Awards & Engraving

2018 Custom Gifts Annual

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42 a-e-mag.com • A&E MID-MAY 2018 Make sure you offer each customer exactly what he or she is looking for. Fol- lowing are three different how-to processes covering sublimation, laser engraving, and sandcarving. Read on to learn how to utilize these methods in your shop to perfectly personalize popular gift orders such as tumblers, wood picture frames, and crystal awards. HOW TO SUBLIMATE A TUMBLER There are some supplies you will need to sublimate a tumbler: • Transfer paper • Scratch paper • Silicone wrap • Heat tape • Convection oven STEP 1 Heat the oven to 405 F (the temperature may need to be adjusted based on your e q u i p m e n t a n d a t m o - spheric conditions). Dwell time may vary as well, but start with 8-11 minutes. STEP 2 Contour cut around the artwork of your transfer. Position the transfer onto the tumbler using heat tape to secure. Keep the Brenna Walsh is the Communica- tions Specialist at JDS Industries in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She specializes in public relations and has extensive knowledge of products along with a substantial background in writing. Step-by-Step Guide By Brenna Walsh HOW DO I… to Sublimate, Laser Engrave, and Sandcarve Personal Products T here are so many unique substrates currently available for personalization, and quite a few methods to do so. And with the large variety of blank substrates available for customization comes just as many customers looking for different items perfect for their needs. Step two: Contour cut around the artwork of your transfer. Position the transfer onto the tumbler using heat tape to secure. ALL IMAGES COURTESY BRENNA WALSH Step three: Start wrapping the tumbler by stretching and rolling the silicone over top of itself.

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