Posted By TeckWrap Craft On February14, 2024

How To Use Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl?

How To Use Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl, Reflective Vinyl

If you’re always looking for ways to elevate your projects, TeckWrap Craft brings you its premium quality, truly exquisite, Reflective HTV. You can use Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl on cotton, polyester, and cotton blend fabrics by applying the recommended amount of heat and pressure for a specific duration of time.

In this blog, we’ll be talking about the properties of Reflective HTV, how you can use this wonderful crafting material for your creative projects, and where you can apply its designs and lettering. Excited? Let’s begin!

What Is Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl?

This type of vinyl film is a specialized material with a stunning reflective quality that transforms simple crafting designs into eye-catching masterpieces.

It changes color presenting a specular surface with high visibility and glow when light falls on it. It comes with a strong adhesive backing that can be activated using a combination of heat and pressure for a set time.

Best Reflective HTV, Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl

Reflective HTV, also known as iron-on vinyl, is a perfect tool for customizing clothing and fabric-based materials, but you can use it on other types of surfaces as well, including metal and wood.

TeckWrap Craft boasts an excellent reflective heat transfer vinyl collection known for its supreme quality and durability. Available in 22 brilliant shades, this product is one of our most coveted vinyl films!

Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl Roll - 5ft / Rainbow - TeckwrapCraft
Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl Roll - 5ft / Pink Beige - TeckwrapCraft
Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl Roll - 5ft / Pastel Green - TeckwrapCraft
Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl Roll - 5ft / Pastel Purple - TeckwrapCraft
Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl Roll - 5ft / Grain Brown - TeckwrapCraft
Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl Roll - 5ft / Pasteboard Brown - TeckwrapCraft
Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl Roll - 5ft / Coffee Brown - TeckwrapCraft
Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl Roll - 5ft / Coconut White - TeckwrapCraft
Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl Roll - 5ft / Ink Black - TeckwrapCraft
Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl Roll - 5ft / Pure Red - TeckwrapCraft
Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl Roll - 5ft / Maroon Banner - TeckwrapCraft
Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl Roll - 5ft / Neon Yellow - TeckwrapCraft
Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl Roll - 5ft / Neon Green - TeckwrapCraft
Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl Roll - 5ft / Neon Pink - TeckwrapCraft
Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl Roll - 5ft / Neon Orange - TeckwrapCraft
Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl Roll - 5ft / Sky Blue - TeckwrapCraft
Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl Roll - 5ft / True Blue - TeckwrapCraft
Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl Roll - 5ft / Sweet Purple - TeckwrapCraft
Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl Roll - 5ft / Ceremonial Purple - TeckwrapCraft
Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl Roll - 5ft / Bright Silver - TeckwrapCraft
Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl Roll - 5ft / Dark Gray - TeckwrapCraft
Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl Roll - 5ft / Dark Green - TeckwrapCraft
Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl Roll - 5ft / Rainbow - TeckwrapCraft
Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl Roll - 5ft / Pink Beige - TeckwrapCraft
Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl Roll - 5ft / Pastel Green - TeckwrapCraft
Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl Roll - 5ft / Pastel Purple - TeckwrapCraft
Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl Roll - 5ft / Grain Brown - TeckwrapCraft
Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl Roll - 5ft / Pasteboard Brown - TeckwrapCraft
Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl Roll - 5ft / Coffee Brown - TeckwrapCraft
Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl Roll - 5ft / Coconut White - TeckwrapCraft
Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl Roll - 5ft / Ink Black - TeckwrapCraft
Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl Roll - 5ft / Pure Red - TeckwrapCraft
Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl Roll - 5ft / Maroon Banner - TeckwrapCraft
Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl Roll - 5ft / Neon Yellow - TeckwrapCraft
Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl Roll - 5ft / Neon Green - TeckwrapCraft
Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl Roll - 5ft / Neon Pink - TeckwrapCraft
Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl Roll - 5ft / Neon Orange - TeckwrapCraft
Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl Roll - 5ft / Sky Blue - TeckwrapCraft
Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl Roll - 5ft / True Blue - TeckwrapCraft
Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl Roll - 5ft / Sweet Purple - TeckwrapCraft
Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl Roll - 5ft / Ceremonial Purple - TeckwrapCraft
Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl Roll - 5ft / Bright Silver - TeckwrapCraft
Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl Roll - 5ft / Dark Gray - TeckwrapCraft
Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl Roll - 5ft / Dark Green - TeckwrapCraft

Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl Roll

$9.99
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It is thin and flexible, available in both rainbow and singular shades. It can be cut and applied easily to compatible fabrics with the help of your trusty automated cutting machine and heat press. Hence you can make even the most intricate designs using it!

It is eco-friendly and non-toxic. You can apply it to your clothing without having to worry about any health hazards. If you follow the proper wash and care instructions, your designs will last for more than 50 washes!

The Supplies You Need When Using Reflective HTV

Now that we know what reflective heat transfer vinyl is, let's explore the steps for applying it to the fabric. We will be using a T-shirt. For any project to be successful, you will need the right tools. Let’s see what you should have:

Glow In the Dark Squeegee 1PCS
Glow In the Dark Squeegee 1PCS

Glow In the Dark Squeegee 1PCS

$4.99
Pitaya Squeegee 1PCS
Pitaya Squeegee 1PCS

Pitaya Squeegee 1PCS

$4.99
Dopamine Weekly Weeding Pen
Dopamine Weekly Weeding Pen
Dopamine Weekly Weeding Pen
Dopamine Weekly Weeding Pen
Dopamine Weekly Weeding Pen
Dopamine Weekly Weeding Pen
Dopamine Weekly Weeding Pen
Dopamine Weekly Weeding Pen
Dopamine Weekly Weeding Pen
Dopamine Weekly Weeding Pen
Dopamine Weekly Weeding Pen
Dopamine Weekly Weeding Pen
Dopamine Weekly Weeding Pen
Dopamine Weekly Weeding Pen
Dopamine Weekly Weeding Pen
Dopamine Weekly Weeding Pen

Dopamine Weekly Weeding Pen

$24.90
Silicone Slap Bracelets
Silicone Slap Bracelets
Silicone Slap Bracelets
Silicone Slap Bracelets
Silicone Slap Bracelets
Silicone Slap Bracelets
Silicone Slap Bracelets
Silicone Slap Bracelets
Silicone Slap Bracelets
Silicone Slap Bracelets

Silicone Slap Bracelets

$3.90
TeckWrapCraft Vinyl Roll Storage with 24 Compartments
TeckWrapCraft Vinyl Roll Storage with 24 Compartments
TeckWrapCraft Vinyl Roll Storage with 24 Compartments
TeckWrapCraft Vinyl Roll Storage with 24 Compartments
TeckWrapCraft Vinyl Roll Storage with 24 Compartments
TeckWrapCraft Vinyl Roll Storage with 24 Compartments
TeckWrapCraft Vinyl Roll Storage with 24 Compartments
TeckWrapCraft Vinyl Roll Storage with 24 Compartments
TeckWrapCraft Vinyl Roll Storage with 24 Compartments
TeckWrapCraft Vinyl Roll Storage with 24 Compartments

TeckWrapCraft Vinyl Roll Storage with 24 Compartments

$16.90
Craft Tool Set
Craft Tool Set
Craft Tool Set
Craft Tool Set
Craft Tool Set
Craft Tool Set

Craft Tool Set

$7.90
Mint Squeegee 2 PCS - US to US - TeckwrapCraft
Mint Squeegee 2 PCS
Mint Squeegee 2 PCS
Mint Squeegee 2 PCS - US to US - TeckwrapCraft
Mint Squeegee 2 PCS
Mint Squeegee 2 PCS

Mint Squeegee 2 PCS

$8.00
Tweezer - Default Title - TeckwrapCraft
Tweezer - Default Title - TeckwrapCraft

Tweezer

$4.50
Weeder - US to US - TeckwrapCraft
Weeder - TeckwrapCraft
Weeder - TeckwrapCraft
Weeder - US to US - TeckwrapCraft
Weeder - TeckwrapCraft
Weeder - TeckwrapCraft

Weeder

$3.00
Mermaid Weeding Pen
Mermaid Weeding Pen - US to US / Rainbow Mermaid - TeckwrapCraft
Mermaid Weeding Pen - TeckwrapCraft
Mermaid Weeding Pen - TeckwrapCraft
Mermaid Weeding Pen - TeckwrapCraft
Mermaid Weeding Pen
Mermaid Weeding Pen - US to US / Rainbow Mermaid - TeckwrapCraft
Mermaid Weeding Pen - TeckwrapCraft
Mermaid Weeding Pen - TeckwrapCraft
Mermaid Weeding Pen - TeckwrapCraft

Mermaid Weeding Pen

$6.90
Glitter Sparkle Weeding Pen - Black - TeckwrapCraft
Glitter Sparkle Weeding Pen - White - TeckwrapCraft
Glitter Sparkle Weeding Pen - Black - TeckwrapCraft
Glitter Sparkle Weeding Pen - White - TeckwrapCraft

Glitter Sparkle Weeding Pen

$6.90
Cutting Mats Set - US to US / Medium Tack Mats - TeckwrapCraft
Cutting Mats Set - US to US / Mixed Tack Mats - TeckwrapCraft
Cutting Mats Set - US to US / Medium Tack Mats - TeckwrapCraft
Cutting Mats Set - US to US / Mixed Tack Mats - TeckwrapCraft

Cutting Mats Set

$11.00
Tool Kit - US TO US - TeckwrapCraft
Tool Kit - US TO US - TeckwrapCraft

Weeding Tool Kit

$22.00
  • Plain cotton T-shirt: You can use any other compatible fabric as well.
  • Finest reflective heat transfer vinyl: Visit TeckWrap Craft for the high-grade variety in different colors.
  • Heat Press Machine: You can also use a dry, household clothing iron for this step but for a durable project and perfect adhesion, an automated machine is recommended since you can set the required heat and pressure on it.
  • Cutting Machine: The most commonly used are Cricut and Silhouette.
  • Cutting Mat: We recommend using a standard grip, green cutting mat. At TeckWrap Craft, you will find this with a grid for ease of placement.
  • Weeding Tool: You can use a weeder, tweezer, or a weeding pen. All of these are easily available at TeckWrap Craft with an ergonomic grip.
  • Teflon sheet or parchment paper: This is needed for equal distribution of heat to the whole design and to prevent the vinyl or fabric from getting scorched due to high temperature.

Step By Step Process

Here’s how you can successfully transfer your reflective iron-on vinyl design to the fabric:

Surface Prep

The fabric on which the reflective HTV is applied should be free of dirt, contaminants, and debris. Wash it if you think it's not clean. Do not use bleach or fabric softener. Let it dry completely then press it to remove creases and any traces of moisture.

Finalize Your Design

You can use any free software to map out and create your vinyl design. Make sure that the dimensions are appropriate to the size of the T-shirt. Once your design is final, transfer it to the software that comes with your cutting machine.

Cricut works with Design Space and with Silhouette, you will use Silhouette Studio. Don’t forget to mirror the image or flip the design horizontally before sending it to the cutting machine.

Place Reflective HTV On The Cutting Mat

Cut a piece of reflective heat transfer vinyl slightly bigger than the design from all sides and place it onto the cutting mat with the matte side of the vinyl facing up. This is the adhesive side. Burnish it with a squeegee to adhere it to the mat without any ceases. Load the mat into the cutting machine.

Cut The Design

Let the machine cut the design using a fine-point blade. For Reflective heat transfer vinyl, the cut settings for different automated machines are:

Silhouette Cameo

  • Blade 3
  • Speed 4
  • Pressure 15

Cricut Explore Air 2

  • Material: Vinyl
  • Pressure 220

Cricut Maker

  • Material: Holographic Vinyl
  • Pressure: 180-185

Cricut Maker 3

  • Material: Permanent Glossy
  • Pressure: 120-130

Tip: Test cut a small piece of vinyl to see whether you are using the right settings or not. Adjust them if they are too deep or too shallow.

Weed Out Extra Vinyl

Use a weeding tool to remove excess vinyl from the design until you’re left with the desired image. You can use a weeder for this. This is a time-consuming process especially if the design is intricate. The weeding tools at TeckWrap Craft make it easy and efficient.

Transfer The Design

Set the heat press to the appropriate temperature settings for the reflective heat transfer vinyl. This information can be accessed on the TeckWrap Craft website. The recommended temperature is 275°F - 300°F for 12 to 15 seconds.

This setting depends on the type of fabric you are using. For polyester, you will use a lower temperature whereas for cotton, you will use a high temperature setting. Place the prepared T-shirt in the heat press machine and put the reflective HTV design where you want it to be on it.

Cover it with a Teflon sheet or parchment paper and apply heat and pressure on it for the recommended duration. Wait for the design to cool down then slowly remove the carrier sheet at an angle, keeping it close to the surface. Your amazing reflective heat transfer vinyl design is ready to flaunt and win praise.

Tips To Remember

When using reflective HTV, keep in mind the following tips for a durable and long-lasting design transfer:

  • Use compatible fabrics that work well with iron-on vinyl.
  • Your fabric should be free from dirt and grease. There should be no moisture in it as well.
  • Do not forget to mirror your design on the software before cutting.
  • Always do a test cut of the vinyl before cutting the actual design.
  • To see the cut lines clearly during the weeding process, you can use Cricut BrightPad or a table lamp.
  • If your vinyl peels off with the carrier sheet, place it back, put parchment paper on top, and reapply heat and pressure for some more time to ensure proper adhesion.

Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl Project Ideas

Here are some projects that you can execute using reflective iron-on vinyl:

Safety Gear

Reflective heat transfer vinyl is ideal for customizing specialized clothing items such as safety gear. This is because the material is specifically designed to reflect light, which makes the safety gear highly visible in low-light conditions.

Construction workers and road crews can make use of this vinyl as they face environments with potential hazards. Reflective HTV is also used on sports gear.

As this vinyl product is available in so many colors and finishes, you can also use it to create customized logos that differentiate workers or teams on-site.

Halloween Costumes

If you’re scrambling for outfit ideas for your next rave or Halloween party, then look no further! Using reflective heat transfer vinyl for your designs will ensure that you’ll stand out in the crowd. Imagine the amazement on your fellow party-goers' faces when you tell them that you DIY-ed the outfit yourself.

Designs For Kids

If you’ve got kids, this vinyl product might be the perfect crafting material for you. Children like bright and flashy colors, so they’ll love any design you make using reflective HTV. It can even be a fun crafting project for you to do together!

If you’re looking for ideas, ask your child their favorite cartoon character. You can create a vinyl design featuring it and surprise your child with a customized T-shirt or hoodie. Imagine the delight on their faces as they proudly tell their school friends that their parents designed the clothing item all on their own.

Reflective Apparel

Make your designs pop with reflective iron-on vinyl applied to your shirts, t-shirts, hoodies, and jeans. You can make a statement by featuring impactful quotes or phrases on shirts. Experiment with different fonts and layouts to create visually appealing designs.

You can create a cosmic-inspired design with reflective HTV by incorporating elements like stars, planets, or galaxies. This can add a touch of mystery and uniqueness to your shirts. You can also experiment with geometric shapes and patterns for a modern and fashionable look.

Captivating Caps

Reflective heat transfer vinyl offers a captivating and modern aesthetic when used on a cap. You can apply a pattern, your initials, any unique message, or an abstract art design on your cap and it will bring a trendy vibe to it.

Whether for personal fashion statements or branded merchandise, the reflective element adds a dynamic and memorable touch, making caps perfect for various settings, from casual wear to events and photography sessions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Creating Superb Designs With Reflective HTV!

And that’s it! Now you can use this amazing vinyl film with ease. We’re sure that this guide will provide the answers to any questions you might have about this wonderful material. So, what are you waiting for? Grab a few rolls of your favorite TeckWrap Craft Reflective HTV, and let’s get crafting!

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