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« on: April 22, 2008 06:36:29 AM »

So I finally broke down and bought a heat press  Roll Eyes.  I bought a combo press so not only could I do heat transfers I could also do sublimation.  Sublimation, as I understand it anyway, is a process that when used with sublimation inks and a specially coated blank, when heated the ink turns into a gas and penetrates the surface of the blank.  The result is that the image is in the blank, not just resting on top (like a waterslide decal).  My sister asked me to make her some mugs with some pictures and artwork she had so I scanned them in and heat pressed them.  All of these mugs have been through the dishwasher without any loss of the images!

On with the pictures!

This is a note that my niece made when she was really mad at my brother in law and left it for him to find on his pillow!  It cracked me up!



This is a picture my other niece drew:



This is a picture of my niece with a box on her head:



And this one is from a picture my sister took of a sign (I know it looks like it was bought in a souvenir shop but I swear it wasn't!  Cheesy):



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« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2008 06:45:18 AM »

hahahaha i love the first one. Grin
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« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2008 06:51:15 AM »

Those are AMAZING!  Very professional looking - but so much better.  Cute and funny and personal - best dishes ever.  If I were Napolean Dynamite, I would tell your sister "Lucky!"

I'm trying to imagine how you got thos pics on round things like that.  It's very impressive!

Would one of those machines also laminate?  I've been looking for one of those square press type laminators and I know they do the heat press t-shirt thing as well - but I don't really need t-shirts and can't justify the expense.  BUT, if you could do that stuff as well it would certainly be more tempting!
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« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2008 06:54:41 AM »

I had to read the first one three times before I realised that it was actually NOT in French!

That's so funny, it made me giggle Grin
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« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2008 06:59:55 AM »

The first one cracks me up! Your niece will probably crack up too, in about 10 years Wink My summers home from college, I worked in a small gift shop and had to make mugs using that exact sublimation process. The images were usually of the small town's historical landmarks, or they were personalized for little league teams...I like your mugs better Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2008 07:02:26 AM »


I'm trying to imagine how you got thos pics on round things like that.  It's very impressive!

Would one of those machines also laminate?  I've been looking for one of those square press type laminators and I know they do the heat press t-shirt thing as well - but I don't really need t-shirts and can't justify the expense.  BUT, if you could do that stuff as well it would certainly be more tempting!

I really struggled over this purchase but I own a little doggie daycare and justified the expense by knowing I could make tons of stuff for my clients (and write it off!) plus the crafty girl inside me really, really wanted one for a looooong time  Roll Eyes!  In addition, I have a soft spot for anything that plugs in and lights up!

I bought this one:
http://www.heatpress.com/product.php?cat=multipurpose&pn=16

so all you have to do is change out the heating platens and you can do tiles, plates, mugs, etc.  I'm sure there is a way to laminate using one.
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« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2008 07:12:03 AM »

awesome!!

i have a "card" my niece made for me a few years ago, and it states " I love Michelle Sweet as a kitty" i would LOVE that on a mug ( it has a stick pic of a cat too)  Cheesy

love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2008 08:14:37 AM »

aww i think those are really cute, especially the one with the note & picture, how funny!
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« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2008 09:10:40 AM »

That first one is hysterical!  It totally reminds me of something you'd find on foundmagazine.com.  [Sigh] good times.  I bet your clients are going to EAT THAT UP, especially at holiday times.  Hit 'em up for Mother's Day... dog moms need pics of their dogs on stuff, for sure.
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« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2008 09:23:53 AM »

I love that note. My niece wrote a note for my MIL that said something like: "Grandma, I'm going outside. you said not to go outside unless I told you first but you are sleeping so I am telling you with a note so I don't wake you up. I am eating pop tarts. wake up when you get this note." (With kid spelling and punctuation, of course.) I know she'd love that on a mug. I might have to see if I can find the note somewhere and try that!
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