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How I Got Started With Dye Sublimation

I DID RECEIVE A SMALL DISCOUNT OFF OF SOME OF THE DESIGNS PURCHASED FROM THE SUBLIMATION DESIGN FACEBOOK GROUP. INK FOR INKJET NOW SPONSOR SOME CATEGORIES OF OUR WEBSITE, BUT THE INK WAS PURCHASED AS A PAYING CUSTOMER AND OPINIONS ABOUT THEIR PRODUCTS AND SERVICE ARE MY OWN.

For years I have been interested in dye sublimation but what held me back was the cost of purchasing the equipment needed to make items printed on using dye sublimation. This year I decided to add an additional business activity to my existing business, Toys and Clothes Limited t/a Twinkle Gifts. We sell, amongst other things, products printed on using the dye sublimation process such as mugs, coasters and placemats. Here is what I needed to get started:

Dye sublimation Ink – I am delighted to have found a company who are extremely approachable, helpful and knowledgeable, Ink For Inkjet. They helped me with my ICC profile and print settings so that I could get the colours looking the way I wanted them. I am over the moon with the results. They answered my pre purchase queries and when I did place the order for the ink it arrived within a few days. What I like most about this company is that their ink is made here in the UK. Their prices are reasonable and the ink is lasting well.

Printer – After reading up about printers which can be used for dye sublimation, I opted for an Epson ET-14,000. This cost around £575 from Amazon. This is an A3 printer. I am delighted with the quality of its prints and how easy it was to set up and fill with ink.

Heatpress – The mug press cost around £65 on ebay and the heatpress was around £140 on ebay.

Design Software – Affinity Designer cost a one off amount of around £50.00. I find it intuitive to use. There is a fantastic offer at the moment where you can purchase their Mac or Windows software for just £33.99!

Sublimation Paper – 100 sheets of Trupix A4 sublimation paper cost around £10 from MDP Supplies. The print quality and results are excellent.

Sublimation Designs – Most of the designs I use were purchased from the Sublimation Designs facebook group here. The person who runs the group is very helpful and his designs are stunning. He even provided mock ups with a lot of the purchased designs which was very helpful and can save so much time. The designs are sold as a bundle for a very affordable price. Most of the bundles purchased cost £10.00 and with a lot of the bundles sold the designer only sells so many of each design bundle. Here you can see some of the products I have made using these wonderful designs.

Design purchased from Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/411898853076408
Design purchased from Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/411898853076408
Design purchased from Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/411898853076408
Design purchased from Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/411898853076408

I am also lucky enough to have a friend who is a talented Graphic Designer. She designed this stunning placemat and coaster set.

Designed by Michelle Wright of www.colourwheelcreative.co.uk.

Craft Blanks – I have found MDP Supplies and Xpres to be fantastic when it comes to craft blanks. Some of the craft blanks cost under £1.00.

Other things I have learned

I have learnt a lot even in the short time I have been doing dye sublimation, for example I use A3 silicone application sheets when doing dye sublimation onto coasters and placemats and I found a rubber wrap which you can put around a water bottle so that you can use a mug press to apply the dye sublimation process.

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