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How to Use Dye Sublimation Glitter

How to Use Dye Sublimation Glitter

Posted by Heat Transfer Warehouse on Oct 23rd 2019

You asked and we listened! By popular request, we’re providing you with an alternative way to create your dye sub glitter masterpiece. We’re going to skip a couple of the most basic steps. Check out our other dye sub glitter post for a slightly modified process.

The process we are going to show you in this article will cut the glitter first, then sublimate the color on after your design is cut. This process is a little more tedious, but has been known to make it easier to remove the sublimated glitter from the liner. Let’s get started!

What Will You Need?

If you’re still unsure of where to start, check out one of our sublimation printer starter kits.

  • Cutter
  • Computer
  • Heat press
  • Teflon sheet
  • Graphics software
  • Scissors/weeding tool
  • Dye sublimation printer
  • Sublimation ink/toners
  • Sublimation heat transfer paper

Step 1.

Once you have your glitter design and your dye sub design printed, you’re ready to begin cutting. First, place your glitter (liner side down) in the cutter.

Step 2.

Cut your glitter right reading (not mirrored).

Step 3.

Once you remove your glitter from the cutter, cut away excess material and weed your design.

Step 4.

After weeding, it’s time to place your design on the Teflon sheet. Have your dye sub pattern ready at this time, as well.

Step 5.

Remove your glitter design from the liner and place it (glitter side up) on the Teflon sheet.

Step 6.

Next, place your dye sub pattern (face down) on top of the glitter and press. For this step, you will want to press your design at about 405 degrees (F) for 35-45 seconds.

Step 7.

Peel the dye sub design off (peel hot).

Step 8.

Place liner back on your glitter design and use pressure to adhere your glitter to the liner. Then, carefully peel the Teflon sheet away from the glitter.

Step 9.

You’re almost there! Now, just place your design on your garment and you’re ready to press again. This time, we’re going to press at about 330-335 degrees (F) for 15 seconds.

Step 10.

Peel hot and you’re done! If you’d like to add another material (we added ThermoFlex to ours, as seen below), make sure you cover your initial design with a Teflon sheet to protect it during pressing.