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Hi, has anyone used the mug wraps for sublimation that go in your oven?. How do they work?.
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We sold our mug presses several years ago and went strickly to the wraps. You simply afix the transfer with heat tape, wrap with a sheet of blow out paper and tighten your wrap. Times will vary depending on the size of mugs, number of mugs, etc. You just have to play with that part of it until you find what works for you. After baking, simply drop the wraps off and dunk the mugs into a water bath to cool.

Several folks are using the small counter top sized convection ovens. I think they can get about four mugs in at a time.

The mug presses are handy if you print only a mug here and there. They are quicker for single mugs (when you have customers waiting), but for volume orders, the wraps have been much more productive. We use a convection oven and can cook between 12 and 18 mugs at a time. In my shop, one person can easily complete a case an hour. We also are able to print a larger area of the mug with the wraps, our full wraps are 9.00".
 

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Great info RON. I have been looking into a Hamilton Beach oven and cactus mug wraps. I would like to have a single mug press for one at a time orders. What single mug press would you recommend ? And, if you don't mind what transfer do you use, laser OEM, Dye Toner, or dye sub ink ?
 

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Yes, that is great info. I've always wondered about wraps - I think I shall pick some up. Thanks.
 

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Different Shaped mugs

Hey everyone,

The mug presses that I've seen only seem to accomodate standard mugs that are a the same shape all the way down. Am I mistaken or do they also accomodate mugs of different shapes(ie more cone shaped mugs ... or the shorter and rounder coffee style mugs)

With the oven bake system ... so I could use my kitchen oven ? sorry if that was a stupid question.

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what exactly convection oven do you use guys? is it really the HAMILTON BEACH oven or other brand/s in WALMART store?
 

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I just use a regular toaster oven for mine.. I have been told that convention ovens are nice for mugs.. but a oven like at home.. or a toaster oven will work also..

I have 8 mug wraps and can bake 4 at a time in my small toaster oven
 

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Re: Different Shaped mugs

Hey everyone,

The mug presses that I've seen only seem to accomodate standard mugs that are a the same shape all the way down. Am I mistaken or do they also accomodate mugs of different shapes(ie more cone shaped mugs ... or the shorter and rounder coffee style mugs)

With the oven bake system ... so I could use my kitchen oven ? sorry if that was a stupid question.

:eek:)

The standard mug presses only accomodate straight sided mugs. You can have wraps custom made to fit a specific mug which you can use in a home oven.
 

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I too, use the mug wraps. I bought a hamilton beach convection oven but find the regular oven works just as good and I can put 8 at a time in. I usually take mine out and let them set for about ten minutes before taking the wraps off and putting them in water. Just seems to work better for me. I don't think there really is much difference between the cactus wraps and cheaper brands. They are pretty simple and you can get them made in any size you want. Just depends on how many you do and if you are a home operation or a storefront with customers wanting items NOW:) We actually own an embroidery business and bought the hybrid system on a lark hoping to just pick up a few orders. Seems there is more interest in the sublimation than I thought. With the price of other items, the wraps are a real bargain since they say one wrap will last over 300 times. During my research, I also learned that that's what a lot of factories use with really big ovens.

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I used my mug oven with my oven wraps for the first time recently. The results weren't great. Maybe someone knows what I'm doing wrong. There is a visible line left where the paper ends. Also, after washing in the dishwasher a few times, the red bled really badly. Any tips?
 

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Catherine,
I find I have the best luck if I cut the paper handle to handle, spray the image with adhesive, and apply. Then wrap with a layer of white uncoated butcher paper and tape. Then the wrap goes on. I bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes and add about 1 minute more for each additional mug. Which type of ink are you using? When I first started doing mousepads that weren't full coverage, I used to have the line too. I'm an embroiderer, not a printer, so I did have a slight learning curve. :)

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I'm going to sound really stupid now. What kind of adhesive do you use and what is butcher paper? I'm using ArTainium inks with Xpres paper (UK).
 

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No stupid questions here, we all had to start someplace. I use dyetrans prospray from conde.com, but there are other brands out there and think the photo adhesive from craft stores will work also. . All it does is hold the transfer in place to help eliminate ghosting and facilitate placement. White non coated butcher paper is just that, plain white paper that I buy in bulk rolls. I suppose you could use computer paper. I don't use teflon sheets for anything. I was told(rightly or wrongly) that they hold moisture in and the paper gives better results, so I use it on top and bottom. I use the Artainium uv+ with textprint paper. Your's should work just as well. It sounds to me your problem is either with temp or pressure. I know I have had incomplete transfers when I first started because of not enough pressure. I'm sure there are others with lots more experience than me on this subject. Email sawgrass and see what they say. I know their support isn't the best, but that is something they should be able to easily diagnose.

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Thanks Jim. We bought our mugs from an unreliable source, so maybe this could be the problem. We have another batch of mugs from a more reliable supplier, so we'll try them first and see how we get on. I reckon it's something we're doing, like temp or pressure as you say, but hubby insists that it's the cheap mugs, so we'll see. I'll let you know when our 15 month old gives us a chance!! Cheers.
 
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