Come and sublimate on wood with me
I bought a cup sublimation kit that included some heat transfer coating in it and I use sublimation products often so I had not tried it as a treatment. I also heard you can sublimate on wood with Polycrylic finish too.
I decided it was time to try it out. I have 3 wood pcs from the dollar tree, they are all similar and they are all unfinished. I wanted to try the following types of finish to see how the sublimation would work.
- Polycrylic finish
- Polycrylic finish diluted with water in a spray bottle
- We R Memory Keepers Heat Transfer Coating
- No Treatment
First I had to treat the wood with the coating.
We R Memory Keepers
I did 2 coats and let it dry completely before adding the 2nd coat. I pressed these all at 280 for 60 seconds with a cricut EZ press. I think they all would have come out better if I had not used the EZ press pad underneath. I think they needed a hard base underneath them and no cushion. The cushion seemed to allow for ghosting by not putting enough pressure under the wood item.
The paper did stick to this one once I pressed it. I ran it under water and washed the paper off with a cloth. It came off easily.
This time, I just used wood without any treatment and it seemed to come out pretty decent.
Next blog I am going to use Polycrylic because it did show the best color, however, I am not going to use the heat pad. That way I have a harder, flatter surface to work with and I will post a blog! I think they all came out pretty good though and I plan on hanging them in my scrapbook room. They were so easy to use and so inexpensive to make. The hardest part is deciding which image to use!
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