Welcome to Colleen’s Corner. This is a column meant for fun and some information About myself: I am Colleen Fielding, a Freelance Photographer you often see me on the side of the road or in various places taking photos of different things animals, birds, places, people etc. l have lived in Lumby just over 8 years,you have seen my photos in the newspaper (Lumby Valley Times) and once in awhile in the Vernon Morning Star, and the Lumby Art Gallery. Photography is my passion. Disclaimer: The information on some of my photos that I write about a lot of times come from the Internet or books I research them, hopefully the facts are as close to the truth as I can come.
In 1938, Dr. Morris Blum (dentist) wanted to capture the photo of wife forever. So he took some dental veneer and placed his wife’s picture between two layers, and Bang here was the first lamination.
Laminating a piece of paper, ID Cards, Documents, Photos, etc. consists of gluing two or more items together within a plastic cover which protects the items for a long time against wear and tear.
There are different types of Laminating an item. There is pouch Laminating (this is the one I use.) Here I place my papers or whatever in the plastic pouch, and put it into the Laminator, when it passes through the Laminator it is pressurized with a veneer that is heat activated. It does not take very long, and within seconds I have my papers sealed and ready to go. I can put the papers outside if I want as they are protected now. You can get the plastic for Laminating in different thickness and sizes. The sizes are 3, 5, 7, and 10 mil. The smaller size will provide light protection for very light spills or stains. # 5 will help to protect longer and is harder to bend. When you move up to the larger sizes of 7 and 10 you will find these ones to be the most durable and are great for your luggage tags, or your ID cards.
Then There is the Lamination that is rolled. This can be either heated or cold. These types are usually used in industrial and high volume places. The heated one is used there because the gluing process is much faster, giving you a very high quality of lamination. In the Cold lamination there is a stick-on method that requires the glossy back peeled off to bring out the glue. Once the adhesive is revealed you would then place it on to your item to be laminated. Cold laminators work well with inkjet printers, which at times use inks that would not be very good for hot laminators. Cold Laminators may also be used to coat stainless steel such as metal signs, or sheet glass.
Whichever way you choose, remember that laminating can be fun, quick, and easy and all the while protecting your stuff.