Hey crafters, Kayla here from the Kayla Makes blog. Applying adhesive vinyl to a coffee mug can be tricky, especially for a newbie.
So today, I'm walking you through the tips and tricks I use to make sure the process is foolproof.
Here's what you'll need:
- Kassa Adhesive Vinyl
- Kassa Transfer Paper
- Blank Coffee Mug
- Weeding Tool
- Scraper Tool
- Cutting Machine
Tip #1: Properly Clean Mug
This is a big step that a lot of people skip but it's a must do if you want the adhesive vinyl to adhere properly to the surface of the mug.
Using a cotton pad or clean cloth, spray the mug with isopropyl alcohol and wipe clean. Allow the mug to dry completely.
Tip #2: Check The Machine's Cut Settings
Another mistake that is easy to make is to forget to check the cut settings on your particular machine before you begin cutting. If you do this, the vinyl may not cut all the way through or on the flip side, you may cut all the way through the paper backing, making it difficult to weed.
To adjust the cut settings in Cricut Design Space, simply select the material you're using (adhesive vinyl) and then in the following window you can adjust the blade pressure to less, default or more. For Kassa Adhesive Vinyl I use the default setting.
Tip #3: Use A Quality Transfer Tape
To many times I've heard of people attempting to use dollar store contact paper as transfer tape. To be honest, it just isn't the same. When you're working with adhesive vinyl you want to use a transfer tape that is made for adhesive vinyl.
Kassa Transfer Paper was created to work especially with Kassa Adhesive Vinyl. Cut a piece of transfer tape just large enough to cover the design and use a scraper tool or something similar to apply firm pressure over the design.
Tip #4: Cut Small Slits Around Design
Coffee mugs are almost always curved. This makes it difficult to apply a flat vinyl image, but it isn't impossible!
Use sharp scissors to cut as close to the design as possible and then go around the edges of the transfer tape and cut small slits all the way around. This will help the decal form around the curvature of the mug.
Tip #5: Burnish, Burnish, Burnish!
This is an important one. You can't just place the vinyl decal on the mug, give it a little rub and then attempt to remove the transfer tape. The vinyl will peel away with the transfer tape 100% of the time.
To avoid peeling up your decal, burnish over the entire design over and over again. I use my scraper tool and firm pressure to pass over the entire design 10-15 times. Usually after that I go back with my fingers and press everything down again.
Tip #6: Peel Slowly
I'm all for ripping off a bandaid but when it comes to adhesive vinyl you want to take it S-L-O-W.
Peel downward and at an angle nice and slow. If you happen to have any pieces that want to lift off of the mug, just press them back down and continue peeling away the transfer tape.
That's all there is to it! With these tips and tricks you'll be a professional mug maker in no time.
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