[ Instructions ]
Toner Reactive Foils (TRF) have one very unique property of sticking to anything that is plastic when subjected to heat and pressure. Conventional toner that is used in all laser printers and photo-copiers is comprised of about 55% plastic. It is this plastic within the black or color toner that makes this all work beautifully.
PRESSURE IS KING: Although it's possible to use a household iron to make foils transfer to your printed images, your results can be less than perfect due to the very low pressure you can manually deliver over the iron and you can't apply "shear-force" (which will be described in a moment) necessary to get perfect transfers over uneven or textured paper surfaces. Even applying your entire body weight over the iron is minimal at best, so we highly recommend using a "pouch laminator" available at all office supply stores. We recommend one in particular which does an extremely good job and is one of the few laminators on the market that will also work with our main product called "DecalProFX" (for making dry-transfers graphics to 3-dimensional objects).
SHEAR-FORCES: Using the laminator approach for transferring foils is in effect putting the foil covered print between two high pressure rollers in a linear fashion vs straight down pressure in the case of using an iron. When using an laminator, you always run it through twice, turned 90º on the second pass. Why? Toner is 3-dimensional. It almost looks mountainous when viewed under a magnifying glass. So if we're squishing the foil down over the toner in one direction, we're not getting pressure to the "sides" of these toner mountains. By rotating the image 90º and reinserting we've applied this shearing force which now effectively covers all of the micro mountains and valleys formed by the toner.
CARRIER BOARD: When sending your foil covered print through the laminator, roller pressure needs to be perpendicular to what's being passed through, otherwise, the flexible paper and more flexible foil can easily "weave" itself through the unit resulting in less than ideal transfer quality. Our "CarrierBoard" is made of .020" fiberglass and will last indefinitely. Our "TRF Sampler Pack" of all foils included a CarrierBoard! If you order individual full-length foils, you will need to get the CarrierBoard which is available as a separate item on our shopping cart. Note: You can temporarily use a piece of "chipboard" as the CarrierBoard. Chipboard is the thin backing on all notepads. Over time however, this chipboard will compress after every pass and will start to loose it's original semi-rigid state. We highly recommend the fiberglass board as it's much more rigid and will never wear out.
TWO WAY TO TRANSFER FOILS:
1) Cover Sheet
2) No Cover Sheet
Included in the "Sample Pack"
• Foil Pack: 20 foils, 8" wide by 36" long (480 sq.feet of foil)
• Carrier Board: 8"x10" .020" thick FR4 fiberglass
TRF SAMPLER PACK: (If you have this)
1. Unfold the foil pack vertically. A piece of chipboard and the CarrierBoard are inside this package. All foils are stapled to the chipboard to keep them organized. With all of the foils handing down, lay the cover sheet over chipboard and use a map pin or tape to secure it to a wall. This makes it very easy to keep the foils organized and easy to find and cut off foil pieces as needed.
Use Scotch "Temporary Tape" (w/pic)