5 Things to Do with Sublimation in 2020

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Sublimation Accessories

When you’re considering purchasing a sublimation system,  you probably concentrate on the big things,  printerspaper and ink,  and perhaps forget the small things that can make sublimating an item so much easier.   Since it’s easy to forget you might need heat tape,  or a mug wrap,  I thought today would be a good time to remind you that EnMart carries a variety of accessories for sublimation, and to discuss which accessories might be useful for which disciplines.

Wraps – Wraps are used for items that are oddly shaped or too large or small to fit comfortably in a heat press.  They are also useful if a large quantity of an item needs to be produced.  Many people, for instance,  use mug wraps and a large oven to produce large quantities of mugs.   Shot glasses are too small and fragile to go in a press,  so they are sublimated using a shot glass wrap.    There are also wraps for bowls and other items that can’t be sublimated with a press.

Name badge attachments –  EnMart sells a variety of name badges,  but those badges won’t do you any good if they can’t be attached.    We offer magnetic attachments and safety pin attachments.

Bulk Ink (CISS) Kits – If you prefer to work with bulk ink, CISS kits are your answer.   These kits contain hardware only,  and can be used with the Sawgrass bulk ink bags.   CISS kits are available for the Workforce 1100 and the Epson 1400.

Waste Ink Collectors – Over time the waste ink collector that came with your Ricoh printer will be full.  When you need to change out your waste ink collection unit,  EnMart has them for the Ricoh GX e3300N and the Ricoh GX 7000.

Sublimation Heat Tape – Holding transfers in place so they don’t slip or slide is important and heat tape is often a necessity for hard goods like mugs or tiles.    If you use the handy heat tape dispenser EnMart sells,  you’ll always be able to find your tape easily.

Heat press options – Don’t forget that you need to protect your heat press as well.  EnMart offers a variety of options for protection as well as items to enhance the usefulness of your heat press.