October '13

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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Rhinestones can combine with heat transfers for a unique multi-media look. (Image courtesy Transfer Express) I'd like to heat apply numbers on the back of a women's 2 X 1 tank, but the tank is extremely stretchy. Do I stretch the shirt to put this number on back or leave it as-is? Stretching the shirt will open the ribs as much as possible, which is a good thing in this case. Be sure to use certain materials that have a good stretch factor, and slightly increase the pressure. Can rhinestones be used with plastisol heat transfers? Using both rhinestone and plastisol transfers can create a great look, just be sure not to apply the rhinestone on the ink. First, apply the screen printed plastisol transfer and then position the rhinestone transfers. Cover and press for a multi-media decoration. Sue Wilcosky, Transfer Express Mark Merola, Stahls' ID Direct 2013 October Printwear PW_OCT13.indd 97 | 97 9/18/13 3:06 PM

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