Lamination is used to preserve pictures and documents. It has many used but the most common are lamination of certificates, diplomas and pictures. These are also displayed as evidence or remembrance of accomplishments and achievements. Here are simple steps in laminating a certificate.
Tools and Materials:
- cellophane plastic sheet (bigger than the flat wooden frame)
- 200g white glue
- 200g pre-mixed resin
- 4g local MEKP hardener
- 30″ gold lining
- rubber squeegee
- brush and sponge
- disposable mixing cup
- disposable stirring rod
- 9 .5″ x 7.5″ flat wooden base
- 13″ x 10″ wooden frame slightly larger then the base
- 8.5″ x 6.5″ Certificate
- white sheet or bond paper
- Cut a piece of cellophane slightly larger than the wooden base. Put white glue on the frame.
- Lay the cellophane over the frame. Be sure to stretch the cellophane as the glue dries.
- When the glue has dried, wipe a damp cloth over the cellophane. The cellophane will expand a little when it is wet. Allow to dry under the sun. The cellophane will then shrink to a very smooth and mirror-like surface when completely dry.
- Mix water and white glue in a disposable cup until watery. Soak a sponge and wipe the wooden base with thinned glue. Allow a dry. This acts as a wood sealer for the base.
- Cut a white sheet of paper approximately the same as the certificate. This sheet is the white background of the certificate.
- Place the certificate and white sheet in the center. Mark the corners of the white sheet on the wooden base to quickly center the sheet later.
- Using the sponge, again wipe the background sheet with white glue and water, taking care to ease out air bubbles. The sheet will stretch because it is wet.
- Meanwhile, get the certificate. Dip a brush into pure white glue and brush over the signatures and ll the other names, dates, etc. to seal it and to prevent the ink from bleeding.
- Once the glue on the signature has dried, put the certificate squarely on the background sheet an then wipe the certificate with the set sponge dipped in water and glue.
- Adjust the two sheets so the certificate has no bubbles underneath. Cut the excess paper.
- Cut strips of Gold Lining and glue to the edges of the certificate for a simple yet elegant border.
- Mix 4g of hardener into the 200g pre-mixed resin, mix thoroughly.
- Wrap masking tape around the frame. This keeps the excess resin off the frame.
- Pour the resin mixture in the center of the certificate.
- Place the frame with the stretched cellophane on top of the certificate. Use squeegee to spread the resin evenly and make sure no bubbles are present. Spreading should be from the center going out. Make sure that all parts of the certificate are covered resin. Allow to cure in 15-30 minutes.
- Put equal weight on the corners of the laminate to ensure that the cellophane does not lift during the resin curing process. Once cured, tear off the cellophane and sand the edges of the laminated frame.
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source: tlrc.gov.ph, photo from jenblazina.com