Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Heat Press - A New Adventure

A few months ago I was trying to come up with a new/better/faster way to make my ceramic tile and resin coasters.  It's not that the process is difficult...it's just time consuming.  Plus the waiting after they are covered with the resin is a real pain.  I like instant or close to instant gratification when it comes to my crafting.  

I started doing a little research and found that what I was doing was the easiest and quickest way for the type of coaster I was making.  Ugh!

So a few days later I am wasting time on Pinterest and I came across a pin on sublimation printing.  I dug a litter deeper and found what I was looking for.  The only problem was I need to purchase a heat press, another printer (I already have 3 in my work room) for sublimation printing and the items that I wanted to sublimate.   

After a few weeks of reading and finding out the details I decided to make a few large purchases.   I now own my very own 5 in 1 Heat Press.  It does all kinds of stuff but basically has the regular flat panel for shirts, coasters, mouse pads...anything flat basically.  It has a connection for mugs, one for hats, and 2 different connections for plates.  

This is a picture of my heat press. 

5 in 1 Heat Press
I also purchased a printer as well as pigment ink to do my sublimation printing.  It's just a regular printer with a cool attachment I had to purchase.  The ink reservoir I use actually sits outside of the printer itself.  It was a little intimidating at first but I managed to get through the set up process.

So I have my heat press and my dye sublimation printer.  I also ordered sublimation paper, hardwood coasters, a few sample packs of various heat transfer papers and a sample pack of this really great heat transfer vinyl that I will use from now on....nothing else.  
I actually had everything ready to go and set up for several weeks before I was brave enough to make my first coaster.  

Stay tuned....I will have some great pics of my new and improved coasters.




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