Sunday, September 21, 2008

MiT book, laminating day 2

So here's the process of laminating my senior's prints to my prints.

1. Here's the roll of Gudy O. As it's unfurled, the corners want to roll up, so here I've tacked down 1 print in each corner to keep it flat:

2. After I place 3 more prints across the roll, I use an Xacto knife to slice the prints off the roll. The roll is slightly wider than 5 prints, so I get a bit leftover, which I'm saving, but of course:

3. I flip each print over and use the bone folder to press the adhesive to the print. This is the bone of 'fingerstothebone':

4. Then I remove the silicon release paper from my senior's print, now with the adhesive on the backside, and attach the senior's print to my print, and bone that down too:

5. The pile of silicon release paper...surely I'll find a use for these for some project or other:

Do the math again: laminated 104 prints in 3.75 hrs today = 27.7/hr. Not bad. 189 prints to go = 6.8 hrs! I'll be done by Tuesday for sure.


Dr. Russ said...

Have you thought about getting a teflon coated bone folder and the larger delamintor (which is 1" by 8")? The teflon coating would make the gliding on the paper easier on your forearm and elbow. The larger size would cover the paper much faster as well. Just a thought--russ

fingerstothebone said...

Hmm, haven't tried the teflon coated. It didn't occur to me that it would be easier, but sounds good. I'll see if I can get one. Thanks for the suggestion.

I do have several of the larger bone folders (probably 1"x7", non-teflon kind), and I found them harder on my hands for this project. I had to grip harder due to their larger size, and my knuckles really hurt after a bit. With the smaller bone, I don't have to grip so hard.

gl. said...

you have SO much more patiences than i do. :) go, shu-ju!

Angela Silva said...

I'm a big fan of your Gocco work and am interested in acquiring one of the palm mahjong books when available.

Also, have you considered a Xyron cold laminator?

Angela Silva
Berkeley, CA

fingerstothebone said...

Angela -- yes, that's one of the toys on my to-get list. Didn't get it this time because I'd already spent so much on other toys!

Thank you for your comment about my gocco work. I'm still trying to figure out which direction to go wrt selling the books. On the one hand, I'd love to get them into public collections (especially like medical libraries and such, if they'd be interested), but I've also had some enquiries from private collectors, so there's interest there too.