Sublimation on Glitter – The Next Big Thing?

Sublimation (AKA dye-sub) has been around for many, many years. it’s been used to make some of the wildest motocross jerseys, soccer jerseys, and even mouse pads and mugs. If you’re not familiar with dye-sub, look to the kiosks in your local mall. If there’s a kiosk that takes your photo and applies it to a mug or a puzzle or a mousepad, chances are that the proprietor is using sublimation. If you’ve ever seen a motocross jersey that’s totally covered in a custom print, that’s sublimation as well. How about the cosplayer at Comic Con wearing the perfect Spiderman or Batman costume? Also sublimation! The major downside to sublimation is that for garment printing, you have to apply to polyester. What if you want to sublimate on cotton or dark garments? What if you want an effect like glitter? Well, in the past, the answer would be “Sorry!” Thankfully, those days are gone! Siser® makes a Glitter heat transfer vinyl that is perfect for sublimating on! The process is simple:

  1. Cut just the shape of your design using Siser Glitter HTV.
  2. Print the graphic of your design using a sublimation printer and transfer paper.
  3. Tack the Glitter shape to your garment for 1-2 seconds at the temperature required for the transfer paper.
  4. Peel the carrier from Glitter while it’s hot.
  5. Lay the printed transfer paper over the top of your Glitter shape.
  6. Cover with a cover sheet and heat apply with a heat press. Sublimation usually requires a high temperature and a long dwell time.
  7. After application, peel away the transfer to reveal your awesome design!

Combining sublimation and Siser Glitter opens up new avenues in decoration. Cheer, dance, and fashion designs will never be the same! If you currently sublimate, call a Siser Authorized Distributor and get your hands on some Glitter – there’s no limit to what you can create! Siser has several Glitter colors that work well with this process, including the neon colors and white. To see the process in action, check out the video below and share your comments.

By |2019-05-14T08:51:23-04:00January 23rd, 2015|Heat Transfer Vinyl|34 Comments

About the Author:

Keith Allison is a 30 year veteran of the imprinted garment industry, having touched on all aspects of decorationincluding airbrushing, screen printing, heat printing and everything in between! Keith is Siser's Marketing Manager and also produces all of the awesome Siser videos!

34 Comments

  1. Diego Cifuentes January 23, 2015 at 10:00 am - Reply

    I’m excited to sublimate on Glitter, but, what about other materials?
    Have you tried on Easy Weed?

    Thanks

    • Keith Allison January 23, 2015 at 10:54 am - Reply

      Hey Diego, We’ve had success with our Holographic Spectrum as well as ReflectAll. We haven’t tried any other materials yet. If you test it out, be sure to share your results with us!

  2. Charisma January 28, 2015 at 11:40 am - Reply

    This is exciting~! I’m ready to try it, how do I order it? I’m having a hard time finding a distributor, can you suggest someone for me? I’m located in Northern Alabama.

  3. Havin Hughes February 13, 2015 at 11:08 pm - Reply

    Any distributors in the Chicago area?

  4. Rob Capper June 5, 2015 at 12:12 am - Reply

    Any special procedures for the Holographic or ReflectAll? Or are they more or less the same as with the Glitter? On a brief side question, is the Siser glitter a polyester based material or is it PU and the sublimation inks seem to take to that resin as well? I’m rather excited about the possibilities that this opens up for sublimation on garments.
    Thanks a ton for the great info.

    • Keith Allison June 8, 2015 at 3:36 pm - Reply

      Rob,
      Holographic is a thinner material like EasyWeed. ReflectAll is thicker and is closer in specs and cutting to Glitter. Glitter is a PU based product and the white, silver and fluorescent colors work very well with sublimation. All I can say is give it a try and see what you think!

  5. Jaret Thomas August 11, 2016 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    Do you have a video that shows you how to sublimate on the glitter vinyl prior to pressing it onto the design?

    • Lily Campau August 12, 2016 at 3:53 pm - Reply

      Hi Jaret! As of right now we do not have a video for that process. Thanks for reading!

  6. kimberly ainsowrth November 8, 2016 at 10:36 am - Reply

    I am trying to sublimate on a cheer bow using white ribbon and I have followed your directions and correct temp the color isn’t as vibrant and parts of it looks white or scorched almost. Any pointers??? Is it different on grosgrain ribbon?

    • Lily Campau November 10, 2016 at 4:17 pm - Reply

      Hi Kimberly, are you trying to sublimate directly onto the ribbon or on white Glitter?

  7. Rebecca Fuller December 3, 2016 at 9:53 am - Reply

    How do I get the same size shape in sublimation for the print and Cricut for the vinyl cut, if I’m using two different design spaces. I’m using creative studio and Cricut design space and I can’t seem to get both sized the same.

    • Lily Campau December 5, 2016 at 9:49 am - Reply

      Hi Rebecca, please email Joseph.Piazza@SiserNA.com so we can help troubleshoot your issue.

    • Kate March 27, 2018 at 11:15 am - Reply

      I am having the same problem. I use design space for vinyl and creative studio for sub. Help !! Lol

      • Lily March 29, 2018 at 10:14 am - Reply

        Hi Kate! If you could please send photos of the issue you’re experiencing to me at Lily.Campau@SiserNA.com I will be able to assist you quicker.

  8. Crystal Romo July 11, 2017 at 1:05 am - Reply

    I know Siser doesn’t sell the sublimation transfer sheets but can you suggest any? In the direction for the video it doest say what is being used and I can’t seem to find the answer anywhere.

  9. Stephanie August 4, 2017 at 9:33 am - Reply

    At this point, is it possible to sublimate on Siser’s smooth htv?

  10. ELIZABETH MARTINEZ August 4, 2017 at 11:00 am - Reply

    Cual es el mejor glitter para subliminar, hay mu hos estilos o colores

    • Lily August 7, 2017 at 2:40 pm - Reply

      Buenas tardes Elizabeth,

      Todos nuestros colores Glitter pueden ser usados para sublimar pero el Glitter Blanco o el Glitter Blanco Arcoiris serian la mejor opcion. Con estas opciones los colores son mas fuertes y brillantes.

      Si necesita de algo mas no dude en contactarnos!

      Saludos,
      Lily

  11. Scott January 26, 2018 at 11:36 pm - Reply

    Is there any plans on making a plain white vinyl like easyweed that can be sublimated on?

    • Keith January 29, 2018 at 9:49 am - Reply

      Scott, It’s something we’re looking into… but manufacturing a product like this – that can sustain the high temperatures of sublimation, is difficult. We’ll certainly keep everyone updated if anything new happens in the lab!

  12. Juan February 10, 2018 at 12:00 am - Reply

    How do I about order it in San Diego ca or LA area

    • Lily February 12, 2018 at 9:13 am - Reply

      Please email us at Info@SiserNA.com to be connected with an authorized distributor or reseller near your area.

  13. Cheryl April 30, 2018 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    I have been doing sublimation for many years now, just started vinyl within the last year, glad to see the vinyl can be sublimated on just wish there was a plain white because I don’t think too many men want to run around with glitter on…… lol
    Also any ideas as to when something will come out for sublimating onto black garments….. Myself and I’m sure many others that do sublimation have to turn down business all the time due to customers wanting black or dark clothing….. I seen Best Sub came out with something but I have yet to locate here in the states…..

    • Lily May 2, 2018 at 9:19 am - Reply

      Hi Cheryl! For now, Glitter is the only Siser heat transfer vinyl that can be sumblimated. This video explains why. Sumblimation on dark garments would be cool, I agree! Wish we knew of such a product!

  14. CHRISTY L ALLEN October 18, 2018 at 11:38 am - Reply

    Does Siser carry subliflock?

    • Keith October 19, 2018 at 7:43 am - Reply

      HI Christy! Sorry, our StripFlock can’t be sublimated on.

  15. cathy May 13, 2019 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    how do you get the cutter to cut it if your printing from sub printer/ do it as a print and cut and how to get the back ground to cut out in a shape/

    • Lily May 14, 2019 at 9:06 am - Reply

      Hi Cathy! If you want to avoid hand cutting your transfer paper, you can send it to the sublimation printer as a print and cut image with registration marks for your cutter to read. The Glitter HTV shape is cut separately with your preferred cutter and software.

  16. Jasmine June 4, 2019 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    I have a Cricut machine and I use Silhouette to design my sublimation designs. I can never get them lined up. My cut out design end up being bigger than my printed design despite me putting in the exact same measurements. Any suggestions?

    • Lily June 6, 2019 at 12:21 pm - Reply

      Hi Jasmine! I’d recommend adding an external offset to your sublimation design in Silhouette Studio to create a bleed. This usually solves minor size differences. If the difference in size between your cut HTV and your printed sublimation paper is much more significant, I’d recommend double checking your Silhouette Studio print and cut settings as well as your printer settings to ensure the softwares aren’t accidentally resizing the artwork through the printing process.

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