I decided to post a quick photo gallery of the making of my Whee! Design CMYK beanie hat. Now that Iâ€™ve got the dye sublimation printer back up and running, I thought this would be a fun project. I like the quality and color of the new Cobra inks.
Hereâ€™s the original design straight from Adobe Photoshop. I tend to use Photoshop more than Illustrator because I feel I have greater control of the results. THough I am using Illustrator more nd more as time goes on.
Both sides of the beanie are printed on the same sheet of 13in x 19in TexPrintXP-HR paper using dye sublimation ink on an Epson Workforce 1100 inkjet printer.
The final print is dry and ready for pressing. Note that itâ€™s printed in reverse so when itâ€™s transferred, the text is readable.
The blank beanies are completely white and have a 1 inch band around the bottom.
I found it much easier to press the beanies when they are theaded on these DIY cardboard inserts. I can easily turn the edges slightly toward the side Iâ€™m pressing so there is no white line along the seam.
When Iâ€™m pressing at the studio, I use my Hotronix Fusion press from Stahls. Itâ€™s got a 16in x 20in platen and is perfect for everything from dog tags to tshirts. The settings I use for the beanies are 390Â°F for 50 seconds and 0 pressure (just let the weight of the platen do the work).
Always put a protective paper sheet under and over the item to be pressed. Keep it clean!
Iâ€™ve got the bottom protective sheet, my beanie, and the printed design in the press. Just need to put the top cover sheet on and itâ€™s ready to go!
After 50 seconds of pressing, open the press and quickly pull the top cover paper and the design off the beanie. Flip it and repeat!
Hereâ€™s the finished product! Actually, this is the BACK of the finished product. I only took pictures of this side while I was pressing it.
Hereâ€™s the front of the finished beanie with my stylized CMKY Whee! Design logo graphic.
And then thereâ€™s me being all nice and toasty in my stylinâ€™ new beanie skull cap.
So there it is! These beanies are a fun and easy way to customize your winter or fall style.
Hereâ€™s some links to some of the products I use: