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Tips for Frame a Jersey That You Like

No single piece of sport memorabilia better defines collecting passion and team dedication than the jersey. A jersey’s colors connect the fan to their team. It also connects the team to its fanbase. Jerseys don’t do any good tucked away in a closet. There they go unseen and unappreciated. Jerseys should be preserved and displayed proudly. Also, a coat hanger isn’t the best way preserve a jersey’s value. Using jersey frames is a complicated process. They require properly folding, safely affixing the jersey to a secure surface, custom-cutting mat-board and framing in a solid wood frame that has protective UV glass or acrylic.

Undertaking this process by yourself is not advised.

So what criteria should a collector look for when selecting a professional jersey framer? First, steer clear of all traditional art framers and art supply stores. Most lack the expertise needed to protect the value of the jersey. They may damage it during the framing process.

Jersey framing should be only be done by professionals experienced in working with collectibles and archiving. Additionally, the framer should be experienced specifically with framing collectible jerseys.

Below is a list of questions you should ask and things to look for in someone’s gallery of jersey frames.

Layout and Folding

How are the jerseys folded? Is an iron used? Are the sleeves of the jersey and their patches visible?

Frame

What type of jersey frames are used? Is it flat or a shadow box? While either will work, a shadow box allows for more customization where items like balls, photos and other items can be used to create a three-dimensional display.

Materials

Look for a vendor that only uses high-quality wood, matting and moldings, and acid-free archival backing. Available options for jersey frames should include special UV-protective glass, suede, outline matting, and Plexiglass.

Mounting

It is possible to mount a jersey to a backing so that the jersey material does not come into contact with any pins, staples, tape or adhesives. This can be done by fitting the jersey around a foam core, which will preserve its shape. The foam core is attached to the frame backing and not the jerse

DIY Jersey Frames

The above guidelines apply in particular to collectible jerseys that are either autographed or game-used. For information on do-it-yourself jersey framing of less expensive, store-bought jerseys or if you simply insist on doing it yourself, here are some step-by-step instructions and resources.

  • Measure your jersey to pick the right sized frame. Most jerseys will fit in either a 30″ x 36″ or 32″ x 40″ frame.
  • Lay the jersey out in the desired position (and orientation to the frame) on the matte backing board inside the shadow box frame or foam board if using a standard frame.
  • Fold and iron the uniform so that the player name, number and sleeve patch logos are visible.
  • Iron the jersey on the folds.
  • Temporarily pin the uniform to backing using stainless steel framing pins. Stainless steel pins are ideal as they will not rust or discolor. They will also not damage the jersey fabric.
  • Stitch the jersey to the mat board with needle and thread. Stitching areas include; below the neckline, at the start of each sleeve, and at the bottom hem. Be sure the thread goes through the back of the jersey so it doesn’t show. Knot the ends of the thread behind the backboard and tape them down to the back of the matte to hold them securely.
  • Close the shadow box and hang proudly. If you are using a traditional frame follow these additional steps before hanging:
  • Remove the protective film from one side of the Plexiglass. Lay that side down firmly on top of the jersey. Once it is aligned straight, peel the film from the other side of the Plexiglass.
  • Attach the sides of the frame. Many frames will simply click together, you may have to use special mounting brackets and clips to properly secure the frame.

Custom Ice Hockey Jerseys Tips

Ever wondered why ice hockey jerseys, after all these years, are still so highly popular, even among the non-fans? Well, because they are super causal and stylish, duh. This makes it quite a no-brainer for small clothing businesses to stock wholesale ice hockey jerseys- even during non-NHL season. Here are 7 tips to help you bag the best wholesale of these jerseys

  1. Be considerate of different types of consumers. There are professional players, amateurs, fans and then non-fans. They all have diverse needs and preferences. Plus the amount they will be ready to spend on these jerseys will also vary.
  2. Also, for whatever reasons, many bulk buyers overlook women consumers. Don’t do that.
  3. You don’t necessarily have to go with print jerseys all the time. Sometimes the blank ones are just as good choice- especially for the non-fans, who don’t have any clue about teams and players and wear these jerseys as causal and style wear.
  4. Talking about casual and style, you should, if needed, customize yourwholesale ice hockey jerseys to make them more appealing. Play with different color combinations, designs, and texts.
  5. About size, you don’t always have to look for moderate or perfect fit. Many people look for baggy jerseys. Of course these are non-players.
  6. When targeting the players, be highly considerate of the quality of these wears. Ensure that they are made using dri-fitted fabrics, have high ventilating properties and are light in weight.
  7. To play it safe, wholesale custom ice hockey jerseys Australia, USA, Canada of teams and players that are most popular at the time and people are backing them.

Gorgeous Jersey Design Tips

images-39If you play ultimate, you probably have an opinion about sublimated jerseys. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, there’s no denying that they are an integral part of our sport.

For our part, we’ve seen great designs and terrible ones, and the pattern is not random. Here’s a quick list of tips to help you design a truly great sub jersey!

PSST Do you have the graphic design chops to make your own sub gear? Download the photoshop sub templates  to get started!

1. KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SUBLIMATION & SCREEN PRINTING

Designing screen printed ultimate gear is kind of like directing an indie movie. Costs are relatively low, but restrictions abound.

You, as director, are often forced to come up with creative ways to get your point across without shelling out for fancy camera effects or insane computer graphics.

Designing sub jerseys on the other hand, is more like directing a multi-million dollar superhero flick. It costs a lot more to produce, but the “cool factor” is a much higher, and there are very, very few restrictions.

As director of a film of this magnitude, you will rarely, if ever, be constrained by anything but your imagination.

“Sublimation” is actually a technical term for the transition of a substance directly from a solid to a gas, without becoming a liquid in between. (more here if you want to really nerd out)

Here’s a graphic of how we use sublimation to design a sublimated jersey. You can find a depiction of how we screen print on gear by heading to our previous post 3 Things Every College Captain Should Know About Screen Printing.

With a sub jersey, you quite literally start with a blank sheet of paper. Anything that can be printed by a color printer can be applied to a sub jersey.

Yeah, it’s pretty darn cool, but having unlimited options and lots of space to fill can be overwhelming for captains.

Unfortunately some of them fall into the trap of the blockbuster director, shouting random words like “more explosions!” and “throw a dinosaur riding a pink-bearded mountain-man on there!”.

Don’t get me wrong: our designers aim to please, and they won’t stop you from adding a third leprechaun to your fleet of six unicorns puking rainbow lightning. But they will certainly have opinions about how your jersey looks on the whole. If you ever want their opinion, all you have to do is ask.

2. START WITH A VISION

We offer unlimited free art assistance here at Five, but you’re going to have a better outcome if you start the process with SOME idea of what you want the final product to look like.

In or post on getting custom gear as quickly as possible, we laid out a short process for how to brainstorm a ballin’ jersey. The same elements apply here:

If you don’t have a good idea of what you want your gear to look like, we recommend the following brainstorming process:

  1. Take 20 minutes and imagine your ideal sub jersey. Does it have a ton of color? Is it a parody of your favorite throwback NBA shirt? Write these ideas down as they occur to you. Even broad themes are helpful at this stage.
  2. Use Google image search to find design elements that are similar to your vision. If you can’t find what you want, try drawing it by hand. A black marker on white paper is the best option for drawings, and if you can get your hands on a scanner that’s preferable to a smart phone pic.
  3. Email us with your vision and examples. We’ll take it all in and make it into a ballin’ design for free!

3. GIVE YOURSELF SOME PARAMETERS

You’d think that unlimited options would result in better blockbuster movies AND better sublimated jersey designs. But it turns out that the opposite is true.

In our experience, having some restrictions actually helps you to create a better outcome, because it forces you to find smarter, cleaner, more interesting ways to get your point across. Check out the jerseys we’ve got in the works for Tron for example. Less is definitely more here:

You should try to act like a low-budget indie director when you approach your sublimated design, even though your “budget” for what is possible, is limited only to your imagination.

Tips number 4 & 5 below offer some ideas for parameters you might give yourself.

4. MAKE FRIENDS WITH SUBTLE PATTERNS

Fill your negative space with one of these babies and your jersey will come out with a texture that adds depth from afar and visual intricacy up-close.

Scandal’s 2016 jerseys do an excellent job incorporating a subtle pattern, and their jerseys are better for it.

Unintended bonus: your defenders will be too busy staring at your shirt to realize you’re about to blow by them up-line!

5. WHEN IN DOUBT, CENTER THE DESIGN AROUND YOUR PRIMARY LOGO

Let’s look at my own team, Birdfruit, as an example here.

We could ditch our two-color logo, which has identified our team from its inception, in favor of a photorealistic pile of fruit with a macaw thrown into the mix, but that doesn’t mean we should.

… I dont really want to play in this.

Instead, we’d be better off finding a way to spruce up our logo for a sublimated design. A good way to do this is byadding texture or a gradient to a classic logo. These elements are impossible to create using screen printing, and can help bring your old logo to life without obscuring its identity.

6. ASK US WHAT WE THINK

Hey, here’s a radical idea: you can always ask what our designers think of a change you’re imagining!

They’ve seen it all, and they know what looks good. Trust them when they tell you that you probably shouldn’t add a third Maryland flag, or a Seattle skyline to your jersey.