May '18

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 0 1 8 M A Y P R I N T W E A R || 29 also interested in garments constructed of heat-sensitive, synthetic materials. Often, these synthetic fabrics will scorch at the required application temperature of glitter, which is normally between 300– 330 degrees F. Newer lower platen heat technology helps to reach the melting point of the adhesive layer from inside of the garment, thus allowing top heat to be as low as 250 degrees F, which virtually eliminates any chance of scorching. When a business can process glitter accurately, the results are usu- ally outstanding. This finish is perhaps the most in-demand effect since rhinestones and sequins. Go to any dance competition, cheer meet, or high school game and you'll see glitter galore. Get in the game and give your shop this easy chance at success. of trapped designs can be challenging, the designer often creates a very small overlap in the process to make things easier on the heat press operator. Another important aspect of glitter is to ensure the style you are buying can be applied quickly for background layers. By tacking the background with the heat press for a few seconds when layering, you limit shrinking. One last application tip for glitter considers the garments that you sell it on. Be careful when using glitter on fleece. Some glitter has a rough texture, so it is important to consider the risk of pilling. To limit the risk of this happening, consider keeping your design size smaller and sourcing a pill-resistant garment for best results. Also consider that many of the markets interested in glitter are New, printable glitter materials allow for multicolor or full-color designs in a single application step. Many decorators are also finding success in subli- mating to white glitter.

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