M 2 0 2 1 F E B R U A R Y G R A P H I C S P R O 8 5 HOW TO SUBLIMATE SLATE Items Needed: • Blank slate • Printed image • Heat tape • Nomex felt pad • Protective paper (two sheets) • Green rubber pad • Heat gloves Step One: Get the blank slate and place the coated side on top of the printed im- age. You can fold the excess paper edges to the back of the slate. Secure the paper alignment with heat tape. Tip: When using the heat tape to secure the transfer paper to the substrate, be sure to use an adequate amount of tape. Sometimes, when the tape heats up, it loosens off the sub- strate, shifts the transfer, and causes ghosting. Step Two: To prepare the heat press, place the Nomex felt pad on the surface and adjust for thickness and pressure. The best practice is to do a cold run with the Nomex pad, slate, and green pad before turning on the heat press. Use light to medium pressure. Step Three: Next, place a sheet of pro- tective paper on top of the Nomex felt pad. Step Four: Place the slate (with the back- side facing down) on top of the protective paper. Make sure it's at the center. Step Five: Place another sheet of pro- tective paper on top of the slate with the image. Step Six: Cover the top with the green rubber pad. The green pad will help get your printed image into the chipped edges. Step Seven: Set the heat press temperate at 400 F and time for 8 minutes. Note: Different size slates require different times to sublimate, so be sure to check with the vendor you purchased your slate from. Step Eight: Adjust the knob if needed to apply light to medium pressure upon locking in the heat press. Step Nine: When the time is up, wear heat gloves to remove the layers and the printed slate. Remove the transfer to re- veal your finished product. CONCLUSION When trying any new substrate for the first time, it is a good prac- tice to have substrates that you can test first before offering them for sale. That is especially true for substrates that can be a little more challenging, like sublimatable slate. If you haven't sublimated slate before, give it a try—you will be in awe with the finished product. GP 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 Above: Steps two through six outline how to layer everything on the press. Left: The fin- ished slate project. Step one of the sublimation process: secure with heat tape.

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