Awards & Engraving

April '18

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A&E APRIL 2018 • 49 SLATE Slate is a relatively new product for subli- mation, but it has quickly become popular. Slate is a natural product that is pre-cut to different sizes and shapes, and the edges are chipped at an angle, giving each piece a roughhewn unique and individual feel. In a true sense, no two pieces are the same. Generally, slate is used for photos and is a great way to easily display them. For the sublimator that is thinking outside the box, slate is an awesome addition to the awards market or even the sign market. Each piece is unique, like the achievements of the award recipients, or the business that the sign is utilized in. Slate can be displayed in holders, and there are slates that can be hung on the wall. Further, there are different shapes of slate, such as hearts, tablets, circles, ovals, squares, and rectangles. You can pick the shape that further helps the mes- sage of the award or the sign. SUBLIDECAL, SUBLIFLOCK, AND SUBLICLOTH Sublidecal is a sublimatable sticker material that has an aggressive adhesive on it. It comes in sheets or rolls, and is waterproof and durable. This material can also be cut with a vinyl cutter. Sublidecal allows the user to decorate a material that is not coated for sublimation. Some outside-the-box uses include labeling and personalizing wine bottles for gifts, or sticking the Sublidecal to sheet magnet material for refrigerator magnets. You can even sublimate the Sublidecal, water apply it to a thin sheet of acrylic, and then laser cut the material into unique shapes. Water applying means to spray the back of the Sublidecal material with soapy water. Then you slide it into posi- tion and squeegee out any excess liquid and bubbles. After it dries, it is virtually permanent. If you put some thought into this material in an outside-the-box frame of mind, there are almost limitless uses for this underutilized sublimation product. Subliflock and Sublicloth are similar materials. The Subliflock has a felt feel to it, and the Sublicloth has a tackle twill feel to it. The material comes in sheets or rolls, and can also be cut with a vinyl cutter for elaborate shapes. Both materials are polyester, so they sublimate beautifully and will not fade during washing. On the back of the material is a heat-activated adhesive. Once the material is sublimated, it can be cut out and then heat-sealed onto pretty much any type of cloth material, and even dark colors. It is a great way to add sponsor labels onto existing sports jerseys, for example. UNISUB HARDBOARD This material comes in a sheet form. It is 1/8-inch thick, white in color, and the surface is sublimatable. The sheet mate- rial can be cut easily with a laser, which creates a nice black edge that looks great. This allows someone to cut vector shapes out of the material and then sublimate it with full digital color. The surface is durable, scratch resistant, and vandal proof. The coating is so good that it is dry erasable as well, which can really add some out-of-the-box uses for signage applications, such as Specials of the Day. You can even use the material in a signage application and instead of dry erase, you can use Sharpies to make it a semi-per- manent application. The Sharpie marks can be removed with Acetone without hurting the coating. THE AIR IS GREAT OUTSIDE THE BOX We hope you enjoyed hanging with us outside the box. You might not want to live there all the time, but you will enjoy spending some time there, and so will your customers. And the best part is that they will probably tell their friends as well, and that is certainly a win for you as a business person. If you are always inside the box, the air can get a little stale. Sublimation Sublidecal applied to a wine bottle to personalize it. Sublicloth and Subliflock can be used to decorate dark cotton caps. An example of using Sublicloth to add a patch to a garment. A&E

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