Now you are ready to iron your design to your shirt (or other fabric)
- Always iron on a hard, flat surface (no padded ironing board).
- Lay out your shirt.
- Peel off the white backing of the design.
- Place the sticky side down onto fabric. If not in the desired place, you may pick up the design and place it again and again. Cut it apart, change it, nothing is permanent until you press it on.
- Put the pressing cloth over the design. (A non-stick pressing cloth, or light weight fabric like a bandanna)
- Set your iron on a hot setting – NO STEAM. Temperature may be adjusted as needed. All irons are different.
- Place your iron on the pressing cloth on top of the design. Your iron will sit there a minimum of 45 – 60 seconds. Do not move your iron (this is different from the way we have been ironing). Let it sit in place. The length of time and your temperature is what is melting the glue. Make sure your iron sits there long enough. If it sits there long enough and the glue isn’t getting melted, then the temperature of your iron will need to be adjusted.
- Once you have let the iron sit in one place for 60 seconds, take the front half of your iron and press down in small sections at a time. This will help with different size pieces and different heights of pieces in your designs.
- If your design is larger than your iron, move the pressing cloth with the iron, and do the next section. Don’t worry about overlap. It is also a good idea to turn your shirt inside out and repeat the instructions and press from the backside.
- Now, let the plastic cool. There should be a slight ripple or bubbling in the plastic. If the plastic is perfectly flat, your iron was probably not warm enough. If it looks like the edges are shrinking, your iron might be a little too warm.When the plastic is cool, the glue has had time to cool off. Approximately 5 minutes. Your sticky plastic will remove easier. Pull the corner of your mylar off slowly. If there are crystals sticking to the clear plastic, you have missed a section, OR if you have let the iron sit there long enough, your iron is not warm enough. Turn up the temperature and repeat process until you get the glue melted.
If there are larger crystals in the designs, size 16ss or 20ss, keep in mind that with the extra depth, you’ll need to use more time to melt the glue. Approximately 75 – 90 seconds. If there are small flat pieces next to the larger pieces, make sure they get ironed on securely.
Your project is now complete! Now make sure the pieces are securely bonded. Rub your palms across the design, up and down, back and forth. Now, use your thumbnail and aggressively scrape at the pieces. If anything feels loose, you’ll need to re-iron. Once the glue is permanently melted, your garment can be machine washed, machine dried or dry cleaned. TEST IT! You have to melt the glue to make it permanent. Everyone’s iron is different. Turn inside out to launder.