A Guide to Easy® Glow HTV

Fascinated with things that glow in the dark? Me too! But what if your desire for luminescent material goes beyond the typical eerie green glow? Well, you’re in luck because Siser® now offers Easy® Glow heat transfer vinyl! This bright and bold HTV gives creators an all-new way to light up the night! If this sounds intriguing to you, then read on for a guide to Easy Glow!

Overview

So what is Easy Glow HTV and why should you be excited about it? Allow me to *enlighten* you!

Easy Glow is a smooth, semi-gloss HTV that boasts 5 bright and bold colors: Neon Blue, Neon Green, Neon Orange, Neon Pink, and Neon Yellow.

5 different colors of Easy Glow.

But of course, this material’s best feature appears when the lights go out. After “charging up” from exposure to light, Easy Glow then (you guessed it) glows in the dark! However, rather than giving off the appearance of typical glow in the dark materials (like EasyWeed® Glow for instance), Easy Glow shines with neon colors!

Sounds cool, huh? Wait ‘till you use it yourself! Like most HTV, here’s what we recommend having on hand when working with Easy Glow:

Easy Glow applies onto cotton, polyester, and cotton/poly blends— like shirts, sweaters, bags, and hats! But you’ve seen all those substrates applied dozens of times before. This time I’m going to try something a little more complex… shoes!

Supplies for an Easy Glow project.

How to Cut Easy Glow HTV

While this HTV may look like EasyWeed, working with it is a bit different! Easy Glow can be cut with simple tools like scissors and precision knives, but we recommend using a vinyl cutter to achieve crisp, clean designs. And if you want the *best* cut, my totally unbiased recommendation would be to use a Romeo or Juliet High Definition cutter.

I’ll load my Easy Glow into my Juliet from the back since it’s already set up. And no— a cutting mat isn’t required when using HTV with a Siser High Definition cutter!

Once Easy Glow is properly loaded, I’ll need to ensure that my design cuts smoothly. The first step is choosing the right blade. Easy Glow cuts best with a 45° blade— but if you plan on cutting very fine detail, consider using a 60° blade instead.

Next, I’ll need to adjust my cut settings. This can be easily done from the nifty Juliet touch screen. Siser recommends starting with a force between 5–15 (depending on the age of the blade) and a speed of 10 for Easy Glow. Since my blade is a couple months old, I’ll start with a force of 10 and adjust later if needed.

Easy Glow cut settings.

I’ve now properly dialed in my settings. Great! But I’m not ready to send my design just yet. I’ll need to perform a test cut next to determine if the settings need to be tweaked further. Romeo and Juliet have a super handy test cut button right on the home screen, so this will only take me a few seconds! If you want to read more about performing test cuts, check out this blog post for Romeo or this blog post for Juliet.

After the cutter finishes the test cut, I’ll peel away the mini t-shirt design with an EasyWeeder. This cut looks good, so I’ll go ahead and send my design using Leonardo™ Design Studio!

Easy Glow HTV test cut.

Weeding Easy Glow

Easy Glow is easy to weed, (who would’ve thought?) but there are a few things to note before you wield your EasyWeeder.

Similarly to EasyWeed and some of our other HTVs, Easy Glow has a “sticky” carrier backing. This helps keep smaller details down on the mask during the weeding process and allows you to replace pieces that may have been removed in error.

Easy Glow also benefits from the heat press trick thanks to its sticky backing! Not familiar? You’ll definitely want to check out the video below to see how you can speed up your weeding game!

With these tips in mind, I’ll go ahead and weed out of all the negative space around my design.

Weeding Easy Glow HTV.

Creating a Shoe Template

I would normally move straight into the application process if I was applying a typical design. But because I created an abstract pattern, I’ll need to layer the colors and form a template.

I’ll stack each of the weeded layers on top of each other (making sure the actual vinyl portions don’t overlap) to create a unique pattern.

Next, I’ll take a sheet of parchment paper and place it down over one of the shoes. Using a permanent marker, I’ll trace the application area so it encompasses the top and sides of the shoe. Then I’ll use scissors to cut this shape out from the parchment paper.

Creating a shoe template from parchment paper.

With my new parchment paper template, I’ll place it over my stacked Easy Glow pattern and use the permanent marker again to trace the design onto the carrier twice.

Tracing shoe templates onto Easy Glow carriers.

Now I’ll use my scissors once more to cut the two template shapes out from the carriers.

Cutting the shoe templates out from the carriers.

Applying Easy Glow

Once the templates are done, the next (and best) step is application. But unless you’ve got a shoe platen for your heat press (yes, they do exist!), you’ll have to get a little creative when applying onto footwear.

In this case, I’m using a home iron to apply my Easy Glow design. I’ll use a heat press pillow to help achieve even pressure since shoes are hollow and can’t be laid flat like a shirt.

I’ll stuff the heat press pillow inside to help “firm up” the shoe for application. Don’t have a heat press pillow? No problem! A folded towel can also be stuffed inside to achieve the same result.

Shoe stuffed with a heat press pillow.

I’ll take the first shoe pattern I cut earlier with all 5 colors stuck together and peel off the bottom layer. When aligning each layer onto the shoe, it’s important to make sure there’s no portions overlapping since it is *not* recommended to layer Easy Glow.

After making sure the surface of the shoe is free from debris, I’ll place the first piece down and cover with parchment paper. (Other cover sheets will work, too.)

Easy Glow is applied at a temperature of 305°F/150°C with a heat press. You can also use a setting of “Cotton” or “High” for an iron (like I’m using). Now I’ll go ahead and press with medium pressure for about 15 seconds.

I’ll have to wait for it to cool down before peeling the carrier since Easy Glow is a cold peel material. Or because I’m impatient, I’ll simply take the shoe and press it against a cool surface (like a window) to speed up the process.

After peeling the carrier, I’ll go ahead and repeat the same application process one at a time for each of the remaining colors.

It’s Glow Time!

A few presses later and my shoes are looking awesome! The bright, neon colors really stand out and guarantee that my feet won’t go unnoticed. But let’s be honest… that’s not even the best part.

I’ll give the Easy Glow some time to soak up the ambient light (and maybe shine a lamp on top of them because, again, I’m impatient) before the fun really begins.

And now the moment we’ve all been waiting for: it’s time to turn off the lights!

Easy Glow HTV in the daylight.Easy Glow HTV in the dark.

Now THAT is cool!

Each color of Easy Glow radiates a different hue that adds so much more visual interest! This project almost reminds me of those light up shoes from the early 2000’s that I wanted oh so bad as a kid. Finally, thanks to Easy Glow, my childhood dreams have come true!

It’s Your Turn to Glow

This is just the tip of the iceberg for Easy Glow. There are SO many different textiles you can decorate for a wide variety of occasions: birthday parties, Halloween costumes, rave outfits… you name it! Check out the video below for a closer look at this lively material!

Easy Glow is available through our network of Authorized Distributors and Resellers. Don’t have one yet? Shoot us an email at info@siserna.com and we’ll hook you up!

With the power of Easy Glow in your hands, what will YOU create to light up the night? Let me know if the comments below!