October '15

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 0 1 5 O C T O B E R P R I N T W E A R || 95 I'm having trouble keeping small multimedia graphics in place. What tips can you share to help avoid slippery graphics? Multimedia designs are a great way to dec- orate many kinds of substrates, but some- times the tack on the media is not strong enough to hold the design in proper registra- tion. Heat tape can hold the image in place, but this is very time consuming and not at all productive in some instances. Instead, you can reuse some of the masking tape used to hold the first layers of your multimedia design for subsequent layers. This speeds up production and reduces waste. ROB KEUNEKE, MIND'S EYE GRAPHICS I am interested in applying foil to a puff transfer. Hav- ing never done this before, can you offer any dos and don'ts? There are many different foils in the market and application temperatures vary. A good-quality foil will likely apply at a temperature of 300 degrees F for 3–4 sec- onds, and it should be cooled down before it is peeled. For a vintage or distressed look, simply apply the foil with low pressure. If full foil coverage is desired, apply the foil with medium to heavy pressure. FRANK GIZATULLIN, THE WILD SIDE This design was created using print/cut material and fluores- cent orange cut material. The tack on the carrier of the orange moved before being pressed into place. The mask is clear and larger than the carrier on the or- ange material which allowed the decorator to place it in perfect registration. (Images courtesy Mind's Eye Graphics)

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