What Is Sublimation Anyway?

By Jill Beam | August 31, 2020

Have you heard of sublimation t-shirts? Have you ever wondered what that was?
Well, I wondered too so I looked into what it was!

So how does sublimation work?

Well, sublimation printing uses heat to essentially bring ink and fabric together as one.

First, a design is printed onto special paper. The inks that are used, turn into gas when brought under heat, then combine with the fabric and permanently print onto the fabric. The effects are permanent and less prone to fading, as the ink is embedded in the fabric or substrate rather than simply laying on top like a normal print.

The process is almost like a tattoo, but instead of for your skin, it’s for your chosen product. The heat opens up the pores of the fabric, then with the applied pressure the ink cools and returns to a solid form.

The result is a permanent, full color image that won’t crack, peel or wash away from the substrate. The process allows the ink to go from a solid to a gas without turning to liquid, a bit like dry ice. The conversion is initiated by heat and controlled by pressure.

So, what does that mean for a t-shirt? It means that when you purchase a sublimated t-shirt it will not crack, peel or fade (if done on appropriate fabric). The substrate, or surface must have at least 65% polyester. So, the artwork will not only last long, but the quality of the shirts are also upscale!

Can you only sublimate on t-shirts? No! You can sublimate on aluminum, pillow cases, tea towels, garden flags, certain woods, really numerous choices!

These t-shirts will now be available at Bedsprings And Burlap!!! There will be a variety of offerings through shopping in store, and ordering online!
I am very excited to offer these fun tees for you!

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