St Patrick’s Day Supplies

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St Patrick’s Day is this week and it has us feeling festive! Our screen printing and sign customers have been buying all kinds of different green products, so we thought we would share the most popular ones with you all.

Here’s our list of St Patty’s Day Greens:

Montana Gold Spray Paint which comes in many different shades of green…green apple, acid green, pine, olive green, shock green light, etc. These spray paints are great for every craft, art project, and for signs.

Nazdar GV Vinyl Ink available in 2 different shades of green to screen print onto vinyl stickers.

Permaprint Waterbase Poster Ink in green or Glo green for cards, artwork, and posters.

International Coatings 7600 Series in Kelly Green for screen printing garments, bags, etc.

International Coatings Glow in the Dark we love the look of this glowing green plastisol for all your screen printing needs.

Matsui 301 Eco-Series Water Based has a great green shade.  Softer feel for your print jobs.

Oracal 651 Vinyl comes in 6 different greens for vinyl signs.

ThermoFlex Plus 5 different shades of green, but Kelly Green seems to be a favorite among customers.  The best for heat transfer t-shirts.

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Get a 20% credit on any of these green items on St. Patrick’s Day!

How to Heat Press Bags

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The Machine:

The MAXX Heat Press is offered in 3 different sizes with a digital time and temperature display and would be a great press for vinyl bags and all other heat press requirements. This model is Stahls most affordable press; made in the USA.  You have the option of buying smaller platens, so that your bag can fit securely and snug, but it isn’t required.  The MAXX has a wide opening for easy layout/alignment, making it that much easier to use.

The Design:

There are stock designs that you can purchase from Stahls or Horizon Products.  Horizon Products will specialize in more of your custom design needs.   If you plan on creating your own designs there are plenty of creative supplies to choose from:  rhinestones, heat transfer vinyl, flock transfers, and screen printed transfers.

CorelDraw and Adobe Illustrator are the two most popular design softwares.  Once you learn how to use the software your designs can be used with vinyl cutters, printer cutters and you’ll have images that are 100% original.

The Bag:

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Choose the type of bag that will best suit your clients. Totes, grocery/shopping, sport/gym bags and  backpacks are the more popular choices.  Make sure that you check the materials of your bags since they range from cotton, linen, polyester, nylon, polypropylene, and recycled.  You want your design to be compatible with your bag shape and fabric.  Keep in mind that recycled bags have a low melting point, so be sure to keep the heat under 300 degrees Fahrenheit and for only a few seconds…your materials will have to fit within those specifications as well.  Thermoflex Xtra seems to be the best vinyl for recycled heat press bags.

Mission Imprintables offers a wide variety of wholesale bags to make purchasing easier and more affordable.

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All About the Accessories:

Teflon cover sheets that are 5ml thick.  Mclogan’s makes it a priority to get Teflon sheets that are made in the USA and thicker than the average 3ml sheets.  The 3ml sheets go bad after a few presses.  The 5ml sheets disperse heat evenly, are long lasting and ensure that your materials don’t get stuck to your platen.

Heat transfer pillows made with 5ml Teflon to help absorb seams, zippers, collars or buttons.  These pillows help to raise the fabric, so the heat will go evenly where needed.

Quick slip top platen covers these covers make it so much easier to clean your platens, disperse the heat evenly, and further protect your press. Heat presses have two platens, a top platen and a bottom platen.  The top platen will administer the heat, while the bottom platen will hold your garment.

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Product Spotlight: Gecko Flex Specialty Melt Material

Gecko Flex Specialty Melt Material is a new product and one that we are excited to introduce!  Gecko Melt is made for people trying to heat press low volume foil transfers.  Instead of having to screen print a smaller job, you can now cut the adhesive and heat press different colors of foil.  Gecko Melt is a clear adhesive where you can now use all textile foils in lots of different colors.  Foil transfers can be a valuable asset for any screen printer wanting to create an eye-catching graphic effect. It also makes an interesting alternative for applications that have reflective inks. Foil is a great way to accent any garment.

 

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ThermoFlex: Heat Transfer Vinyl Supplies

We are the leading provider of plotter cut films and digitally printable media used for heat transfers on clothing. McLogan has the best selection of heat transfer films on the market, offering over 20 different product lines that encompass a vast selection of colors and patterns to fit every type of apparel decoration need.

Regardless of what type of garment you are embellishing, we have a heat transfer film well suited for the task and we are proud to offer the most dependable products on the market.

ThermoFlex® Plus is a durable polyurethane based material that is highly flexible. It has a soft hand and strong grip and if applied properly will outlast the life of the garment.

  • This is our #1 selling product in the nation.
  • ThermoFlex Plus is available in 43 colors with a matte finish, 6 colors with a glossy finish and 6 metal flake colors to match all your popular sports teams.
  • Comes in 15″ rolls.
  • Most colors of ThermoFlex® Plus may be applied in layers for multi-colored designs, with the exception of the Neon colors, Antique Silver, Old Gold, Metal Flake colors and Columbia Blue.

ThermoFlex Heat Transfer Vinyl

ThermoFlex Glitter Flex Ultra has the widest color selection on the market: 30 amazing colors to be exact.

  • This glitter product has an easy-to-use sticky carrier, which makes weeding a snap.
  • It has actual glitter flakes encased in a high quality heat sealing adhesive. As GlitterFlex™ Ultra films are thicker than most of our other films, simply increase the downward pressure of your knife blade in order to ensure clean cuts and easy weeding.
  • Please note: the Holo Pink (GF-Ultra 13) has limited opacity when pressing onto dark garments, so for best results please test the effect before doing a large run. No nylon, dazzle cloth, shiny polyester or moisture-wicking materials.

ThermoFlex® Plus Glossy  – Compare the ease of weeding and applying ThermoFlex® Plus Glossy with competitive products and discover why so many professionals ask for it by name.

  • This  heat transfer vinyl is a durable polyurethane based material that is highly flexible. It has a soft hand and strong grip and if applied properly will outlast the life of the garment.
  • ThermoFlex Plus Glossy is available in 6 colors with a glossy finish colors to match all your popular sports teams.
  • ThermoFlex® PLUS Glossy will NOT adhere to nylon, dazzle cloth, or shiny polyester.

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ThermoFlex Reflectra – Reflectra is becoming a favorite among many.  It’s available as both a plotter-cut (Plotfoil) and an embroidable (Stitchfoil)

  • This heat transfer material is available in 23 different patterns and 17 solid colors, including neon and a frosty clear(Sensation Opaque Translucent).
  • No matter how dark the color is in natural light, the entire design lights up bright white when hit with the flash of a camera, flashlight, or headlights.
  • Click the link to read our blog about ThermoFlex Reflectra.

ThermoFlex Vinyl Heat Transfer Vinyl

ThermoFlex® Stretch is a durable polyurethane based material that is highly flexible.

  • It offers the same soft-hand matte finish as the Thermoflex® PLUS, but has the capacity for high stretch and rebound! Great for stretchy clothing!
  • ThermoFlex® Stretch is available in 6 colors with a matte finish:  white stretch, green stretch, red stretch, black stretch, royal blue stretch and athletic gold stretch.

ThermoFlex® Sport is a durable thick film material designed to bridge the gaps in open-mesh athletic jersey.

  • You can heat press ThermoFlex® Sport at a relatively low (300° F – 320° F) temperature and short dwell time (8-10 seconds), which minimizes dye migration from colored polyester jersey mesh. You can transfer ThermoFlex® Sport to nylon jersey well using the lowest temperature (300° F) and the shortest dwell time (8 seconds).
  • ThermoFlex® Sport is available in seven (7) standard team colors: White, Athletic Yellow, Red, Royal Blue, Navy Blue, Kelly Green and Black.

Thermoflex Xtra – The new ThermoFlex® Xtra has incorporated the desirable features of our popular ThermoFlex® Plus including easier handling, cutting and weeding from the addition of its thicker polyester carrier sheet and low-tack carrier adhesive that enables easy weeding without lifting the cut image from its carrier.

  • In addition to nylon and leather, ThermoFlex® Xtra will adhere to siliconized materials with sufficient surface texture for the adhesive to grip, when transferred according to directions.
  • ThermoFlex® Xtra is available in sixteen (16) different colors including: White, Storm Grey, Black, Pink, Orange, Athletic Yellow, Navy Blue, Royal Blue, Columbia Blue, Kelly Green, Forest Green,  Maroon, Royal Purple, Antique Silver and Old Gold.

Order your next roll of ThermoFlex online at Mclogan.com or call one of our 4 locations to speak to a representative.