Heat Sublimated UFO Inlay Bottle Stopper; with souvenirs

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Bob in SF

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We knew they were out there, and I was grateful for a generous albeit brief visit.

They left me a nice heat sublimated UFO image-inlaid exotic wood bottle stopper at our UFO party - also left me some souvenir mugs after we savored some exotic espresso.

I was curious about the bowling ball token. They said that intergalactic league play is going well - but best to wear a helmet to minimize risk of injury related to gravitational variation.

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They came in peace.

Happy Sunday to all - Bob
 
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I'll be sure NOT to show these to my granddaughter as she's a big space nut. Next year for her high school graduation we're taking her to Florida to visit the Kennedy Space Center and some other attractions. I show her these and she'll want me to give them a shot. Nice work as usual Bob, I'm more than impressed...again.
 

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Sincere thanks to Peter, Ken, Mark, Mal, Pete, Joe, Chuck, Tom and those who have looked and liked!

Mark - I have fond future memories of George Jetson!

Mal - I'm liking the new term UFOTIC!

Tom - Your granddaughter is onto something.

Pete - Here's the dye sublimation definition:
"Dye sublimation features the following two-part process:
  1. Print graphics onto special transfer paper using sublimation inks
  2. Use a heat press to transfer the ink-on-paper to the substrate"
Here's how I did it:
Discs
:
I loaded an Epson 3760 Ecotank printer with Cosmos brand sublimation inks instead of inkjet ink
I created the artwork by hand in various real media, then digitally refined it in PhotoShop.
I then resized the images and printed them onto Crafting Besties brand dye sublimation papers.
I used aluminum dye sublimation blanks (from Etsy) for the discs.
I taped the images face down onto the discs with heat proof tape.
Then used a Cricut Minipress to transfer the images, 380 degrees, 30 seconds, with light down-pressure; quickly peeled off the taped image, and revealed the permanent light fast image.
I domed the printed metal discs on a hardwood dapping block, then inlaid them into the lathe-turned/tung-oil finished hardwood.
Niles S-9000 stopper threaded into a Niles brass insert in the turned wood.

Mugs
:
I used a Heat Press Nation brand (6-in-1) mug press for the cups - 360-380 degrees x 3 minutes.

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I'm planning some little experiments that will likely find their way into pens (and other things).

Heat/dye sublimation is fun, simple, and versatile.

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Warm regards to all - Bob
 
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