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Try This: Sublimate Shot Glasses

Perfect for every promotion and special occasion-sublimated shot glasses are sure to give your customers cause for celebration. 

Whether it’s a birthday, holiday, or party, these sublimated shot glasses are great for every occasion and celebration. (Image 1)

Custom drinkware is also perfect for bars or other establishments to strengthen their brand and promote their business, product, or special event.

This guide will walk you through how to sublimate both glass and ceramic substrates using various types of heat press equipment.

Materials Needed

  • 1.5- or 3-ounce glass or ceramic shot glasses
  • Fitted or adjustable silicone sublimation wrap
  • Mug heat press with shot glass heating element (Image 2)
  • Thermal tape

Step One: Design

Create your own design or download a premade template.

Step Two: Pressing with a Silicone Wrap and Mug Press

Print the image in reverse and use thermal tape to secure the design on the shot glass.

  • Glass: Wrap the silicone shot glass wrap around the shot glass surface and clasp the handle. Heat the oven to 400 F and bake for approximately 12-15 minutes. Note that the baking time may vary depending on the individual oven. Take out the shot glass and remove the transfer paper immediately to end the sublimation process.
  • Ceramic: When the mug heat press reaches the idle temperature of 380 F, you will hear a beeping sound indicating that the machine is ready. Place the shot glass in the element and close it by pulling the handle toward you. Press the green, round button to begin the pressing cycle. Drops in temperature may be normal. Once the temperature reaches 385 F, the timer will begin counting down from 180 seconds. Once the timer reaches 0, take out the shot glass from the press and remove the transfer paper immediately. Allow the mug to cool completely before use.
  • If you’re using a shot glass wrap to sublimate the ceramic substrate, wrap the silicone wrap around the shot glass and clasp the handle. Place it in the preheated 400 F oven for approximately 10-13 minutes. It’s best to test out the timing. Remove the wrap and transfer immediately to stop the sublimation process.

See more how-to guides from Kalina Mondzholovska of Coastal Business Supplies on sublimating ceramic mugs, aluminum photo panels, ceramic tiles, ChromaLuxe natural wood panels, and more.

Kalina Mondzholovska

Kalina Mondzholovska serves as the content marketing specialist, responsible for SEO content writing on the Coastal Business Supplies website, Help Center and blogs. In this role, she is also responsible for all of the in-house photography for banners and products. In her spare time, she is a freelance artist and photographer and enjoys rock climbing, biking, hiking and yoga. She can be reached at [email protected]

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