I'm all about using my sublimation printer. There are so many fun things you can do with sublimation designs.
And I really loved learning how To Sublimate On Wood With Glitter HTV. The laminated wood slices turned out perfectly.
For this sublimation craft, I used white glitter - and I love how it turned out! It looks really cool, and I was super happy with how everything fell into place perfectly, so nothing was too close to the edges of the wood slices.
If you're ready to make something on real wood or even faux wood blanks, get ready to charm the pants off anyone who sees this. It looks like painted wood only better.
It's pretty much the same as typical sublimation. You place the sublimation design face down and then cover it with a piece of parchment paper before you press.
How To Sublimate On Wood With Glitter HTV
Once you get the hang of this, it's fast and simple - I promise. Make sure that you start by choosing the wood size that you want so that way when you're about to laminate the design, you don't have to worry that you have excess laminate to waste.
Sometimes, just because I'm an alpha personality, I'll draw out my design of what I'm envisioning on a piece of paper prior to starting so that way I'm saving myself time and sanity.
(I can't tell you how many times I've needed a laminating sheet or heat-resistant tape during projects, and I was just so busy getting started that I overlooked the supplies!)
All you need are the supplies below to get started!
- ⅛th inch Clear Acrylic
- ⅛th inch MDF Board
- super glue
- white glitter HTV
- sublimation paper
- sublimation ink
- sublimation design
- laser cutter
- sublimation printer
- heat press
How to use Glitter HTV on Wood
I assure you that the steps to this project aren't hard to do. In fact, you just might wonder what has taken you so long! Sublimation on wood is one of my favorite projects, and these easy steps show you why!
- Print out the sublimation design.
- Using the heat press attach the glitter vinyl to the wood.
- Press the design at 380 for 45 seconds to transfer the design.
- Using the print then cut feature on your laser to cut out the wood and acrylic. You may have to search to find the appropriate settings for your laser cutter.
- Once everything is cut, use super glue to glue all of the pieces together.
- Allow the glue to dry before using it.
Do I need a thermal laminating sheet for sublimation on wood?
You can use thermal lamination sheets, thermal laminating pouches or a laminating pouch, or another laminating film. It's a good idea to keep an extra piece of thermal laminate for projects like this so that you can't create when you want.
Is it hard to sublimate on wood?
Sublimating on plain wood isn't really hard to do, but you will find it easier if it has a polymer coating, as that helps with adhesion.
The glossy side of the paper sticks and works well with the wood, which has the end result of creating a beautiful outcome.
Fun Ways to Share this Wood Sublimation Project
The fun part about making something like this is that you can share it with others. It's a great way to showcase your creative abilities while also making a DIY gift for family and friends.
This would be a really great gift idea for someone to have to display on their shelf, and also to maybe get them "bit" by the crafting bug as well.
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