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April '21

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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M 2 0 2 1 S U B L I M A T I O N R E P O R T 5 3 Sublimated Glossy Puzzles G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M 2 0 2 1 S U B L I M A T I O N R E P O R T 5 3 Try This: B Y M I C H A E L K A M I N S K Y A sublimated puzzle is a unique gift for those customers wanting to give something to their loved ones while they're apart. Make sure you have the cor- rect materials and follow these easy steps. TUTORIAL For this project, we use our puzzle that features a white, high-gloss polymer sublimation coating. They are avail- able in 80, 120, and 200 pieces as well as a 60-piece heart shape. The glossy puzzle may be sublimated using any flat heat press. Material List: • Measurement to create template for puzzle • Printed sublimation transfer • Puzzle • Heat tape • Heat gloves • Parchment paper • Flat heat press Sublimation Application: Step One: Download a digital tem- plate of the puzzle (if none are available, measure the height and width of puzzle and add 1/4" border for bleed line). Step Two: Print the transfer (mir- ror image). Step Three: Place the protective pa- per on the base of your press to capture any excess ink. Step Four: Secure the transfer to the puzzle using heat tape, about two to three small pieces (1/2"). Step Five: After the transfer is taped, flip it over so the paper is on top. Step Six: Press at 400 F for 45 sec- onds with medium pressure, then open the press to let cool for about 10 sec- onds. Then carefilly remove the paper and you're finished. SR Michael Kaminsky has been involved in the sublima- tion industry for over 25 years, and is a frequent instruc- tor at conventions and contributing writer in magazines. He has watched the industry evolve before his eyes and is so excited to be part of its growth and technology with input on research, development, and so much more. He can be reached at michael@sublimation101.com. The finished puzzle. B Y M I C H A E L K A M I N S K Y The glossy puzzle may be sublimated using any flat heat press. (All images courtesy Michael Kaminsky) Step five. Step two.

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