How To Sublimate On Glass? Complete Guide 2023
By Space Coast Daily // February 7, 2023
Glass sublimation is often used in producing glassware, signs, and other decorative items.
It is the process of transferring a design, image, or text onto an object using ink and heat. If you are someone who is looking to transform your glass objects into a beautiful piece of artifact, sublimation is the way to go. In this article, we will discuss everything you need to know while sublimating on glass.
Why should I sublimate to design glass?
With glass, it is highly recommended that you choose sublimation as the solution to get designs done. Here are a few reasons why:
Sublimation can be performed using a wide range of ink palettes making it an ideal choice for all kinds of custom designs.
Glass objects are fragile on their own. If you get the same kind of fragility for your designs, it will fade away with time and a retouch on glass can be a hassle. With sublimation, you get a robust output that is reliable for several years.
Despite being so effective in terms of performance, sublimation on glass is quite an easy process that is simple to perform and does not break the bank.
Unlike other printing methods, sublimation is very environmentally friendly. It does not produce any waste and does not require water or chemicals.
We’ve spoken of the robustness that comes with sublimation. It is time to speak of its efficiency and speed. Despite producing high-quality material, sublimation is known for its speed. A simple heat application and letting the object cool down and you are good to go.
Apparatus Required To Sublimate Glass
Glass sublimation is extremely easy to perform and requires very few materials. Once you have your glass object in hand, here is the rest of the apparatus you will need:
- Sublimation printer
An inkjet printer that is only used for dye sublimation printing is the first thing you will require. It will take in your design and produce output to be printed onto your glass object.
- Sublimation ink
Sublimation inks are specifically designed in a way that they turn into gas when heated. As a result, the object that comes into contact gains the print onto its surface.
- Sublimation paper
Sublimation paper is a special type of paper that takes in ink from the printer and is then applied to the object that needs sublimation.
- Heat press (with Nomex pads)
As its name suggests, a heat press applies heat in the sublimation process causing the ink to transfer between objects. You will need Nomex pads with your heat press as is recommended while sublimating on glass and ceramic.
- Teflon sheet
A Teflon sheet is required to protect the glass during the heating process. It also prevents any possible color bleeding during sublimation.
- Cleaning solution and cloth
Before sublimation is performed on a glass, it is always advised to properly clean it using a solution and cloth.
How to sublimate glass objects?
Here is a step-by-step guide for sublimating glass objects:
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- Choose a Graphic
Depending on the size of your glass object, design options will vary. The larger the object, the more room you have for creativity. Go for a design that suits your style and what you have in mind for your object.
- Print the graphic
After the graphic has been decided, load it to your printer and get it printed out for sublimation.
- Cut it out
Once printed, cut out the graphic for application. While cutting leave room for at least 1/16th to 1/8th of an inch of bleed
- Heat transfer
Apply the Teflon sheet and keep a heat-resistant Nomex pad for the application of even pressure. Set the heat to about 400 degrees Fahrenheit (204 degrees Celsius) and apply medium pressure for about 3-4 minutes.
- Remove the arrangement and let it cool down
Once you are done applying heat, remove the arrangement slowly and let your glass object cool down. Make sure your hands are protected while doing this.
Sublimation on glass is a great way to bring light into your glass objects. Depending on the object, you get ample room to be creative and give it a personal touch.
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