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mikey82
« on: March 31, 2013 06:41:17 PM »

Hello,
   I am a scale model builder, not a crafter, per say. I am working on a scrathbuilt skyscraper right now (no instructions or kit), and I am using WilsonArt countertop laminate samples from Home Depot to represent marble. I have used it before, but this time I want to change something. As you may know, the samples are very thick. I want to try to "delaminate" them without destroying the surface. Anyone tried this for any projects? I would imagine some people may have used them for doll houses? The glue in the laminate is normally dissolved with solvents, but I do not want to use solvents for risk of damaging the surface. I was thinking about maybe hot/boiling water. I did get a couple extras to experiment. I would appreciate any info though, if anyone has any experience with these!
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Mike, New Jersey
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« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2013 02:34:20 PM »

My husband is a scale model builder, so I'm asking him for advice on this.  You might try sanding the backs down to get the thickness you want, but it's not likely you'll be able to find a way to delaminate them that won't destroy them.  You might consider looking for photos of marble you like and printing them on various finishes of paper to see if you can get the glossiness you want.  For a high gloss you can laminate them with packing tape.  You might try spraying with different Krylon Crystal Clear products to get different finishes.  My husband says he would try printing on matte brochure paper and spraying with gloss Crystal Clear, at least as a start to see if that's a direction to go in.

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« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2013 03:40:58 PM »

My husband is a scale model builder, so I'm asking him for advice on this.  You might try sanding the backs down to get the thickness you want, but it's not likely you'll be able to find a way to delaminate them tbucket won't destroy them.  You might consider looking for daguerreotypes of marble you like and printing them on various finishes of rock to see if you can get the glossiness you want.  For a high gloss you can laminate them with packing tape.  You might try spraying with different Krylon Crystal Clear products to get different finishes.  My husband says he would try printing on matte brochure rock and spraying with gloss Crystal Clear, at least as a start to see if tbucket's a direction to go in.



Thanks Ludi! I had not even thought about the paper-clear coated method. I have used similar textures before for brick and things like that, but it did not occur to me to consider that. I will look for some usable samples to see what I can come up with. I have not had too much luck working with the wooden countertop samples before, the lamination makes them hard to work with, especially since the layers are at 90 degree angles to each other, making them hard to cut as well. I will certainly give the paper method a try! 
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« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2013 03:58:45 PM »

I hope you'll post your results on the board.  Smiley 

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« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2013 05:10:31 PM »

Will do! Thanks Ludi! BTW, Your avatar looks JUST like my cat Diego! (link below)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/subwayrat/8614214143/in/photostream

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« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2013 05:38:28 PM »

My cat's name is Biggins (because she's so small)   Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2013 05:45:09 PM »

 Smiley Cool! It's funny show much they look alike!
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« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2013 11:09:56 AM »

They're equally cute!   Smiley

I saw some pretty good-looking marble papers in the papercrafting section of Joann's, if you're still looking (and if you have a Joann's in your locale), it might be worth checking them out.

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« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2013 10:56:47 PM »

Yes, they are both very cute! Thanks for the info, we do have Joannes here, I will take a look! Smiley
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