PRE-WASHING: Pre-wash using detergent (no liquid fabric softener). Wash
T-shirts once, sweatshirts twice, denim, dress shirts, and anything starchy
feeling at least 5 times. You dont have to dry your garment each time, but do
use detergent each time. The sizing may have a reaction with the Mylar Sticky
Design Paper that the designs are made on, could cause scorching and will
prevent the glue from locking on to the fabric. You must get all the sizing out
of the garment so the design will be durable.
PREPARATION: Check your iron to see if it has an automatic shut off. This
usually cuts off before the 30 seconds it takes to get the glue liquid. You may
want to purchase an inexpensive iron that does not have this automatic shut off
to use for crafts.
Sticky Design Paper (called "sticky paper" hereafter) may leave a
residue on certain fabrics, so trim the design leaving 1/4 around design
edges. Test your iron to be sure
it is as hot as possible but not too hot! Set your iron temperature on high, usually the cotton/linen
setting, NO STEAM. Select a small piece (about 3x3) of the sticky
paper trimmings (without metals/facets/crystals) from your design and peel the
backing off. Place the clear sticky paper trimming on the ironing board, sticky
side down. Place your Teflon sheet over the sticky paper and press with your
iron for 30 seconds. If the clear sticky paper looks the same after ironing for
30 seconds, then the iron is at the correct temperature. If the paper is
bubbled or shrinks, it is too hot! Turn
the iron down slightly, select a new piece of sticky paper and try again. Once
you have acquired the proper iron setting you are ready to proceed.
fabric. Place the Teflon Sheet on an
unnoticeable area and press for 30 seconds. Make sure your fabric can withstand
the heat and not leave an iron mark. Smooth velvet, acrylic or silk sweaters,
and some rayon fabrics may show an iron mark.
DESIGN: Place a plain white piece of paper
between the front and back of your pre-washed garment so you will not glue your
garment together. Remove backing from design. You will NOT use
this backing paper again in the ironing process. Re-align any metals/facets/crystals that may have moved. Place
design with sticky side down on fabric. If not in desired position, lift and
reposition. Do not drag design. A
firm ironing surface is necessary. Your household ironing board is too pliable,
use a table top ironing board or a bread board with a bath towel on it.
Place the protective Teflon Sheet over the design. With your iron set on the
proper temperature, FIRMLY PRESS DOWN IRON, (DO NOT MOVE IRON) for 30
seconds, THEN slowly move iron forward 1 and back (just once) and lift.
This helps to ensure that any small metals/facets/crystals under the holes will get
pressure. Firm pressure is the
key to durability.
STEP DESIGNS: When you have
small metals/facets/crystals next to larger ones-think of the larger
metals/facets/crystals as the "mountains" and the smaller ones as the
"valleys". Your iron cannot get pressure into the valley because the
mountains will hold the iron above the valley. Apply the design as above but
immediately after you remove the iron, place a potholder where the iron was and
apply pressure with your fingers on the small metals/facets/crystals in the
"valleys" while the glue is still hot and liquid. Move to next section and repeat process
until entire design has been pressed. LET COOL COMPLETELY. Slowly peel
back sticky paper. If any metals/facets/crystals lift with the paper, replace paper
and Teflon and press that area once again. If any metals/facets/crystals do not
stick this time, you will have to replace those metals/facets/crystals with new
When properly applied, designs are
machine washable and dryable. Be sure to turn your garment inside out before
washing. DO NOT USE BLEACH, WOOLITE or
YOUR OWN DESIGN:
First create your pattern. Either draw, copy from a coloring book or
stained glass book (simple designs without any shading are easiest) or type the
words you want to create on the computer in a font you like and a size you want
the finished design to be. Be sure to reverse or make a mirror image of
the design or word and print it to be used as a pattern. Then remove backing from the sticky paper
& place sticky side up, under the clip on a
clipboard. Slide the pattern to be duplicated underneath the sticky
paper. Using tweezers, place the metals/facets/crystals, glue side
up on the sticky paper to duplicate your pattern. When your design is completed, replace the backing to the sticky
side of the paper. You will apply this
custom design just as you would a pre-made design.
ADDING CRYSTALS: You can add metals/facets/crystals
directly into your design. Place them
glue side up on the sticky side of the paper before you iron the design
the Teflon Sheet directly on the metals/facets/crystals. Teflon will not absorb anything. Any glue that might ooze out from the edges
of the metals/facets/crystals will make a mess. Always have a layer of sticky paper on top of
metals/facets/crystals. This holds them
in place so you may move forward 1 & back to ensure that you have firm
pressure on all metals/facets/crystals.
*If you do not
have enough sticky paper to cover the entire design, you may place a piece of
lint-free fabric on top of the metals/facets/crystals that are showing (to
absorb the excess glue that may ooze out), then your Teflon & press for 30
seconds. Do not move iron forward and
back in this area. Instead lift iron,
& replace in slightly different area so all metals/facets/crystals will get
welting may keep the iron from pressing the design firmly to the fabric. Avoid them!
*These metals/facets/crystals will not stick to non-porous surfaces such
as glass, metal, or leather. *Your
sticky paper can usually be used twice.
PRESS OPTION: 30 seconds at 350
Given the wide variety of textiles
& machinery available, we cannot
take responsibility or guarantee the application of transfers.