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I offer mugs in my Etsy shop, but they previously were made with vinyl on the mugs. I recently switched to sublimation by purchasing the Cricut Mug Press, a new product from Cricut. The mug press costs $199, but I received a 10 percent discount on Cricut’s website because I am a Cricut Access member. I’m sharing my first experience using the mug press and a mistake I made that you should avoid.
In addition to the mug press, you’ll need mug blanks, which you can purchase from Cricut or any place that sells sublimation mugs. You can’t use just any mug; it must be suitable for sublimation. Next you will need the Infusible Ink products, which you can get at any craft store or Cricut. I bought my mugs from Joann Fabrics when they had a good sale. I recommend looking for sales when buying these to keep costs down, especially if you are using these for your small business.
I found a mug press project in Access and customized it for my needs. I wanted to do tropical leaves and to have text that said Plant Lady. The template had the shape of the mug so I knew where to put my design. I next mirrored my design — this is important. I used my Cricut Maker to cut the infusible ink transfer sheet, and then unloaded the material. To weed, you use your hands, not a weeding tool. This is because it’s more like paper than vinyl.
Once I was done with that I wrapped the design around the mug and made sure if was on correctly. You can use heat resistant tape to secure it. Then I heated up my Mug Press by turning it on. I inserted my mug and then pushed down the lever to start pressing. The lights on the top of the mug press show the progress. Once it is done, which I believe was several minutes, you can unload the mug carefully. The handle wasn’t hot, but the rest of the mug is. I carefully placed it on my Cricut heat press pad and waited for it to cool completely before peeling.
My mistake: You must make sure the press pad (green part) is completely covering your design or that part of your design won’t be heated on. Place of my my was fading near the handle because I made my design too big. Now that I have this practice round down I know what to do for next time. I’m excited to make new mugs!
Have you tried the Cricut Mug Press?