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4 2 G R A P H I C S P R O • A P R I L 2 0 2 3 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M S U B L I M A T I O N P ersonalizing drinkware with sublimation is a fast and easy way to grow your business. e process is easy to do, and can help you expand your product offering with unique and exciting products. One such product is the new skinny tumbler with removable Bluetooth speaker in the base. Here are the step-by-step instructions on how to personalize this product. Tech tips and templates are available for you to download on the on the Johnson Plastics Plus tum- blers product page. e template has guidelines to show you the print area and how far your design should go. Before you print your transfer, delete or hide the template layer so it doesn't show up in your design. Before sublimating, print your design onto a transfer with a sublimation printer. If you don't have a sublimation printer, we carry several Epson and Sawgrass printers on our website, so you'll be able to find the printer that's right for you. You'll also need sublimation ink, sublimation paper, and a drinkware press or convection oven. To avoid damage to the Bluetooth speaker, you'll want to remove it by unscrewing it from the base of the tumbler. Once your tumbler is personalized and has cooled off, you can reattach the speaker back to the bottom of the cup. If you're using the JP450 or the JP700 drink- ware press, you'll need the skinny tumbler attach- ment for this. Set the temperature to 360-370°F with medium to moderate pressure. Because the attach- ment doesn't wrap around the whole tumbler, you aren't able to create a design with bleed. If you want a design that covers the entire tumbler, you'll have to use a convection oven. If you're using a convection oven, you'll also need shrink wrap and a heat gun. Preheat your oven to 330-340°F. After you shrink the wrap onto your tumbler using a heat gun, we recommend that you heat the tumbler in the convection oven for 6-7 min- utes. When removing from the oven, use heat gloves to avoid burning your hands. After you press your tumbler, it's a good idea to drop it into a bucket of room temperature water to speed up the cooling process. Once the tumbler has been in the water for a couple of seconds, you can pick it up and start take off the transfer. e trans- fer paper should come off the substrate easily, but if it starts to stick, use a wet cloth to rub the paper off. Customizing fun and unique products like this one can help grow your business and set you apart from the competition. GP SUBLIMATING A C O U R T E S Y O F J O H N S O N P L A S T I C S P L U S Speaker Tumbler

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