If you’re looking for a fun and unique way to personalize your clothes, Sublimation on Glitter HTV may be the perfect option for you. This process gives your design vibrant colors and a sparkling look that is sure to turn heads. In this blog, we’ll discuss the process of Sublimation on Glitter HTV and provide some tips for getting the best results.
What is Glitter HTV?
Glitter vinyl (HTV) is a shiny and glittery type of HTV that has tiny pieces of glitter interspersed throughout. This material can add a lot of sparkle to your designs, making them stand out in the crowd.
How to Sublimate on Glitter HTV?
1- White Glitter HTV
2- Dye Sublimation Printer
5- Ironing board or another heat-resistant surface
6- Heat Press Machine
1- Cut the desired amount of glitter HTV to fit on your garment and use a heat press to apply it where you want it to be. If you want to add a second colored surface, cut another piece of glitter HTV and heat press it above the first layer.
2- To make your design pop, even more, we suggest cutting out a piece of white fabric that is larger than your design and heat pressing it in the middle (this also makes colors appear brighter). Optional: you can add another Glitter piece (or more) to this middle piece of fabric. If you’re using a 100% polyester white canvas, we suggest directly applying the glitter HTV design to it.
3- Once your design is finished, you’ll need to prepare it for the regular sublimation printing process by sending your print files to a dye-sublimation printer. Be aware that different printers have different color palettes, so you may need to adjust your pre-printed image accordingly. Important: When printing with an eco-solvent printer, please contact us for the exact ink formula before beginning this process, as it can vary depending on which sublimation inks are being used.
4- Load your printed sublimation transfer paper into your printer, print the desired designs onto it, and let it cool. The color of dye sublimation will fabricate gradually.
5- After the transfer is incredible, remove it from the printer and check to make sure there are no air bubbles between the HTV and the transfer paper (if there are any air pockets, press them out with a warm iron).
6- Place your design wrong side up on an ironing board or other heat-resistant surface. Heat press it for around 30 seconds with a medium level of heat, then check to see if the transfer has adhered to the fabric. If not, you can try pressing it for another 10-15 seconds.
7- Carefully peel the transfer sublimation paper away from your design and admire your sparkling creation.
Note: The more layers you add; the less time your material load will need under the heat press. This is because each layer adds a little bit of thickness to your design, which means you’re pressing more fabric at once (and it takes more time for the heat to travel into all that material.
How long do you press sublimation on glitter HTV?
For glitter HTV, we usually recommend a medium level of heat and around 30 seconds of pressure. So you’ll need to experiment with your materials to see what works best for you.
How do I know if my design has adhered to the HTV properly?
If your design has not adhered correctly, you will see white areas on your glitter HTV material where the transfer paper was located. If this happens, simply re-heat presses those areas, and they should transfer properly.
How to cut glitter HTV for sublimation prints?
To cut Glitter shape, you will need a sharp (fresh) blade and a cutting mat to protect the surface of your material. We suggest using a rotary cutter and metal ruler for the best results.
In this article, we have learned about Glitter HTV, how to sublimate it using a step-by-step process, and how to cut prints for sublimation design. We hope you found this information helpful and that you will give sublimation on glitter HTV a try. Good Luck!