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Cricut Infusible Ink: Cricut EasyPress vs. Household Iron

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Today, we’re going to be comparing a Cricut EasyPress vs. a household iron when using Cricut Infusible Ink. This is going to be such a fantastic test! We get a lot of questions about this all the time and wanted to show you just how well each one works.

We probably know just how much we love the Cricut EasyPress – we use it every day! Still, we wanted to see just how a standard household iron would match up to it. As much as we think everyone should invest in an EasyPress eventually, we’re going to test a household iron to see if it will work as a substitute in the meantime.

Cricut Infusible Ink Cricut Easypress Vs. Household Iron

Cricut Infusible Ink: Cricut EasyPress vs. Household Iron

One of the things we love most about the Cricut EasyPress is that you can set it to the exact temperature you need. So, we have ours set to 385 degrees as per the guidelines Cricut has set for using Infusible Ink in their Cricut EasyPress chart.

Easy Press Vs Iron

With our household iron, we have set it to a high cotton setting.

Prepping Tshirt

To prep our t-shirt (the surface we’re using today), we’ve placed the EasyPress mat inside of the shirt. The mat is really helpful because it sends the heat from the EasyPress right back up into your project. We’re going to be using this mat even with the household iron.

Infusible Ink Comparison Easypress Vs Iron

We’ve placed a piece of copy paper on top of the mat, inside the shirt to prevent any ink from bleeding through. We also have the butcher paper that comes with your Cricut Infusible Ink on hand. We’ve already cut out our designs from the Cricut Infusible Ink sheet and weeded them.

Preheat Tshirt

For the first test with the EasyPress, we’re going to start by preheating the shirt for about 15 seconds. Let this cool completely.

Use A Lint Roller On The Shirt

Now, go over the shirt with a lint roller. Any little bits of fiber,hair, or lint could interfere with a successful application of the Infusible Ink. You even want to do this with a brand new shirt right out of the package to get the best results!

Applying Infusible Ink Design To Shirt

Place your Infusible Ink design onto the shirt. Put the butcher paper that comes with the infusible ink over top of your design.

Use The Cricut Easypress To Heat The Infusible Ink

Apply the heat with the Cricut EasyPress for 40 seconds, giving it light even pressure. You don’t want to apply heavy pressure and you don’t want to move it.

Once Cooled Peel Up The Backing From The Infusible Ink

Once finished, you want to remove the butcher paper and let it cool. After it has cooled completely, you can peel away the infusible ink backing.

Fnished Design

The Cricut EasyPress has given us great results here. Nice, crisp lines and deep saturated color

Trying A Household Iron With Cricut Infusible Ink

Now, we’re going to try this same process out using a household iron instead. Since this is a larger design, we’re going to have to hit it with the iron multiple times as opposed to the one time we did with the EasyPress.

Preheat Shirt With Iron

Once again, we’re going to preheat the shirt using the iron. Move the iron around to heat up the whole space you’re using and heat it for a bit longer than you would have with the EasyPress.

Let cool completely and then use the lint roller over it as before. Place your design down on the shirt and cover with butcher paper. We’re reusing our butcher paper from before because there’s no ink on it at all.

Start Heating One Section At A Time

Start heating your design one section at a time. Apply light even pressure in 20 second intervals until the entire design has been heated. We’re doing right side, left side, top half, and then bottom half to make sure we’ve covered all parts of the design.

Remove the butcher paper and let your design cool completely before peeling up the backing paper.

Results Using Household Iron With Infusible Ink

As you can see, we didn’t get the good, clean results we wanted for our design.

Comparison Of Household Iron Vs Easypress With Infusible Ink

The center section of the one heated with the household iron is not as good as the one heated with the EasyPress, but it’s not bad. Unfortunately, we didn’t get good results with the rest of our design. It seems like the edges of the iron get much hotter than the middle section and the holes for the steam are leaving a pattern behind on our design.

Obviously, we could experiment more with this, but it’s clear that for results that are much, much better, the Cricut EasyPress wins hands-down.

Have you tried using a household iron for your Cricut Infusible Ink projects? Let us know how it went in the comments below.

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