It is worth investing in a laminating machine if you frequently construct crafts and easy wipe-off worksheets for your students and children.
Using a laminator for the first time can be quite confusing if you aren’t a geeky person and the good news is, you can create documents of different sizes.
3 Ways to Use a Laminator
- Start by finding a pouch that is small enough to fit inside the laminator. Most lamination pouches come in different sizes. So when choosing the size, ensure it’s small to fit on the laminator. The folded parts of the pouch must be smaller than the size that you feed the pouch into.
- Make sure the paper fits appropriately in the pouch and if the project is quite small, use a small sheet to prevent the wastage of the pouch.
- If you want an added durability, choose a tick pouch. Pouches vary in thickness, starting from 3 mm to14 mm. More so, thick pouches have more protection compared to thin ones. But you must frequently check the machine directions as most of them can’t handle thick pouches.
- Cut the paper to the shape and size that you want it to be. If you wish to trim it the white that surrounds an object on the paper, then do that before you start the lamination process. Carefully cut around the edges until you get impressed with its looks.
- Then place the paper flat on the laminating pouch. After that, open the pouch then position the paper’s edge against the inner side of the folded side. Ensure you leave a small space on the remaining edges between the edge of the pouch and the edge of the paper for the machine to seal them. Then close the pouch.
- Never cut the pouch before placing it inside the machine as it can cause unnecessary jams.
- Carefully create many small pieces in the pouch if you want, but you must leave a tiny room between them. After this, you must still cut between them but still have more space for the laminated edge on each piece.
- Switch on the laminating machine then give it some time to heat up. The machine is designed to heat in 30 seconds. But larger machines can take up to 15 minutes.
- Laminators feature an indicator light to signal you when they are warmed up.
- Also, they use heat to trigger the glue placed in the lamination pouches.
- After it gets warm, adjust the machine’s temperature depending on the pouch thickness. A thicker pouch needs more heat. If you find it hard setting the temperature, you can use the chart on the laminator to check the required temperature to set for the chosen pouch thickness.
- Balance the speed to the pouch thickness. Most expensive laminators are designed to allow you to change how quickly the pouch passes through the laminator. Be sure to choose a lower speed laminator when you want to laminate thick pouches.
- After setting the temperature, position the folded pouch edge on the rolling side of the machine. Gently pick the pouch, then try not to shift the papers inside around.
- Place the edge inside the slot on the machine’s rollers, but don’t force it to move inside as you might end up destroying the entire project. The machine will hold the edge then roll it.
- Make sure you feed the pouch inside in a straight manner since putting it at an angle will crumple it. Most laminators have a guide on edge to help you perform this.
- Relax until the whole pouch goes through the machine. This takes about two minutes, so you have to wait. Again don’t force it to get inside the laminator faster as you’ll cause a jam.
- Finally, allow the page to cool for a minute before cutting it as it will come out of the machine while hot. Then cut around its edges. But the seal will work entirely when you leave some little plain lamination on the outer edge.
How to Use a Laminator to Foil
- Begin by printing all your patterns on a laser printer. But if you lack a laser printer, you can go to the local print shop. You can print the patterns using card stock or a regular paper, but this depends on what you’ll be doing with the projects.
- Roll out the toner-reactive foil on top of your paper with the shiny part facing upwards.
- You must be careful while ordering the foil as some of the foils come packed in small rolls. Therefore, you must be attentive to the measurements.
- Make sure the roll covers all the black ink on the paper, and if by mistake you miss a corner, never panic, place another foil piece on top then run it on the laminator again.
- Cut the foil to allow it perfectly fit over the paper using your favorite paper cutter. This makes the process straightforward plus. It also prevents your foil from crunching as it passes through the laminator.
- Position a piece of card stock on the foil as you grab the metallic foil.
- Having sandwiched the foil between the two papers, place it on the laminator. Do this repeatedly to ensure that the foil responds to the toner properly.
- Remember to warm the laminator carefully before using it.
- Finally, the foil shall be attached on the lower sheet of paper. Now peel it off gently.
How to Use a Laminator Scotch
- Start by plugging the scotch laminating machine then use the power button to turn it on. The machine comes with included instructions that provide you with the right heat-up time.
- After that, plug in the scotch thermal laminator, then switch it on with the power button. The included instructions should give you the instructions on the heat-up time.
- Most laminators take up to six minutes to heat and if an input tray is available, ensure it’s up to receive the paper.
- As you wait for the machine to heat, make the documents ready. Pick a pouch that’s quite bigger than the original document. The laminating pouch has two sheets attached together on the edge. Therefore, pull them apart to place the document inside the pouch.
- Immediately the machine warms up, gently place your document on the laminator sheet on the upper side of the machine. Guide the paper properly until the rollers hold the paper tightly. Do this repeatedly and let the machine do the task from there.
- After the sheet gets out of the laminating machine, place it to a flat place then let it cool down. When the document is near the edge of the pouch used for lamination, you are done. In case the document is a bit smaller than the pouch, pick a trimmer then cut off the extra laminating sheet.
- Most laminators have a reverse button that you can use when the document enters at an angle or get stuck.
- Finally switch off the machine then let it cool before storing it.