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.

Basic Sublimation Supplies

A lot of times we tend to talk about the big ticket items on this blog, for a couple of reasons.  One the big ticket items generally bring in more profit and making a profit is what keeps us in business.  Two,  writing about the smaller, incidental items wouldn’t be that interesting, or that easy,  if I did it all the time.  There’s only so much that can be said about heat tape or waste ink collectors or pyrometers before the subject becomes boring.  Still, those things are items that can help make your sublimation or ChromaBlast experience more successful,  so they do deserve a mention, and that’s the purpose of today’s post.

First, let’s start with heat tape.    If you sublimate mugs or anything with a curve,  heat tape is a necessity.  You can use it to keep your transfer in place, reducing the risk of slippage.   Our heat tape is durable and resists curling.  There are also quantity price breaks,  so the more you buy, the more you save.  If you use a lot of heat tape,  you may also want to take a look at our heat tape dispenser.

Second,  we shouldn’t forget to mention sublimation wraps.   Curved items like bowls or mugs or shot glasses won’t work with a regular flat press.     You could purchase a mug press for use with mugs,   or you could use wraps and sublimate the items in question using an oven.   EnMart offers wraps for shot glassesmugs and bowls.

Third on the list is the Quick Connect systems we offer for the Epson printers.    You can purchase a Quick Connect system for either the Epson 1100 or the Epson 1400.   These systems are hardware only and use high capacity ink refill bags.

Fourth is the Waste Ink Collector tanks for the Ricoh GX e3300N and the Ricoh GX 7000.   The Ricoh printers use self cleaning cycles to keep the heads clean and the printer running smoothly.  Eventually the waste tank in the unit will become full.  These tanks can be used to replace the original tank when that happens.

Fifth,  we have Teflon sheets, which are a necessity for anyone who uses a heat press.  Use the Teflon sheets to keep the upper platen clean and to protect any textiles you press from dirt.  Our standard Teflon sheets come in 16 x 20 sheets,  but can be cut to order upon request.

Finally, we can’t forget the digital pyrometer I mentioned in the beginning paragraph of this post.   If you use a heat press, a digital pyrometer is a must have item.    The Digital Knight Pyrometer and Surface Probe allows you to get accurate temperature readings from your press, so you’ll always know just where you heat platen is and what it’s doing.   It will also help you avoid the headaches of dealing with uneven press temperatures.

How to Sublimate a Shot Glass

When people think of sublimation,  most probably think of mugs or t-shirts or mousepads.    I’m guessing many people don’t even know that shot glasses can be sublimated.   Today I wanted to rectify that situation and give you all a short lesson in how to create your own sublimated shot glasses.

The first thing you need assuming, of course,  that you already have all the equipment and supplies necessary for printing sublimation transfers, is a sublimatable shot glass.  EnMart carries a lovely 1.5 ounce version with a gold rim, the perfect size for a shot of your favorite tequila or a premium liqueur.

Once you have your shot glasses you need to create your artwork and print it onto your sublimation paper.  The transfers can be secured to your shot glass with some heat tape.  Unlike many sublimatable items,  shot glasses cannot be sublimated using a heat press.  They are too small and fragile to withstand the pressure and weight of a press.   Instead of a press,  shot glasses are sublimated using an oven  and something called a shot glass wrap.

A shot glass wrap  is a small piece of rubber like material that fits snugly around the body of the shot glass, holding the transfer in place against the substrate.    Once your wrap is secured,  place your shot glass in an oven that has been preheated to 400 degrees.    The shot glass should stay in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes.  You may do multiple shot glasses at one time.  The number, of course,  will be limited by the size of your oven. Please keep in mind that some experimentation may be necessary to find the appropriate time and temperature combination for your particular oven model and the number of shot glasses you wish to sublimate at one time.  Please also keep in mind that the oven where you cook your food should probably not be the same oven in which you do sublimation.

Once the time is up,  carefully remove the shot glass from the oven with a hot pad or oven mitt.  Remove the wrap and the used transfer from the shot glass.   Generally,  shot glasses should be either air cooled using a fan or placed on a rack to cool gradually.   A quick cooling could cause your shot glasses to shatter,  so it is recommended that you let them cool over time.

Once your shot glass is cooled,   you may want to give it a quick wash before you use it.  Ceramic shot glasses that are orca coated may be dishwasher safe, but any other sort of shot glass should be washed by hand.