May '18

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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28 || P R I N T W E A R M A Y 2 0 1 8 PRESSING MATTERS To do the trapping tech- nique, the foreground lightly over- laps to trap the edges of the design. of production time. This advancement alone makes glitter prod- ucts a viable addition to many shops that have struggled with them in the past. FINAL CONSIDERATIONS Glitter is often not recommended for direct layering on top of other glitter materials. This limitation means that multicolor de- signs must be done creatively. One such way is the garment gap ap- proach. Consider creating multicolor designs with a garment gap of show through. Another way is to utilize a technique called trap- ping. The trapping technique creates a complete punch through where the foreground overlaps the background. Since alignment the glitter, and the material tends to break when pulling which results in many start and stop actions to consume time. There are some radical ideas like sprinkling baby powder or place the cuts in a freezer to expose the cut lines, but I don't feel either are practical for a production environment. For this reason, the best recommendation is to have a print out of the graphic being weeded and utilize weed borders or squares around cut elements for easier identification. A definite way to improve the breaking of the material when weeding is by placing the material on a heated surface. By warm- ing the back of the material on a device such as a weeding table or heated weeding panel, you can save approximately 50–80 percent Many decorators have found suc- cess by creating sublimated glitter transfers.

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