Let’s talk about personalizing coffee mugs. I was all excited to try some heat transfer ink pens that I got on Amazon with my mug press. I tried them with regular copy paper (per the directions on the packaging) and with some sublimation paper I had samples of. Neither one worked so I am going to have to go back to the drawing board on the pens.
Then I did a search for information on using iron on vinyl on coffee mugs, since I had plenty of iron vinyl in the house. I found several people that had tried it, and it worked so I thought what the heck, it can’t go any worse than the heat transfer ink pens I used.
Here is what I really liked about using the iron on vinyl for the mugs . . .
- You don’t have to have perfect coloring skills, like you need with the ink pens
- You don’t need heat resistant tape to stick and hold the design on the mug since the carrier sheet for the iron on vinyl is already sticky
I cut the image with my Cricut on the iron on setting.
I used my PlanetFlame mug press which can be found at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07J4FKV5R/
I pressed it at 360 degrees for 190 seconds. Remember to use a towel or hot pad when you remove the mug from the press. It will be hot!
One I took it out of the press, I let it cool completely before removing the carrier sheet. The slight purple bleed that you see under the image is left over from my attempt at the heat transfer inks.
I would hand wash a mug with iron on vinyl on it, because the heat of the dishwasher could re-activate the vinyl. This is also why I recommend air drying shirts with iron on vinyl on them.
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