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  • How to Apply Heat Transfer Vinyl to Nylon, Neoprene, Wood, Canvas, and Metal

    Have you ever looked at some material or an item and asked yourself, “Can HTV be applied to this?” Well, I've spent the last couple years working with HTV and I've definitely asked myself that question many times! So, I thought I would share my experience with you!In this tutorial, we will discuss recommended temperatures, pressing times, and general tips for five non-cotton materials--nylon, neoprene, wood, canvas, and metal--that you've probably encountered and wanted to apply HTV to.*The home iron is an option to use when applying HTV to neoprene koozies and rounded surfaces such as metal cups. However, the temperature of a home iron is not easily regulated and is not consistent like the temperature of a heat press or EasyPress. I would NOT recommend using a home iron for the other materials discussed unless you're familiar with the temperature of your iron and know that it is consistent.I wanted to detail how to use five alternative materials that HTV can be applied to. This list is not exhaustive. There may be other materials out there that you might want to use. Also, in this post I don't address the standard materials, such as cotton or polyester blends because those are materials most often used with HTV. I wanted to focus on alternative materials that can be intimidating to crafters.

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    The items I use in this tutorial are a nylon drawstring bag, a neoprene koozie, a wood sign, a canvas tote, and a metal water bottle. In this post, I only create one example item for each of these materials, but the temperatures, times, and tips will apply to most items made from that material. Remember, no matter which material you are using, always start on the lowest recommended temperature and press for the shortest recommended time. You can always press with a higher temperature and for longer amount of time, but HTV can easily melt and ruin an item if it is too hot or pressed for too long.Once you have your item selected, cut your vinyl using the design software and cutting machine. For Rozzy Crafts’s matte HTV, cut it on the “Iron On” setting for Cricut users or for Silhouette users set your heat transfer vinyl wholesale suppliers to blade 2, speed 7, and thickness 5. For any machine, the cut should be mirrored. After you've cut the design, weed the excess vinyl, leaving only your design remaining on the carrier sheet.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by danielhowell View Post
      The items I use in this tutorial are a nylon drawstring bag, a neoprene koozie, a wood sign, a canvas tote, and a metal water bottle. In this post, I only create one example item for each of these materials, but the temperatures, times, and tips will apply to most items made from that material. Remember, no matter which material you are using, always start on the lowest recommended temperature and press for the shortest recommended time. You can always press with a higher temperature and for longer amount of time, but HTV can easily melt and ruin an item if it is too hot or pressed for too long.Once you have your item selected, cut your vinyl using the design software and cutting machine. For Rozzy Crafts’s matte HTV, cut it on the “Iron On” setting for Cricut users or for Silhouette users set your heat transfer vinyl wholesale suppliers to blade 2, speed 7, and thickness 5. For any machine, the cut should be mirrored. After you've cut the design, weed the excess vinyl, leaving only your design remaining on the carrier sheet.
      For many crafters (myself included) nylon is the most intimidating material to apply HTV to. It is a material made from plastic, therefore it can easily melt or become damaged. I recommend practicing on an inexpensive nylon item prior to using an expensive one. For this tutorial I applied HTV to a nylon drawstring bag. When using a bag, I recommend placing a towel or pressing pillow inside of the bag to prevent damage to the other side.
      Nylon Temperature – 275 degrees. This may seem like a low temperature for HTV, but with the sensitivity of nylon always start low and increase if necessary.Nylon Press Time – use three 5-second presses, allowing the nylon and vinyl to cool between presses. And then allow the vinyl to cool before removing the carrier sheet. If you are doing a single layer of vinyl, do a final press consisting of two 5-second presses. If you are doing multiple layers of vinyl, do each layer with two 5-second presses. Allow the vinyl and the nylon to cool before applying another layer. Once all layers are on, do a final press as noted above. Use a Teflon sheet or piece of parchment paper for all layers, including the first layer and final press.

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      • #4
        Nylon Tips – Be careful to not overheat nylon material, but also don't be scared to use it. There are so many fun items that are made from nylon that can be personalized with HTV. Just remember to do multiple presses at a low temperature for a small amount of time.Neoprene koozies are an inexpensive and versatile item to apply HTV to. They are great for weddings, birthday parties, and any other event where you need a small gift for a large number of people. The one downside is they are heat sensitive and can burn if you are not careful with the temperature and time when pressing.Neoprene Koozie Temperature – 275 degrees. Use a Teflon sheet or piece of parchment paper for all layers including the first layer and final press. Koozies tend to stick to the press when pulled up, so using a Teflon sheet or parchment paper will prevent this issue. A home iron can be used for koozies when set to medium temperature. Use a Teflon sheet or piece of parchment paper just like with a press.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by johnpketchum12 View Post
          Nylon Tips – Be careful to not overheat nylon material, but also don't be scared to use it. There are so many fun items that are made from nylon that can be personalized with HTV. Just remember to do multiple presses at a low temperature for a small amount of time.Neoprene koozies are an inexpensive and versatile item to apply HTV to. They are great for weddings, birthday parties, and any other event where you need a small gift for a large number of people. The one downside is they are heat sensitive and can burn if you are not careful with the temperature and time when pressing.Neoprene Koozie Temperature – 275 degrees. Use a Teflon sheet or piece of parchment paper for all layers including the first layer and final press. Koozies tend to stick to the press when pulled up, so using a Teflon sheet or parchment paper will prevent this issue. A home iron can be used for koozies when set to medium temperature. Use a Teflon sheet or piece of parchment paper just like with a press.
          Neoprene Koozie Press Time – Press using a heat press or iron for NO MORE than 10 seconds. Allow your vinyl to cool completely prior to removing the carrier sheet. Regardless of the vinyl being cold or hot peel, the vinyl and the koozie should be cooled completely between layers and pressings to prevent overheating.Neoprene Koozie Tips – Much like nylon, the neoprene can be heat sensitive. It will not melt like nylon will, but it will scorch and become distorted. This will cause your vinyl to shrink or distort as well. It’s better to press for too short and need extra presses than to press for too long.Farmhouse and antique decorations are all the rage these days. Applying HTV to wood can go great with any home décor, especially farmhouse and antique styled homes. Buying these wood signs can be expensive and impersonal. Applying HTV yourself can give you an extra special decoration for your home.Wood Tips – Sand the surface prior to pressing, especially if there's any paint or varnish on the wood. The vinyl will adhere to the paint or varnish, not the wood itself and then just peel up when removing the carrier sheet. If you want to have a painted look, you can sand just where the vinyl will be applied and then leave paint on the remaining parts of the surface. If you want to have a varnished look, first apply the HTV to a clean surface and then varnish over the top. You can apply stain prior to applying HTV, it should not affect the adherence. Allow the stain to dry completely prior to applying the HTV. Just like with cotton, pre-press the surface to remove any moisture that could adversely affect your HTV adhering.

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          • #6
            Using heat transfer vinyl on paint canvases has become quite popular, but there are many other items that are made out of canvas material such as bags and storage totes that HTV can be applied to as well. I love using HTV to put labels on canvas storage totes throughout our home, especially for storing all my crafts.Canvas Press Time – 15 seconds, allow vinyl to cool completely, then remove carrier sheet. If doing a single layer design, do a final press for 15 seconds with a Teflon sheet or piece of parchment paper. If doing multiple layers, apply each layer with 10-second press times and use a Teflon sheet or piece of parchment paper, then do the final press as detailed above.
            Canvas Tips – Check the vinyl after the final press for the texture of the canvas showing through. This is a sign that your HTV has completely adhered to the canvas.There are obviously many items made out of metal that HTV can be applied to. My favorite metal items to apply HTV to are metal cups and water bottles. It seems like most everyone has a metal cup or water bottle to keep their drinks ice-cold or piping-hot all day long. They come in a variety of colors and you can personalize the cups or bottles easily using HTV.

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            • #7
              Many wooden pieces of furniture are heat-sensitive. Spray paints normally make them conductive in nature. But, still, there are many safe methods to make them less conductive. Applying HTV is one of them. White corer wardrobe by HomeDone UK is very suitable and less conductive in nature. Although it is made of oak wood and painted white, they did complete HTV application on all of their collection.

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                • #9
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