How To Make Personalised Mugs
Equipment Needed To Make Photo Mugs
- Sublimation Mug
Personalised ceramic mugs are coated with a layer polymer coating without this your sublimation inks would not adhere to your ceramic mug.
- sublimation ink
Unlike normal inks like you will find in the stranded desk top printer, sublimation ink when heated causes it to turn into a gas which is subsequently transferred to the mug surface.
- Sublimation Printer
- Mug Heat Press
- Sublimation software
- Sublimation Paper
You must use high-quality sublimation paper as failure to do so will result in poor quality mug prints.
How To Make A Photo Mug
- Now that you have all the equipment you can start making your custom photo mugs, once you have your design and are happy with the size and image you can print it on to your sublimation paper but remember to always print your image in mirror or your design will appear backward if not.
- Cut your design to size now you have printed your mug design, making sure to take care not to get your fingers all over the image.
- Wrap you mug design round your sublimation mug and when you are happy with the positioning tape it in place using only heat tape as the regular tape will burn with the high temperature.
- Place your custom mug into the heat press and adjust the pressure as this will vary on the size of your sublimation mug. Temperature and time depend on the make and model of your heat press.
- Once your heat-press indicates your mug is ready, carefully remove your personalised mug using gloves as this will be very hot, and when cool enough remove the sublimation paper with your design on from your mug, rinse under a cold tap and hey presto you have made your first custom printed photo mug.