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This Volcano heat press from US Cutter will blow your mind!

Volcano heat press from US Cutter, traditional clamshell with added mug press functionality.

Space is a common compromise when selecting a heat press – that and the choice of items that you are planning to make for yourself or your business.? Many adopt a clamshell heat press as it requires less space than a swing away or multifunction press.? The problem is that sometimes compromise sells us short and ends up limiting the things we want to create.? US Cutter has gone some way to reducing the problem here with their Volcano Heat Press.

USCutter New 15″ x 15″ Volcano Digital Clamshell Heat Press with Optional Mug Press Attachment

VOLCANO Clamshell Heat Press w/optional mug press attachment
Large bright digital LCD display with quality electronics
Heavy-duty rigid steel frame and aluminum body

Price: $299.99

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The Volcano heat press is like a traditional 15″x15″ heat press BUT it has the added bonus of being able to function with a mug press attachment.? The Volcano has an additional hookup port on the side that allows you to attach an (optional) mug press attachment.

The mug press attachment is available only directly from US Cutter here for $79.99

 

 

 

 

 

  • Plugs right into your Volcano heat press for use when you need it.
  • Works with 10oz – 15oz straight mug sublimation blanks 75mm to 87mm in diameter!
  • Fully digital temperature control
  • Automatic digital timer
  • Easy pressure adjustment
  • Solid steel welded framework
  • Soft heater liner for accommodating inconsistent mugs
  • Temperature readout accuracy +-1C
  • User selectable end-of-cycle alarms

Works with the following mugs:

  • 11oz. White Sublimation Mug
  • 11oz. Sublimatable Inner Colored Coated Mugs
  • 15oz. White Sublimation Mug (Coffee Cup)
  • 10oz Stainless Steel Camp Mug, White Enamel Dye Sublimation Blank
  • 17oz Stainless Steel Travel Mug Dye Sublimation Blank
  • 16oz Frosted Glass Beer Mug Dye Sublimation Blank
  • 20oz Clear Glass Beer Mug Dye Sublimation Blank

The Volcano heat press comes with:

  • Quick-start guide inside pocket featuring settings information for commonly used heat transfer materials.
  • Comprehensive, easy-to-understand operations manual.
  • Large bright digital LCD display with quality electronics for setting alarm timer and temperature.
  • Arrives fully assembled.
  • Heavy-duty rigid steel frame and aluminum body.
  • Lifetime support.

 

 

 

Given the additional flexibility, price, support and build quality we have to move this to the top of the list as our recommended heat press!? Check out our other recommendations here!

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Cricut EasyPress Siser Heat Transfer Vinyl – Time and temps

Cricut Easy Press

Cricut EasyPress users frequently ask what settings should I use to apply Siser?Heat Transfer Vinyl to my project, can I use Siser?HTV?

The answer is YES – the Cricut EasyPress will work with any heat transfer vinyl product BUT the application and temperature may differ from the manufacturer’s recommendations for a regular heat press.

Applying HTV with an iron ?When you press with an iron you press onto a hard surface like a tile or cookie sheet maximizing the amount of pressure with as much downward force as you can muster.

 

 

 

Etekcity IR ThermometerTemperature, unless you have a IR thermometer is purely trial and error – higher is not always better and could lead to melting.? Time is guesswork and you’re looking to see if and when the vinyl has bonded well with your garment/project.? Repeated pressing over different areas can lead to overheating or inconsistent results.

 

 

 

 

Powerpress Heat pressWith a heat press it’s pretty simple, dial in your temp and time, maybe adjust your pressure, lay your garment and press!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cricut EasyPressThe Cricut EasyPress is a mixture of both techniques.? Cricut has not released their pressing mat yet and it is recommended to use something like a towel as a pressing?surface under your project (differing from the basic iron method)? Some have recommended using rubber mats like heat presses have – you can get them online via Amazon:

RUSPEPA 12″ ×15″ Silicone Pad, Flat Heat Press Replacement(Red)

Size: 12" x 15" (30.3x38.5cm) Thickness: 0.295" (0.75cm) Weight: 1.41Lb(0.64kg)/piece
Silicone Pad: Silicone foam board
The Replacement Silicon Pad provides proper heat condiction to ensure high quality prints in every heat press application

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With regards to temperatures, based on speaking with Siser?NA, they recommend using 340 degrees and using the firmness/pressure based on their published application guide.

 

Siser?has a blog post that covers using the Cricut EasyPress for applying HTV on one of their project blog posts here:

How to Cut Siser? Heat Transfer Vinyl with the Sizzix? Big Kick? and Apply HTV with the Cricut??EasyPress

You can get a Cricut?EasyPress, IR Thermometer, pressing mat here and check out our recommendations for heat presses right here if interested.? It is recommended that you use an IR thermometer to calibrate your heat press temperature as well as to test your iron settings to get the optimum temperature.

Cricut EasyPress

Pro-level performance and home-friendly design
the big handle, Safety Base, and auto shutoff feature keep things safe every step of the way
The evenly heated plate adheres your iron?on in 60 seconds or less

Price: $149.99 $128.95

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RUSPEPA 12″ ×15″ Silicone Pad, Flat Heat Press Replacement(Red)

Size: 12" x 15" (30.3x38.5cm) Thickness: 0.295" (0.75cm) Weight: 1.41Lb(0.64kg)/piece
Silicone Pad: Silicone foam board
The Replacement Silicon Pad provides proper heat condiction to ensure high quality prints in every heat press application

Price:

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We also welcome your comments and shared experiences with your Cricut EasyPress and or Heat Press below.

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Siser EasyPSV (Pressure Sensitive Vinyl) coming in January 2018

Siser Easyweed

Siser?announced a new product line,?Siser?EasyPSV which stands for Pressure Sensitive Vinyl.

This will be a direct competitor to Oracal?651/631 products.

They will be offering both permanent (gloss for now) and removable?(matte) vinyl options in colors, glitter, glow in the dark, etched glass and chalkboard varieties.

Siser?will also have their own transfer?tape with a medium tack alongside their new Siser?EasyPSV vinyl products.

Pricing is to be inline with what you would expect in the market i.e. look for pricing around current?Oracal?631/651 costs

Siser?EasyPSV will ship in 12-inch sheets as well as rolls.

Check the video here for more information

Look out for this new release in January 2018!!!

Check out Siser?North America at SiserNA.com for more information as it is released!

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Cricut EasyPress vs Heat Press

Cricut Easy Press vs Heat Press

Cricut EasyPress / EasyPress 2 vs Heat press is a commonly asked question.

With Christmas around the corner (see our significant others ideas post!) you may be deciding on what kind of press you want to put on your Christmas list, either that or maybe you’re just looking for the best investment right now to start working on heat transfer vinyl, HTV, products.

Cricut EasyPress 2

Let’s take a look at the differentiators between the Cricut EasyPress, EasyPress 2 vs heat press.

Cricut EasyPress 2Cricut has released the new EasyPress 2 models.? They differ from the original EasyPress below in that there are now 3 sizes as well as faster heat up times, higher temperature options and a new raspberry finish vs the existing coral design.

6? x 7? which will sell at $139.99

9? x 9? which will sell at $179.99

12? x 10? which will sell at $249.99

 

Cricut EasyPress – $149

Cricut Easy Press

 

The Easy Press is a 9″ by 9″ square device.? It is designed with a special heating element that even distributes heat across the non-stick heat plate.? Pitched somewhere between an iron and or heat press replacement the Easy Press offers a number of advantages over both!

 

 

 

Irons are not designed for even, controlled temperature distribution needed for applying heat transfer vinyl.? See the image below from Cricut that?shows the distribution of heat across both an iron and EasyPress.

The EasyPress comes with a heat protective stand allowing you to store your press while working without damaging your work surface.? The EasyPress comes to temperature faster than a regular heat press and the temperature can be controlled via the digital controls on top of the device.

Cricut Easy Press

 

Heat Transfer Vinyl, HTV, is known to require pressure as well as heat to adhere the vinyl to the target garment/surface.? To this end, the Cricut EasyPress has a large plastic handle on top of the device enabling you to push down on the unit to apply sufficient pressure to adhere the vinyl to the surface.? It has been raised many times as a concern that the EasyPress cannot apply sufficient?pressure to successfully bond HTV to items but Cricut maintains that only some pressure is required to achieve a good long lasting result.

Cricut Pros like Lorrie Nunemaker here are?running long-standing?wash tests (up to 52 washes last count!) and their Easy Pressed heat transfer vinyl, both?Siser?and Cricut products See here for the Facebook post and video here

Others have reported mixed results with peeling designs and missing letters after washing so there seems to be mixed feedback on the usage.? It’s very common for peeling to occur with people using irons, less commonly reported with people who use presses though – but not unheard of!

Iron-On Protective Sheet

Cricut offers an iron-on protective sheet for use with the EasyPress for just $6.99, this goes between your item and the heat plate to protect and also help provide even heat distribution.

This is the same as the teflon?sheets commonly used by heat press users.

You can now also get the Cricut pressing mats (different sizes to match the presses here)

 

 

The EasyPress 2 and EasyPress are available directly from the Cricut store here or if you’re a Prime member you can grab it via Amazon, Walmart also has it available for pickup or mail order too!

 

Cricut EasyPress

Pro-level performance and home-friendly design
the big handle, Safety Base, and auto shutoff feature keep things safe every step of the way
The evenly heated plate adheres your iron?on in 60 seconds or less

Price: $149.99 $128.95

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Also, consider getting a pressing mat to put your garment and design on so you can press onto a firm heatproof surface

RUSPEPA 12″ ×15″ Silicone Pad, Flat Heat Press Replacement(Red)

Size: 12" x 15" (30.3x38.5cm) Thickness: 0.295" (0.75cm) Weight: 1.41Lb(0.64kg)/piece
Silicone Pad: Silicone foam board
The Replacement Silicon Pad provides proper heat condiction to ensure high quality prints in every heat press application

Price:

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Heat Press – from $159

We’ve covered the multitude of press choices here in Heat Press 101 and have some awesome recommendations here for best Clamshell heat press – we’ll only compare here the clamshells as the closest functionally to the Cricut Easy Press vs multifunction presses that can be used for other items like cups, hats, plates and more.

 

 

 

USCutter 15″x15″ Digital Heat Press Machine, T-Shirts, Vinyl, Non Stick Sheet (Starter Bundle)

Includes: Digital Heat Press, 2 Tshirts, 5 Sheets Siser EasyWeed Vinyl, Non-stick Sheet
Large Digital LCD Display - Preset desired time and temperature control for precise operation
Heavy Duty - stable and supported by rigid steel frame which is built to last

Price: $298.00

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Fancierstudio DG Heat Press Digital Sublimation T-Shirt Heat Press,15-by-15-Inch – Black

Teflon Coated Heat Platen Brand new
Voltage:110V Power:1800 W
Electronic time and Heat control: precise time set-up

Price: $174.99

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Fancierstudio Power Heat press Digital Heat Press 15 x 15 Sublimation Heat Press Rhinestone Heat Press T-Shirt Heat Press 15×15 B/BLK

Brand new 15-by-15-inch heat press sheet included
Voltage: 110 volts; Power: 1800 watts
Temperature Range: 0-699 degrees F; Time Range:0-999 s

Price: $209.99 $179.99

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3 Pack Teflon Sheet For 16×20 Heat Press Transfer Sheet SUPER SALE LIMITED TIME 20 Pack

Perfect for Heat Presses
Superior American Quality
Shipped in Mailing Tube

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Cricut Easy Press vs Heat Press

Easy Press Pros

  • Faster to heat up
  • Compact design
  • Portability and storage
  • Price
  • Auto heat shutoff
  • Cricut customer support
  • User Manual

Easy Press Cons

  • Pressure applied is inconsistent, uneven
  • Requires a hard surface able to be pressed on with some pressure
  • Inconsistent feedback with regards to peeling, good adhesion
  • Small 9″ x 9″ heat plate – larger designs require multiple pressings

Heat Press Pros

  • Heavy duty design, longevity
  • Pressure applied is consistent and even across item
  • Does not require human intervention to apply pressure
  • Larger heat plate 15″x15″ or larger catering for bigger designs without pressing multiple areas
  • For larger jobs less intervention required in the process, Close press, timer alerts when to open again

Heat Press Cons

  • Slightly more expensive
  • Returns shipping outside of warranty expensive due to size/weight
  • Size & weight, heat presses are not portable and require dedicated space
  • Cheapest heat presses can be unreliable, go with reviewed products, warranty options
  • User manuals scarce, not very detailed
  • Support limited or non-existent depending on vendor

Conclusion -?Cricut Easy Press vs Heat Press

Both are great options!

The deciding factors have to be simply:

  • Your environment – what do you have room for, portability/storage
  • Your usage – personal, limited use vs regular use
    • client orders
    • multiples of items
    • size of designs
  • Longevity of your work – mixed reviews and returns of Easy Presses due to adhesion issues

 

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Tee Square It – T-Shirt Alignment & Sizing

Tee Square It – the answer to the most common question – t-shirt alignment & sizing – how big should I make my design for a T-Shirt and where/how should I position the design?

Using the Tee Square It and these handy guides, you can accurately?size and position your awesome designs!

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Tee Square It sizing and placement t-shirts onesies

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Here is how the Tee Square It works!

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Oracal 751, dishwasher hardy, 8+ years outdoor use

Oracal 751 Glossy Vinyl Roll - Azure BlueOracal?751 Adhesive Vinyl!

For those creating custom tumblers, cutting boards, mugs and signs now’s the time to whip out that credit card and get you some Oracal 751.? Oracal?751 is a higher rated cast vinyl that is thinner and more pliable than our favorite Oracal?651.

Oracal?751 uses the same adhesive as 651 so it is not accurate to say that it’s stronger but the thinner vinyl lays better onto surfaces and reduces further the risk of any peeling or rubbing.? While it is not rated dishwasher safe it is designed for harsher environments (8 year outdoor use) we think it will last longer and withstand more top shelf washing that 651 will.

Get some and test it time and time again yourself to feel comfortable with selling this as top shelf ‘safe’ dishwasher vinyl.

Check out all colors of Oracal 751 here, order by the roll or by the sheet – it’s on offer now and sign up for the newsletter and get an additional 10% off!!

Up your design game now and get some professional grade vinyl for your adhesive designs!

For some more information on Oracal?751 you can check their documentation here.

Silhouette School has also featured 751 and its washability over time in a great article over here.? Noteworthy that glass did not work as a suitable surface for dishwashing!

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Silhouette Cameo Bundle – $269.99

Silhouette Cameo bundle

Silhouette Cameo bundleIf you are looking to start with a Silhouette Cameo bundle then this is the one for you!

Swing Design is offering a huge discount on what has to be the best value Silhouette Cameo bundle around.

This bundle offers the best in supplies with both?Oracal adhesive vinyl and Siser Easyweed heat transfer vinyl. ?It also comes with online lessons, tools, access to designs and $25 to use in the Silhouette Design Store.

 

 

Hands down this is the best value bundle right now at just $269.99 – get yours here.

Bundle Includes:

  • Silhouette Cameo 3 with Bluetooth and Touchscreen – 1 Year Warranty
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Autoblade – Auto Adjusts Blade to Match Cut Job Material
  • 12 Inch x 12 Inch Cutting Mat
  • 12 Assorted Sheets of Oracal 651 Permanent Vinyl – 12 Inch x 12 Inch Each
  • 12 Assorted Sheets of Siser Easyweed Heat Transfer Top Colors 12 Inch x 15 Inch Each
  • Transfer Paper Sheet
  • Heat Transfer Guide by Silhouette School
  • Vinyl Guide – By Silhouette School
  • Hook Tool or Spatula Tool
  • Scraper
  • Online Beginner Class
  • 100 Exclusive Designs?
  • 1 Month to Silhouette U
  • 1 Month to Club Silhouette
  • Exclusive Access to Art Files by Silhouette School
  • 1 Month to Silhouette’s Design Store
  • $25 Dollars in Downloads from Silhouette’s Design Store – Code Sent During Registration?
  • Studio Software for Windows 7 or higher and Mac OS X 10.5.8 and higher
  • Vinyl Trimmer
  • Ratchet Adjustment Tool
  • USB Cord
  • Power Cord 110v-240v

Order this Silhouette Cameo bundle now via Swing Design as the best introduction to Silhouette crafting, all tools, materials and lessons are included to get you up and running out of the box! ?The bundle is discounted from $379.99 down to $269 – as described it is the ULTIMATE Silhouette Cameo bundle!

The Silhouette Cameo 3 works with both Windows and Apple computers and the Design Studio software comes included in the box. ?If you want to get designing and using the plethora of free designs that are available online as Scalable Vector Images (SVG) files then look into upgrading your Design Studio software to Designer Edition.

 

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Siser Easyweed Adhesive

Siser Easyweed Adhesive

Check out Siser’s?Easyweed Adhesive vinyl!

Have you ever wondered how people make those foil designs on T-shirts? ?Wonder no more!

Simply create your design as normal and cut like you normally would for HTV – MIRROR and shiny side DOWN!

 

Weeding the cavities in EasyWeed Adhesive HTVWeed your design – place on a dark surface as weeding this vinyl is a little more tricky to see.

Place your design down on your garment after a quick press to flatten and remove any moisture – shiny side UP!

 

 

 

 

Heat applied EasyWeed Adhesive HTV

Press at the required 275?F/135?C, pressure medium for around 5 seconds and then hot peel the carrier sheet.

 

 

 

 

Next, lay down your screen print foil over your design – color side UP!

Place screen printing foil over EasyWeed Adhesive HTV

Cover with a teflon sheet and press for 10 seconds.

Wait for the foil to be cool enough to touch and then peel – voila, you have an awesome shiny foil design!

Peeling the screen print foil cold

 

 

 

 

 

 

For complete step by step instructions and more information on Siser Easyweed Adhesive check out the Siser?North America website here

You can order Siser Easyweed Adhesive Vinyl here!

SISER EASYWEED ADHESIVE 12″ X 1 YARD Roll (11.8″ actual size)

EasyWeedTM Adhesive 12" Roll (11.8" actual size)
You are purchasing One yard Easyweed Adhesive
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Price: $10.50

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Rose Gold Vinyl Everything!

Rose Gold Vinyl

Rose Gold VinylEveryone is looking out for Rose Gold vinyl!

Here are some of the best deals we have found for Rose Gold, check out our friends at HappyCrafters:

Rose Gold Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl

Rose Gold Foil Heat Transfer Vinyl

Sign up for their Newsletter and coupons to get additional weekly savings!

If you want to go large, Amazon offers rolls – Rose Gold Heat Transfer Vinyl by the?roll -?3′ Roll, 20″ x 36″ Roll, (1yard)

 

Update: Swing Designs also now has a Siser?HTV and Oracal pack for Rose Gold fans – see here!

 

 

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Cricut Easy Press launches August 20th $149

Cricut Easy Press

Cricut Easy Press Cricut has announced the Cricut Easy Press, to be launched on August 20th and later featured on HSN in October. ?Essentially the Cricut Easy Press is a 9″x9″ heat plate with a large handle on top, complete with a tray for the hot press to sit in when not being used. ?The main features of the Easy Press are touted as:

? Easy to learn, simple to use
? No press cloth needed for most base materials
? Adjustable heat up to 360? (180 C)
? Intricate transfers stick after repeated washes
? Great for large or layered iron-on projects
? Lightweight, portable, easy to store
? Compatible with major brands of heat-transfer material

 

The idea is that this is the heat press for the occasional crafter who wants to apply HTV to projects. ?Targetted at less frequent users and people who have no space to house a regular heat press, the Cricut Easy Press could well take off as a popular product.

Cricut Easy PressThe main concern with the Cricut Easy Press has been that it is well known that pressure is required to bond HTV (Heat Transfer Vinyl) to your item. ?People who use irons use tremendous pressure to apply HTV in the absence of a heat press. ?Cricut has shown videos for applying vinyl, complete with shirts that have done multiple wash cycles to test the longevity of the HTV. ?So far so good according to Cricut. ?The crafting and pressing community remain skeptical! ?The Cricut Easy Press has a unique heat plate that provides a uniform temperature across the 9″x9″ press. ?See the image below that compares the Easy Press to a regular iron for temperature distribution.

What are your thoughts? ?Are you dead set on buying a Cricut Easy Press or are you on the fence and still looking at a regular heat press to ensure better results? ?For the $149 price tag you can get a regular clamshell heat press

Let us know in the Comments and on Facebook – Like our page and jump into the discussion!

 

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