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Printing digital art on jewelry


#1

I am a digital artist very much interested in making my own jewelry
by imprinting my art on it. I am open to either purchasing equipment
myself, or outsourcing it. I have been told that there is a process,
baked-on epoxy colors, that may be able to achieve what I have been
dreaming about. Any help, guidance, advice, would be giddily and
gratefully appreciated. I thank you for your time.

Warmly,
Mindy Sommers
www.dreamingincolor.us
www.peapoddesign.net


#2

Dear Mindy,

A process you might want to look for is called sublimation. The
metal pieces will have a special coating on them and you will have to
print your image on a special paper and apply to the metal with a
heat press. Good luck…

Andrea Ludden


#3
A process you might want to look for is called sublimation. The
metal pieces will have a special coating on them and you will have
to print your image on a special paper and apply to the metal with
a heat press. Good luck... 

The special coating is polyester in liquid form, you usually dip or
spraycoat the item.

You’ll need a special paper but also a special ink for your printer.
To top it off, I always recommend a second printer for the
sublimation ink because it will create less problems and maintain a
good economy. (Switching cartridges entails intensive cleaning of
the heads.)

As for a heat press - in the T-shirt business it’s callerd
transferpress (at least in Europe) - it should not press hard like
you would with textiles but heat evenly which could become a problem
if you aim to do irregular forms. In a production situation there
are ways to solve this.

Please ask if you have any questions.

michaela


#4

Dye sublimation printing should work well for jewelry purposes, as
it highly resistant to fading from sunlight. High quality photos are
often printed with dye sub methods because it offers a broader color
spectrum, and better blending of shades. Inkjet printers print one
color per pixel, whereas dye sub printing can vary in shade from one
side of a pixel to the other side, when necessary. Dye sub printing
is used extensively in making printed coffe cups, novelties, t
shirts, hats, etc… Sony makes a line of dye sub printers, as well
as Alpine, which is one of the very few printers that uses white ink
for accurate color blending.

Ed in Kokomo


#5

hi

I am fimiliar with the sublimation process but what is this
polyseter in liquid form and where can you get it form I spoke to one
dealer today and he said he does not have a gloss finish polyseter he
has semi gloss I have ordered a sample lets see how it works

Gary


#6

Hi Gary,

I am fimiliar with the sublimation process but what is this
polyseter in liquid form and where can you get it form I spoke to
one dealer today and he said he does not have a gloss finish
polyseter he has semi gloss I have ordered a sample lets see how it
works 

When you buy coffee cups, ceramic tiles and similar products to use
for sublimation transfer, they are pre-treated. Sub transfers on
t-shirts work fine provided there’s a polyester content. It is only
when you’re using your own item you have to think about it. Glossy
or not doesn’t matter technically.

michaela