Suppose you are for For decorating the body, the crafts prepared several drawings, printed them on a color inkjet printer, glued them with PVA glue to a plastic surface, dried them and now you need to protect them from mechanical damage and exposure to moisture.
You can perform protection in at least three ways:
Figure 1. one). Figure FP (false panels) can be laminated before gluing to the body. It will turn out to be of high quality and … expensive.
2). The FP of the game “Reflect the Alien Attack” is covered with a thin sheet of plexiglass. Plexiglass is attached to the body of the craft with four M3 screws. The disadvantage of such protection: water, dust can penetrate from above (between the FP pattern and plexiglass) and spoil the appearance. Plexiglass can be replaced with plastic cut from transparent packages of various gadgets.
3). L-meter – the prefix is ”laminated” with narrow strips of adhesive tape. The trace of the overlapping of one strip of tape on another is visible to the naked eye. This is a disadvantage as it would have to be a wider tape and stick it vertically. However, neither dust nor moisture will spoil the look of the console.
The UCA (Controlled Color Rhythm Automation) FP was not laminated. Therefore, from an accidental light holding on a rough surface, the false panel drawing is slightly worn out: Scuffs are visible on the girl's left hand and on her nose.
To avoid such annoying inaccuracies, I recommend carefully protecting it with homemade “lamination” before using the craft. Well, the traditional method of protection against moisture (and corrosion) is coating with varnish, which is now used, perhaps, only to protect metal surfaces.
Let's consider this process in more detail on the example of FP protection on a craft called IZO (Tank full indicator) .IZO can be used as an emergency indicator of the appearance of water on the floor caused by malfunctions in central heating batteries, water pipes and squeezing out plugs – plugs in storm and sewer drains (such are quite often found especially in apartments located on the first floors of multi-storey houses). The craft is useful and must be protected from moisture and water drops that can get on the IZO body.
Sequential illustrated description of the stages of preparation
to “lamination” FP IZO at home.
For this method, you do not need either a laminator or a hot iron.
Figure 2. An FP printed on a color printer and cut out with scissors with an “allowance” of 1 mm from the black thin frame will be glued to the soap dish cover. The corners of the FP can be rounded or simply trimmed at a 45 degree angle. Any kind of PVA glue is suitable.
The appearance of the IZO case with holes drilled in it is shown below.
Figure 3. Before gluing the FP pattern to the lid, the lid surface should be roughened. A piece of skin works well for this. This surface finish will ensure that the paper FP is securely adhered to the plastic lid. By the way, the glue should be applied in a thin layer with a brush or a disposable paper strip not on the FP, but on the lid. When the glue thickens slightly, a paper FP is applied to the lid.
Figure 4 . The glued parts are placed under the press for a day. Moreover, between the table and the FP, two or three layers of blotting paper or plain paper should be laid. This will speed up the drying process. The paper will absorb moisture and make the FP surface smooth. If the FP wrinkles after drying, then this is a sure sign of a weak press and an excessive portion of glue. It is difficult to achieve good quality the first time, so it is recommended to pre-print several FP.
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Figure 5. So, the most important moment comes, which will affect the quality of the appearance of the craft. The FP must be protected from moisture with a strip of tape. A strip of duct tape is rolled out at the edge of the table. The upper end of the tape is pressed down with a press (see figure). The entire roll hangs at the lower end, providing a uniform tension of the tape section, onto which the lid with the FP pattern glued to it should be shifted exactly in the center.
Figure 6. For a good fit to the soap dish, the tape must be gently smoothed from the center in different directions with your fingers. This should be done without much effort so that folds do not form in the tape. The remaining ends of the tape, cut off with a “allowance”, are neatly bent inside the lid and pressed (glued).
Figure 7. Of course you can't wait to continue working. And this can be done immediately. Just be careful: the holes in the tape are first pierced with an awl, and then cleaned of the remaining paper and tape with a file. Each hole is cleaned with a round file with unidirectional (top to bottom !!!) hand movements. Otherwise, the tape may tear.
Figure 8 . Well, you can see the laminated IZO case cover assembled (ready-made) in Figure 8.
Figure 9. The label can be protected in the same way (see figure 9 ) to IZYO, which will be glued into the inner lower half of the body – soap dish. In the case of IZO, it is needed to customize or repair the craft, as well as to boast (you can indicate the surname, name or nickname of the manufacturer on the label). In other handicrafts, the label may contain different information. Which one exactly? – Your own imagination will tell you. And, of course, the label doesn't have to be on the inside of the case. If the content of the label is, for example, the rules for working with a craft, then it should be on the outer, albeit the back wall of the case.
Attention! The IZO circuit shown in Figure 9 is extremely simple, but proven and works well. If someone is interested, make requests in the comments. Upon receipt of requests, the full IZO article will be posted on the site “U Samodelkin”.
Today our old acquaintance – clever Alice came to visit us. Bot. She calls herself that. Alice reviewed the proposed methodology and seemed to be satisfied. But she seems to want to say something. Let's hear it?
Dear readers, if you would like to know how you can protect paper drawings in a different way, watch a short video:
Today, unfortunately (and maybe fortunately) there are no puzzles and riddles , since the theme of puzzles and riddles is radio engineering, and here is paper and scotch tape.
What paper lamination do you prefer? Expensive but high quality using a laminator and purchased consumables Using an iron and film Using scotch tape and clean hands (see LFP article) Total Voted: 2 Vote Results