Can You Sublimate on Glass?

Can You Sublimate on Glass?

We always get this question as an expert can you sublimate on glass or not? Is it easy or difficult? or can we make beautiful designs? For anyone who has ever been interested in sublimation, the answer to this question might seem like an obvious yes.

But when it comes to understanding why, many factors need to be considered, including the application process and whether or not the glass has been tempered.

What is Sublimation?

Sublimation is the process of transforming a solid into a gas without passing through an intermediate liquid stage. It occurs at temperatures below the substance’s boiling point and involves no phase transition (e.g., from solid to liquid). The term sublimation comes from Latin, meaning “to rise.”

The Materials Needed

Sublimation Printer

Sublimation Printer

Sublimation printers are a particular type of printer that uses heat to transfer images onto various materials. The ink used in sublimation printers is heated above the melting point, which causes it to change from a liquid into a gas state. The resulting gas then hardens in contact with air and adheres firmly to the print surface.


Sublimation printing can be used to print on fabrics such as silk or cotton. Still, it’s most famous for clothing production because it allows designers to create designs with vivid colours and patterns without having them fade away after just one wash cycle.

Sublimation Ink and Paper

Sublimation Ink and Paper

Sublimation ink is a unique printing ink that can be used on glass. It’s different from regular ink, which is usually made of pigment and water. When you print with sublimation ink, you’re creating your version of this particular type of printing, which looks like regular printed images.


Sublimation paper is also safe for glass surfaces. That’s because it has unique properties that make it easier for light to pass through than regular paper.

Glass Blanks (For Glass)

Glass Blanks (For Glass)

You can find glass blanks made for sublimation at your local craft store or online. Use high-quality sublimation paper and a printer to ensure your design will transfer correctly. When printing your design, mirror the image before you print it onto the paper. It will ensure that your design is not backward when you go to transfer it.


Once your design is printed, place the glass blank on top of it and tape the two together. Be sure to use high heat-resistant tape, so it does not melt when exposed to the heat press. Preheat your heat press to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and place the taped glass blank onto it. Press for 45 seconds and then remove from heat.

Heap Press Machine (For Glass)

Heap press machines are used to sublimate on glass. They can be used with glass blanks and other materials that have been preheated, such as polyester and acrylic. The process involves applying pressure to the blank as it passes through a heated chamber to become soft and pliable. It controls how much heat is transferred from your machine into your material, allowing you to control its final shape or form.


Heap presses are often paired with heat presses because they work well together. if one tool is not hot enough for processing certain materials (like textiles), then another tool will be needed (like an electric blanket) until everything reaches proper temperatures

Sublimation on Glass: Seven Simple Steps

The process of sublimation is a bit more complicated when working with glass. But, with the right guide and patience, you can successfully sublimate images onto glass. Here are seven simple steps to help you get started:


  1. Choose the correct type of glass.
  2. Prepare your design.
  3. Print your design onto transfer paper.
  4. Cut out your design.
  5. Place your design onto the glass.
  6. Cover the glass with a sheet of silicone release paper.
  7. Use a heat press to sublimate your design onto the glass.

A Few Helpful Tips

  1. Ensure your glass is clean and free of grease or fingerprints.
  2. Use a strong adhesive to attach your pattern to the glass.
  3. Be sure to use heat-resistant tape around the edges of your design to prevent color bleeding.
  4. Preheat your oven to the recommended temperature for your particular brand of sublimation paper.
  5. Place your glass on the top rack of the oven and bake for the recommended time.
  6. Allow the glass to cool completely before removing the paper.
  7. If necessary, use a razor blade to remove residual adhesive from the glass.


The finished product should last indefinitely with proper care. However, keeping your art looking pristine may be challenging if you use it every day. To keep it as good as possible, we recommend you cover the glass in clear packing tape (this will help prevent scratches) and then place something over it when not in use.

Frequently Asked Questions

When the surface of a material is heated, it will turn into gas. This process is called sublimation. It happens when there is a difference between the object’s temperature and its surroundings. The lower temperature causes molecules in air or water vapor to move from their liquid state into a gaseous form at room temperature (0°C) or below, resulting in visible vapor (sublimation).

You’re ready to sublimate on glass. Here are the essentials you’ll need:

  • Sublimation inks: These are used to print the image onto paper. You’ll want to pick up some transparent (glossy) white, red and blue inks for this project.
  • A sublimation printer: This is where your images will be printed onto sheets of plastic that can then be laid flat on top of a particular surface like glass. If you don’t have access to one yet, we recommend checking out our guide on making one yourself using an old printer cartridge as its base material.

To sublimate your design onto glass, you’ll need a few things: a sublimation printer, sublimation inks, transfer paper, and heat-resistant tape. First, print your design onto the transfer paper using your sublimation printer. Then, cut out your design and attach it to the glass using heat-resistant tape. Finally, use a heat press to apply pressure and heat to the design, causing it to vaporize and adhere to the glass.

When you’re designing glassware for sublimation, there are a few things you’ll want to avoid.

  • First, avoid using any metal in your design. Metal can interfere with the sublimation process and cause your design to become fuzzy or distorted.
  • Second, avoid using any glass with a pattern or texture. These patterns can also interfere with the sublimation process and cause your design to come out imperfect.
  • Finally, avoid using any glass that is clear or tinted with a colour. Clear and tinted glasses can absorb too much heat during the sublimation process, causing them to crack or break.


In conclusion, yes, you can sublimate glass. With a few simple supplies and creativity, you can sublimate any design you can imagine onto your glass. Just be sure to use high-quality images and heat-resistant substrates to ensure success. Additionally, ensure that the image has enough contrast to appear well on the surface of the glass. Remember that with careful planning and execution, sublimation offers endless opportunities for customization in any home or commercial setting.

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