I’ve had such a great time talking sublimation on the blog this week. If you missed anything, I first defined sublimation, then I show you how to sublimate apparel, and then I showed you how to sublimate mugs two different ways. Today, I’m sharing resources for purchasing supplies – since I know you are excited to get started with sublimation!
Recommended Sublimation Supplier
Several months ago, I reached out to my crafty contacts for a recommendation for a sublimation supplier and I was referred to Coastal Business Supplies. I’ve been thrilled using Coastal Business Supplies – and even happier with their customer service (trust me – I’ve called, used the live chat on their website, and emailed multiple times with questions and they have happily answered all of them)!
They recommend the Virtuoso SG400 as an affordable starter sublimation printer which costs around $700. Coastal Business Supplies also offers a full line of sublimation blanks – including apparel – and tons of online tutorials. I’d recommend that before you purchase a printer, reach out to them and tell then what you want to create. They will be able to make a personal recommendation based on your needs and your budget. Be sure to tell them I sent you over so they know to take extra good care of you. Don’t purchase from Coastal Business Supplies before you check out their Facebook Page or Instagram Feed because they post sales and specials often.
Sublimation Shopping List
Sublimation transfer paper
Heat press and/or mug press or mug wraps
Heat resistant tape
Heat resistant gloves (if you will be working with ceramics)
Sublimation for Cheap
I entirely understand if you can’t afford $700+ for a sublimation printer. If you’d like to try out sublimation, but it isn’t in your budget, you can purchase an Epson printer and change out the ink. Here’s a list of what exactly you would need:
One important thing to remember if you purchase the Epson C88 is that the ink may clog if you don’t regularly use the printer.
If you do sublimation, share something you’ve made in the comments to inspire others!
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