155 Crystalina Shimmer is a translucent, iridescent glitter flake in a very clear base. It is a press-ready plastisol used for creating special sparkling effects on garments. 155 Crystalina Shimmer is bleed resistant and can be used on some synthetic fabrics or blends. Non-PVC, Non-Phthalate ink.
100% Cotton, cotton/poly blends and some 100% poly fabrics.
Test for possible dye migration or bleeding before beginning production.
155 Crystalina Shimmer can be printed onto a garment as is, or printed over other colors to highlight areas of a design. When printing multiple colors, 155 Crystalina Shimmer should be printed last. Shimmer should be printed without any modifications. If modification is necessary, use the following reducers: 1110 Curable Reducer or 1099 Low Bleed Curable Reducer (for better bleed resistance). Add 1% to 5% by weight.
60-65 Durometer – beveled or sharp edge
Any direct or indirect plastisol resistant emulsion
325°F for entire ink film.
Test dryer temperatures and wash test printed product before and during a production run.
Any environmentally friendly plastisol screen wash
Keep containers well sealed when not in use. Keep indoors and store in a cool area. Recommended storage at 65°-90°F. Avoid storage in direct sunlight or in extreme temperature conditions.
- 155 Shimmer is bleed resistant, but not non-bleed.
Pre-test ink with fabric for bleeding or dye migration before beginning a production run. Longer term testing is recommended for problem fabrics, as dye migration or bleeding may not occur immediately.
- ONLY use Multipurpose Fluorescent Inks or Process Color Inks for tinting 155 Shimmer to other shades.
Do not mix 155 Shimmer with opaque inks as they will block out or cover the 155 Shimmer flake.
- 900 Catalyst may be necessary.
For better adhesion on some fabrics, it may be necessary to add the 900 catalyst for proper adhesion. The ratio of ink to catalyst is 16 parts ink to 1 part catalyst by volume and 20 to 1 by weight.
- Flash dry the underlying color.
When printing 155 over the top of other colors or puff ink, it is best to flash dry the underlying colors.
- Print Shimmer Last.
Print shimmer last in the design to avoid excessive pick-up of the shimmer flakes.
- The time/temperature cycle is very important when printing through very open mesh screens.
It may take the thicker ink film a little longer to reach the proper fusion temperature than a standard ink. Always test for proper fusing before beginning a production run.
- Too high of a temperature may reduce brilliance of ink
Do not exceed recommended temperatures of 325°F or it may reduce the brilliance of 155 Crystalina Shimmer
- For nylon printing
One squeegee stroke, off contact with no flood stroke is recommended. Use a sharp squeegee for nylon printing.