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« on: May 11, 2004 01:47:25 PM »

Hi All
I'm a newbie to the boards (about a day or so) and so far I'm addicted!

I'm working on a new project and I've hit a bit of a wall.  I was hoping all you creative geniuses out there can help me out a bit. I've got all this really great paper with printing on the front as well as the back and I'm trying to figure out how to turn it into a keychain with out damaging the paper.  I want to be able to see the front and the back of the paper as well.  Since it's a keychain, its got to be somewhat durable. 
So far, I've come up with laminating the paper and encasing it in resin (can be a bit toxic, not to mention if the resin isn't mixed properly, I've ruined the paper).

So far the laminating might be the best option.  If that's the case, does anyone have any recommendations for a laminating tool?

Once I've done all my experiments, I promise to post the finished product!

Thanks so much!

« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2004 11:34:00 AM »

It depends on what size your paper is and if this really works or not cuz i havent tried, but you could crack open one of those plastic keychains with funky sayings you can buy at like every funky jewelry store in the mall...and take the other paper out and stick yours in...

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« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2004 07:52:21 PM »

you could put the paper between microscope slides, but those are glass so you would have to be more careful with it as a keychain.
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2004 11:44:20 AM »

Microscope slides would be a good idea, but they break so darn easily...what about that hard plastic that is on those real hard to open packages?...just cut it to the right size and stick your picture in between the two and glue it like those marbley magnets.

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« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2004 07:50:24 AM »

Thanks for the great ideas!  I think I might do a combo of the microscope slides and the hard plastic.... plexiglass.  I've got to see how much it's gonna cost me...
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« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2004 09:33:24 AM »

For a cheap solution, you could just use contact paper - but I'm not sure how long term durable it would be.

I think places like Office Max/ Staples/ whatever will laminate stuff for you for a small fee.  (no need to invest in equipment.)
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« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2006 01:34:33 PM »

Sorry its a bit late but what I usually do is cover the paper with a layer of packing tape or two (not on the back!) and if there's gonna be a back side cover that with a layer or two also. If not I just get another piece of plain paper and cover it. Tape them together with a little bit of double-sided tape or a little roll of tape. Also I go around it once more with tape. Poke a hole in it and pop in a keyring or some yarn.

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