*Refer to images below for step by step drawings.
- Bare aluminum bag tag (Clear 9″ plastic bag tag loops are sold separately.)
- Printed transfer and scissors
- Sublimation printer (RIP printing software)
- Small swing-away heat press set to 400 degrees F (heat gloves-optional, and heat tape)
- Blowout paper
- Cloth for cleaning and all-purpose cleaner (rubbing alcohol)
Step 1: To sublimate two-sided aluminum bag tags two sides at a time, first clean the blank bag tag using rubbing alcohol and a microfiber cloth. You should have two images printed on your transfers. Cut the corners of one of the transfers about a 1/4 inch away from the edge of the image in order to have plenty of space to tape the first transfer to the second.
Step 2: Next, line up and center one side of the blank bag tag to the transfer with the cut corners. Pick up the bag tag and crease the transfer paper along the edges of the bag tag so it will stay lined up with the outline of the image or graphic.
Step 3: Make sure the transfer is at the edge of the table. Hold the first transfer in place by tightly gripping the bag tag and transfer with your thumb and finger. Carefully flip it and line up the bag tag with the second transfer, keeping the first side of the transfer slightly peeled back so you can see where you’re placing the bag tag. Once secured on the second transfer, peel back the edges of the first transfer to double check that all the sides are even. Make small adjustments as needed.
Step 4: Next, place four pieces of tape on the corners to secure the transfers to the bag tag. Avoid placing the tape on the bag tag outline. Carefully slide the prepared bag tag off the table and place in the heat press. Make sure to have clean blowout paper on the bottom and the top of the bag tag in the press. Press at 400 degrees F for 50-60 seconds. Time may vary based on equipment. Remove blowout paper. Pull the transfers off both sides and let cool for a few minutes.
To sublimate one side at a time:
Step 1: If you prefer to sublimate one side at a time, attach the image to the bare product, place the product between the news print, and press at 400 degrees F for 50 seconds. Wait until the bag tag is cool to the touch and repeat the process for the other side.
Final Step for both: Attach bag tag loop (sold separately).
These are two ways to press a double-sided aluminum bag tag. Find the process that works for you and please share your tips and tricks with us!