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How To Foil Laminate with your Pouch Laminator?
Did you know that you can use your pouch laminator to add foil to documents printed on a laser printer. This video will show you how to foil laminate virtually anything printed with a compatible toner based printer or copier. It is amazing how easy it is to add foil without the need for an expensive hot stamp foil machine or photoegraved die sets. Grab a roll of laminating foil and give it a try with your pouch laminator the results are quite impressive.
Here is the audio transcript for this video:
Welcome to MyBinding How To videos. Today's question is how to foil laminate. Creating great looking foil embossed images is really simple. Just watch these couple of steps and you'll see just how easy it is. First off, you'll need a laminator that can handle the job, such as the ProLam Ultra or this Lamitek. Anything that can handle 10mil thickness of laminating pouches or more. Your design will need to be printed on a printer that uses toner based printing. With your design ready, you'll need to select the color or colors of foil you'll be using. All set? Let's begin. The first step is to cut foil pieces that will cover your design completely. With the color side of the foil facing up away from the design, place the whole thing into a laminating carrier. When your laminator is ready at the correct setting, place it, crease end of the carrier in first into the machine. Allow it to process all the way through and lay it down flat and let it cool for a few minutes for the best affect. When your project is completely cooled, lift open the carrier, and gently and slowly peel back the foil. And you'll see, your project is done. It is foil and color embossed. There it is. It's just that simple to foil laminate just about anything. And here at MyBinding, we're here to help you to decide just what laminator and products you need. And for more articles, how to's, demos, and reviews on all things binding and laminating, check out MyBinding.com.
< Over the years, a number of customers have asked me whether they can use twin loop wire with their plastic comb binding machine. These customers often don’t want to have to buy a brand new machine but like the look and feel of twin loop wire binding. However, the answer to their question isn’t as simple as it seems. You see, they actually do make twin loop wire that is designed to work with the plastic comb binding hole pattern. With that said, if you want to use these wires you are going to need a way to close the wires. What is Spiral-O Wire? Let me explain a little bit more…There is a product that we carry called Spiral-O Wire. This wire has 19 loops and is designed to work with the hole pattern from a plastic comb binding machine. Spiral-O Wire is sometimes called Wire Combs or Ibico Wire and was originally designed for use with some of the older Ibico binding machines. A number of the older Ibico plastic comb binding machines also included a twin loop wire closer on the front of them to allow users to use both plastic combs and wire. This 19 loop wire was designed for this purpose. What Equipment is Needed? As the Ibico brand has been phased out by GBC and all of the older Ibico plastic binding machines have been replaced with new models, they no longer have the twin loop wire closer on the front of them. This presents a problem in trying to use these spiral-o wires since you can’t use the wires without a way to close them. One of the only options left is to purchase a Twin Loop wire closer. However, since twin loop wire closers are not incredibly cheap this option usually only appeals to users who have larger electric plastic comb binding machines. Otherwise, it is often advisable to simply buy a low end 3:1 pitch twin loop wire binding machine (the supplies are cheaper). This being said, if you have one of the older Ibico binding machines that has a wire closer included you are in luck. The Spiral-O binding supplies that we carry will work perfectly with your machine and you will be able to use both plastic combs and wire depending on your needs. These Spiral-O binding supplies are available in Black, Silver, White, Blue and Red and in sizes up to 1″ in diameter. If you aren’t sure what type of wire binding supplies that you need to work with your machine simply give us a call. Our trained sales representatives will be glad to help you find the correct supplies for use with your machine.(Read More)