Day 12 – March Meet The Maker – Learning Curve

Day 12 Learning Curve scaled

You may be wondering why this mug looks so dodgy… well it’s because it is one of the many mugs in my mug graveyard ? (I have nearly 100 badly printed mugs tucked away ?)

As I mentioned the other day when talking about my ‘love to make’ I used to hate making mugs… Around this time last year, I decided to invest my profits into a heat press and sublimation printer. I couldn’t wait to start making a new product! But after a couple of months I started to get inconsistent results, weird colours, mugs burning in random places, faded images, dark images, arghhh! I was getting so frustrated as I thought I had learnt how to make them correctly but my previous settings only worked once in a blue moon ?

I ended up joining a Facebook group which helps with dye sublimation problems. After chatting on there it turned out I had been sold a cheap mug press and the wrong inks for a lot more money than they should have been worth. I was gutted, I had to stop selling mugs for a while and sell on the equipment for about a sixth of what I actually paid for it to start with ?

After this traumatic and stressful time, I did A LOT of research. I found a press and inks from trusted companies with lots of reviews and feedback from real people. Last summer I started pressing again and the first mug I did came out 90% perfect. A few mugs later and I had perfected the mug pressing technique ?

This whole event was a massive learning curve for me. Research is key to everything and sometimes I try and race to get something done when I need to just take a step back, take my time and I will end up with much better results ?

I will eventually be selling all my dodgy mugs in a seconds sale for a very cheap price so watch out for that if you want one ?

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