Personalized accessories are a fantastic way to expand offerings, boost sales and increase the bottom line for apparel decorating businesses. The sublimation technique is just one way to create unique custom accessories with vibrant, detailed designs on a variety of materials. Sublimation is perfect for print-on-demand orders because of its ability to produce small and large batches. It also requires less labor than other techniques.
Sublimation On Flip Flops
Sublimating on Flip Flops involves only a few simple steps. This technique creates high-quality full-color designs that are permanent with no cracking, peeling, or fading.
Flip Flop Blanks For Sublimation
The sublimation technique requires a special blank with a poly-coating to transfer the design. Sublimating on a flip flop not meant for sublimation, will lead to faded design or no design at all.
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Designs For Sublimation Flip Flops
When developing or choosing sublimation designs, it is important to understand the measurements of the product or blank that will be customed and if the design will cover the entire product or just a portion.
Using sublimation software programs and or color management tools the design is formatted for color and saturation then imported into the printer software.
Printing The Flip Flop Sublimation Design Transfer
Sublimation transfer paper is used exclusively in sublimation printing. This paper has a unique substrate and special coating added to the paper holds the dye sublimation inks and releases it into gas when exposed to heat. The transfer is printed and can be stored, sold as a transfer, or applied directly to the flip flop blank.
Protecting The Flip Flop Blank From Heat
The use of protective non-stick sheets is required during the heat press processes. Before pressing, the protective sheet often known as a finishing sheet is placed on the heat press platen and below the sublimation blank and sublimation transfer. A secondary sheet is then placed above the transfer paper. These protective sheets prevent the blank from scorching or melting.
Flip Flop Sublimation Heat Press
To produce the highest quality results when sublimating a heat press is necessary. The heat press has key features including exact temperature settings, locked pressure settings and displayed timer options. A heat press provides the consistent temperature, even pressure and reliable timing needed for the design to transfer completely.
Sublimation Flip Flop Heat Pressing Process
With the proper heat and pressure settings the sublimation transfer is pressed directly onto the sublimation blank. During this process, the ink transforms from a solid to a gas, solidifying again and fusing within the blank’s fibers, resulting in durable print that will not fade or crack over time.