If you sublimate, you already know it’s a versatile decoration discipline which can be used on fabric and on hard goods. Part of what makes sublimation fun is the fact that it offers possibilities for a lot of different decoration options, and has less of a learning curve than some other decoration techniques. If you’re new to sublimation, or have only stuck to using sublimation on one particular type of item, you may not be taking advantage of the full spectrum of what sublimation can offer. Switch up your sublimation routine by trying some of these options in 2020.
- Patches – Whether you want to sublimate the patches yourself, or buy them already sublimated, sublimated patches can be a great profit center. They’re a perfect way to add decoration to items that otherwise wouldn’t be easy to decorate. Patches can also serve as the cornerstone for a hat or garment line.
- Wrap it Up – Want to try mugs or shot glasses, but not sure you want to invest in a press (which wouldn’t work for shot glasses anyway)? Invest in a mug wrap or a shot glass wrap and a convection oven. This method is likely to cost less than most quality mug presses and gives you a way to investigate your market without committing to a press you may not need or continue to use.
- Ornaments: Not Just for Christmas – If you’re interested in entering the souvenir market, ornaments may be a great way to start. Not only are they available in a variety of shapes, like states, they’re also fairly easy to sublimate and something people are likely to buy as keepsakes and mementos. They’re also easy to display and don’t take up a lot of valuable retail space. Sublimated ornaments are also easy to personalize.
- Take Your Show on the Road – One of the advantages of a sublimation system (certainly a SG400 at least) is that it’s portable and doesn’t require an elaborate set-up or electrical options. There are also plenty of stock designs that can be queued up to be printed on demand. Take your system to a craft fair, a sporting event or a festival and print unique, personalized items that fit the theme of the event.
- Create your own personal, freeform sublimated designs – If you don’t have a sublimation system, you can still create sublimated designs. Artesprix Permanent Thermal Sublimation Transfer Markers are the perfect way to preserve children’s artwork or to give the adult artist in your life free reign. The markers can be used on plain paper, and the drawn designs can be added to your item of choice with an iron (although a heat press is recommended for best results). Make hand turkeys for Thanksgiving. Preserve your child’s first handwritten notes. The possibilities are endless.