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Step-by-Step Crafting Guide: Working with Heat Transfer and Permanent Vinyl

Step-by-Step Crafting Guide: Working with Heat Transfer and Permanent Vinyl

How to Use Heat Transfer Vinyl:

  1. Design your pattern.
  2. Place the vinyl with the cutting side facing up and press the backing side onto the cutting mat.
  3. Cut out your pattern - Remember to mirror the design.
  4. Weed out the excess vinyl.
  5. Lay the pattern on the substrate with the backing side facing up, ensuring it's oriented as you want it to appear on the substrate.
  6. Press at the recommended time and temperature.
  7. Remove the carrier film to reveal the finished product.

How to Use Specialty Permanent Vinyl:

(Metallic, Holographic, Color Shift, Hot & Cold Color Change)

  1. Design your pattern.
  2. Place the vinyl with the cutting side facing up and press the backing side onto the cutting mat.
  3. Cut out your pattern - Note that you don't need to mirror the design.
  4. Weed out the excess vinyl.
  5. Apply transfer tape to your design and use a scraper tool to remove any bubbles.
  6. Peel up the transfer tape along with the pattern, leaving the vinyl's backing.
  7. Apply the transfer tape and vinyl to the product's surface.
  8. Use the scraper to ensure the vinyl adheres to the product.
  9. Carefully peel off the transfer tape, leaving the vinyl attached to the product, and reveal the finished product.

How to Use Permanent Vinyl:

(Matte and Glossy)

  1. Design your pattern.
  2. Place the vinyl with the cutting side facing up and press the backing side onto the cutting mat.
  3. Cut out your pattern - Note that you don't need to mirror the design.
  4. Weed out the excess vinyl.
  5. Apply transfer tape to your design and use a scraper tool to remove any bubbles.
  6. Peel up the transfer tape along with the pattern, leaving the vinyl's backing.
  7. Apply the transfer tape and vinyl to the product's surface.
  8. Use the scraper to ensure vinyl has attached to the product surface.
  9. Carefully peel off the transfer tape, leaving the vinyl attached to the product, and reveal the finished product.

Substrate Processing Times and Temperatures

Base Substrate Temperature Time (Press) Time (Oven)
Ceramic 385°F 240 seconds 13 minutes
Stainless Steel 385°F 60-120 seconds 8 minutes
Glass 365°F 180 seconds 6 minutes
Enamel Mugs 385°F 180 seconds 6 minutes
Aluminum 385°F 120 seconds 6 minutes
Polyester 385°F 45 seconds
Cotton 310°F 15 seconds
Vegan Leather 375°F 45 seconds