Adding special effects such as glitter and rhinestones lets you create dazzling designs that grab
attention for your customers – and your business. You can achieve this form of head-turning
decoration using heat transfer, which is ideal for quick turn-around times and small quantities,
including one-off items.
HEAT TRANSFER PROCESS
Create a customized graphic using professional graphics software, incorporating any of
hundreds of ready-made rhinestone designs, from lettering to licensed sports team logos.
When the design is complete, flip it horizontally to create a reverse image. This can
also be created with a screen print process and is not limited to digital software. The
preparation cost to print a transfer is the same as for a classic screen print (film,
screen, ink). The advantage of a transfer is that you can print easily on a manual
press, print a few more transfers if you need on stock for later use, and create
transfers for specialty garments such as polyester and polyester blends and/or for
special positions where a machine cannot work.
TRANSFER IMAGE PREP:
Print your reversed digital image onto transfer paper using an inkjet printer and heat
transfer-compatible ink. Transfer images, including graphics utilizing glitter ink, can
also be screen printed onto transfer paper. Special heat-resistant, self-adhering
rhinestones are available on special transfer paper, ready for application.
Place your garment on a platen to keep it wrinkle-free, and heat press for three to five
seconds to remove moisture and wrinkles. (If combining rhinestones and transfer, use a
cover sheet to protect the entire print area, so that ink will not stick to the upper
platen.) Remove the rhinestone or glitter transfer from its backing and position
carefully on the shirt. Follow manufacturer’s application instructions – typically using
medium-firm pressure at around 350°F for 10 to 12 seconds for rhinestones, and 15 seconds
RHINESTONE & GLITTER HEAT TRANSFER EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES
Computer with graphics software, e.g.,
Adobe Creative Suite
Heat transfer-compatible inkjet printer, ink and transfer paper; glitter and
Substrate: Heat transfer is suitable for cotton, cotton blend and
polyester garments. Light colors are preferable, but dark colors can be successfully
printed with proper preparation.
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