Last Updated on December 20, 2023
Welcome to another exciting crafting adventure with The Sewing Stuffs! In this episode, we’ll explore the easiest way to sublimate onto sublimation slates.
Whether you received the Mega Mystery Box or not, stick around for valuable tips and tricks. Get ready to transform a sublimation slate into a delightful Santa snack tray for Craftmas.
- Ensure your chosen design is reversed before printing onto the sublimation transfer.
- Sublimation pressing emits fumes, so work in a well-ventilated area with safety precautions.
- Allow the sublimated slate to cool for 10-15 minutes before handling, then use heat-resistant gloves for safety.
- Enhance durability and make the slate food-safe by sealing it with Maker Magic by Scorch Marker and applying thin, even coats.
How to Sublimate on Slate for Craftmas
First, clean the slate and place a reversed sublimation transfer on it to sublimate on the slate. Use a preheated heat press at 400°F for 7.5 minutes, then cool and seal with a food-safe marker like Maker Magic by Scorch Marker.
- Sublimation Slate
- Sublimation Transfer
- Sublimation Printer (optional)
- Printable Vinyl (optional)
- Heat Press or Easy Press
- Butcher Paper or White Cardstock
- Heat-Resistant Tape (optional)
- Craftman Exclusive Designs (or your own)
- Heat-Resistant Gloves
- Maker Magic by Scorch Marker
- Nylon Brush or Foam Brush
- Coffee Mugs or Cooling Rack
- Lint Roller
Step by step sublimation slate blanks Guide
Let’s explore the sublimation process and the magic of how to sublimate on slate!
Step 1: Choose Your Design
Select a design from the Craftman site or create your own. Ensure that the design is reversed for sublimation printing. Consider using printable vinyl as an alternative method.
Step 2: Prepare the Sublimation Slate
Clean the slate thoroughly and remove any rubber feet if present. Lay the sublimation transfer over the slate, ensuring it covers all important elements. Use heat-resistant tape if needed.
Step 3: Set Up Heat Press
Preheat the heat press to 400°F for 450 seconds. Place butcher paper or white cardstock on the lower platen to catch any ink blowout.
Step 4: Pressing Process
Position the sublimation slate with the transfer face down on the platen. Press it with firm pressure for around 7.5 minutes. Ensure proper ventilation and safety precautions due to fumes.
Step 5: Cooling Period
After the pressing, let the sublimated slate cool for 20-30 seconds on the press. Move it to a cooling area, such as two coffee mugs or a cooling rack. Allow it to cool completely for 10-15 minutes.
Step 6: Seal with Maker Magic
Put on heat-resistant gloves and seal the sublimated slate with Maker Magic by Scorch Marker. Apply thin, even coats, allowing each layer to dry for at least an hour. Give it a total of 2 days to cure for food safety.
FAQs on Sublimation Photo Slate
What is the coating on sublimation slate?
The coating on sublimation slate is typically a special polymer layer that allows sublimation ink to be transferred onto the surface, resulting in vibrant and durable designs.
What temperature do you sublimate slate?
Sublimate slate at 400°F for 7.5 minutes using a heat press, ensuring proper ventilation and safety precautions due to fumes.
Is sublimation slate waterproof?
Yes, sublimation slate can be made waterproof by sealing it with a waterproofing sealant, such as Maker Magic by Scorch Marker, after the sublimation process.
Do I need a sublimation printer to do this project?
No, you can use a sublimation transfer with a design printed from a sublimation printer or opt for printable vinyl as an alternative.
Can I use a regular printer for sublimation printing?
No, sublimation printing requires a special sublimation printer and ink that allows the design to transfer onto the slate.
What should I do if I don’t have a heat press?
You can use an Easy Press or another heat source if you don’t have a heat press. Ensure you apply firm pressure and consider adding some body weight.
How do I avoid ink blowout during the sublimation process?
Use butcher paper or white cardstock on the lower platen to catch any ink blowout. Ensure the slate and transfer are securely placed.
Can I use a different sealer instead of Maker Magic?
While we have used Maker Magic by Scorch Marker, you can use other food-safe sealers. Just ensure it provides a clear finish and is safe for contact with food.
How long does it take for the sealed slate to be safe for food contact?
After applying 2-3 coats of sealer, let the slate cure for 2 days to ensure it’s safe for contact with food.
Where can I find exclusive designs for sublimation printing?
Craftman offers exclusive designs for sublimation printing. Alternatively, you can create your own designs.
Is it necessary to remove rubber feet from the sublimation slate?
Yes, if your slate has rubber feet, remove them before starting the sublimation process to ensure even heat distribution.
How do I clean the sublimated slate after use?
Clean the sealed slate with a damp cloth. Avoid using abrasive cleaners to maintain the quality of the sublimated design.
And there you have it – a beautifully sublimated slate ready to charm as Santa’s official treat tray. We hope you’ve enjoyed this crafting journey with Tersia Jager. Don’t forget to comment with your feedback.
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