Adhesive vinyl is something that you can put on almost everything that has smooth and nicely finished surfaces. One of the keys to a successful adhesive vinyl project is having a clean and smooth final substrate. And MUGS are one of the examples; it's a final substrate where you can easily apply vinyl. Even if you are just a beginner, I'm sure you can perfectly accomplish adhesive-on-mugs projects!
But, there are two factors that we have to consider first before we apply the vinyl to our mugs. It's pretty important not to disregard these factors for you to have an excellent final product!
2 Factors to Consider Before Crafting
- In choosing the design (Size, Thickness, etc.)
In deciding on what design to choose, we need to consider a few factors: the size, its thickness/thinness, and the design details. For the sizing of the design, it's essential to make your design not too big for the mug to handle. The smaller your design, the easier it is to apply. If the design is too big for our mug, there's a tendency that it will be crumpled or wrinkled.
It is also better to choose a font style that is thick and not too thin. When we use font styles that are thicker/fatter, the application process will be a lot easier. Slimmer font styles are a bit difficult to apply because of the delicate and thin "swirly" lines. These delicate lines are easier to tear apart even before applying them to the final substrate. But if you've decided to use a thinner font style, it's totally fine! We just have to be really careful when handling the design to prevent it from breaking apart.
And the last thing we have to consider in our design is the teeny tiny details it may contain. For example, the dots at the top of the small I's, these little details can be easy to lose when applying the vinyl. So we have to keep an eye on them. We have to check if they are still present from time to time.
- In Choosing the Mugs
When choosing the mugs, the straighter the mugs, the easier the process of application will be. There are different types of mugs, and we want to choose the pretty straight and the straight ones. Straight mugs are the ones that are perfect when you are applying vinyl to them; it's easier to apply because it doesn't contain any curve to it.
Some mugs are pretty straight at the top, but it slightly narrows down at the bottom. This type of mug can also be perfect for vinyl application but not as perfect as the straighter ones.
And then there are the tapered mugs. Tapered mugs are the mugs that narrow a lot down at the bottom. These types of mugs aren't ideal for vinyl application but not impossible. It's just harder and confusing to work with compared to the other mugs but totally possible. When we use tapered mugs, we have to work on our design on the more narrowed part of the mug to avoid crinkling on the design.
And now that we know the two factors to consider, let's go ahead and do this Vinyl on Mugs Project!
Step 1: Prepare the Design
We can prepare our design with any software/application we have or where we are most comfortable using. We have to make sure that we've correctly taken the right measurements, and then we'll adjust the size of our design according to the measurements we've taken earlier. It's vital to have the right size for our design; this will help us avoid any wrinkles on our final product.
Step 2: Prepare the Final Substrate (Mug)
In this step, we'll have to prepare our mug by cleaning it thoroughly. We'll wash it like how we usually wash it, with soap and water. Rinse it well, and then let it dry until all of the moisture is out. When drying it out, we can use paper towels, but it's best to let it air dry to prevent tiny fibers from going in our now cleaned substrate. When it's all dried out, we'll clean it one more time with cotton and rubbing alcohol. Rubbing alcohol can help us remove any remaining dust and oil from our mug. When it is all cleaned, we have to be careful and try not to touch the area where we will apply the vinyl to prevent it from collecting oils again. Our fingers contain oils, and they can be transferred into the mugs.
Step 3: Cut, Weed, and Apply Transfer Tape
Check the settings and make sure that the suitable material is in. And then send it to cut. Weed out the unnecessary parts of the design. The design should look like how it's supposed to be after weeding all the unnecessary details out. And then, apply the transfer tape, scrape the design onto the transfer tape to make sure that it is properly transferred onto the transfer tape.
Step 4: Apply the Vinyl onto the Mug
This part is the most crucial part of the process; we'll take our time when doing this step. Tear and remove half of the paper backing, either from the left side or top part of the design, carefully stick it onto the mug, and scrape it using the application tool. And then carefully remove the other part of the paper backing and then burnish it.
Make sure to scrape all of the areas of the design and then carefully remove the transfer tape. This application method wherein we tear off half of the paper backing, stick it into the final substrate, and then remove the other half of the paper backing and then burnish one more time is called the hinge method. This method is perfect for a project that includes non-flat surfaces like mugs and big designs like wall decals.
Step 5: Curing
After successfully transferring the design to the final substrate, we let it cure for 24-48 hours. Curing is a step wherein we allow the project to rest without doing anything to it for at least 24-48 hours. This will help the vinyl to activate and adhere to the mugs fully.
Note: we don't recommend using a dishwasher in washing the mugs with vinyl on. There's a chance that the heat from the dishwasher might peel the vinyl off of the mugs. That's why as much as possible, handwash the mugs to prevent the design from getting ruined.
And that's it! We're done! Applying adhesive vinyl on mugs is an easy and simple task! Don't be afraid to try it, and it'll be worth it! If you do try it, we'll be delighted to see it, you may send it to us thru private messages on our social media accounts, and we'll showcase it on our feed!
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