Even though there are different types of sublimation products available in the markets, your customers can never get enough of mugs. The reason why mugs are so popular is that it's cheap and personal. When it comes to sublimating mugs, you will want to make sure that you get everything on point, to avoid wastage. To ensure that you hand out your best work, here are five tips that you should use:
Checking completion of cooking
If you want to check if you have cooked the mug properly or not, all you need to do is remove some of the paper from the corners. Take a close look to see if the image you sublimated is of high quality. However, if you are unable to remove the corner portions of the paper, you will need to cook the mug for a longer time. Sometimes, you might have to increase the pressure, as it wasn’t enough.
Cooling after completion of sublimation
Once you have completed sublimating the image on to the mug, you will have to remove the transfer swiftly so that you can start the cooling process. The reason why you need to cool the mug is to bring the sublimation process to a complete halt. If you have to cool a ceramic mug, you can keep it in water along with the transfer at room temperature.
When you want to sublimate the image correctly on the mug, make sure that you measure between the tapering parts and adjust the templates accordingly. The reason is that you won’t get a proper print if you directly sublimate the print on to the tapered section.
As there won’t be proper pressure and contact at the handles of the mug, make sure that you leave at least ¾ – inch gap at the bottom and top of the handle for a good print.
To cook the mug properly, you should make sure that the sublimation oven temperature is 400 degrees. As most sublimation ovens don’t display the right temperature, it is better to measure it manually, with the help of a thermometer. When the temperature is low, your mug will be under cooked.
Trim bottom and top edges of the paper
To prevent the sublimation paper from going into the mug’s tapered portion, you should trim the bottom and top. When there is excess paper, it will wrinkle, affecting the quality of the image.
Use these five tips to sublimate mugs successfully!