Awards & Engraving

January '18

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26 • A&E JANUARY 2018 Wraps Wraps use a strap of silicon mate- rial along with a method to clamp or tighten the material around the mug or drinkware item. One type uses a bolt that is tightened to put pressure over the transfer paper onto the mug or drinkware item. The other type of wrap has a quick release clamp that snaps in place without a tool, and is also removed without a tool. When it is clamped, it stretches out the silicon, which keeps pressure on the transfer paper. Wraps are scalable just by adding addi- tional wraps to do more items at one time in the oven. Of course, this is dependent on the size of the oven you have. Small tabletop convection ovens are available for as little as $100, and can accommo- date four or five mugs at a time. As your mug business grows, you can upgrade to a larger oven and do 30, 40, or more mugs at one time. Very large conveyer belt mug ovens are also available for the exceptionally successful mug sublimator. COOL THEM DOWN QUICK, BUT BE CAREFUL Ceramics and glass hold their tempera- ture for a long time because of the mass, so it is important to cool them as quickly as possible. Most people prefer to dunk the ceramic into warm water (not cold, or you will crack them) to cool them quickly. Glass items should never be dunked, or they will crack every time. An alternative to dunking is to put the items onto a cookie rack and run a fan on them. The convection of the air will cool them down quickly. If they are not cooled quickly, the dyes can migrate in the coating, causing the image to blur. DRINKWARE IS IN DEMAND In the sublimation world, drinkware is more than just coffee mugs. Sublimatable SUBLIMATION AND UV-LED FULL-COLOR SOLUTIONS There are wraps for almost any kind of drinkware you wish to sublimate.

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