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26 THE SUBLIMATION REPORT • Spring 2014 a-e-mag.com • printwearmag.com a-e-mag.com • printwearmag.com THE SUBLIMATION REPORT • Spring 2014 27 C ustomers are always looking for that product that will set them apart from the crowd. A new take on an old product that was not done through sublimation previously usually has great appeal. That is the idea behind this column exactly. I will be talking about gallery wraps and the new life they have taken on. They are very simple and allow you to maximize your profits! Let's first talk about what they are. What Is a Gallery Wrap? Gallery wraps are typically printed directly to a premium-type canvas. These usually are high-resolution photos ranging from nature scenes to animals to children and adults. Once printed, the canvas is then stretched with "stretcher bars" giving that nice, tight, professional look. Once stretched, staples are then placed around the back side, out of view, keeping it stretched and nice looking. Wraps come in all different sizes, but most commonly run the same size as photos. sublImatIon Wraps Knowing something about how gallery wraps have been made in the past, the idea was brought up about a version that was able to be sublimated. Why not offer this same professional look to the smaller shops and allow them to get in on the production side of it, all while using their current sublimation printer and press? That in a nutshell is what has been done. Now you can sublimate your own gallery wrap and achieve the same profes- sional look as the bigger stores at a portion of the cost. Let's look into how it's done on a step-by-step basis so you too can see how easy it actually is. prIntInG & pressInG Like all the other sublimation products, create your image a bit larger than the size of the canvas you are using to ensure complete coverage. Once printed, spray a light mist of repositionable spray adhesive over the transfer. Make sure to have just enough to make it tacky yet easily move- able. Be sure to place the transfer on the top side of the canvas. The best way to differentiate the top and bottom is the top has a weave-type pattern and the bottom has a chalky, matte look to it. Press the canvas at 390 degrees for 65 seconds at a very heavy pressure. After pressing, remove the transfer from the canvas and let it cool, as it will be very hot. CreatInG the Wrap When you initially purchase your gal- lery wrap, be sure to get the corner kit as well. These only have to be purchased once but will make your job a lot easier, as it will help line up your bars and place them where they need to be on the canvas. Place the bars face up (adhesive tape off and facing you) on the corner pieces. Line up the little notch in the bar with the tab in the plastic corner and push down so they fit. Once you have all your bars assembled, center the kit on your face-down image. Once centered, press the bars down firmly to make contact with the fabric. Once you have the bars in place, the rest of the project is easy. Pull the corner guides off very carefully, leaving the four posts adhered to the back side of the canvas. Using a sharp utility knife, cut the canvas along the sides of the posts, removing all the excess material. You can get right up next to the posts, as you will be folding them over anyway. After you are done cutting the excess fabric away, cut at a 45 degree angle on the corners. Gallery Wraps By TJ Kvilhaug line each piece up, with the adhesive facing you, into the blue corner guides. _SubReport 14.indd 26 2/28/14 9:10 AM

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