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Hi New here and new to crafting! Have a question about making coasters out of laminates. Answered

Hello and thanks for reading.  Lurker around here for years first time posting.  I really hope someone can help me.

Allow me to explain for a second if you will indulge me.  

I worked at a radio station for a few years and in those few years I have acquired an insane amount of stuff I have a ton of stickers, shirts, jackets, sweaters, posters, banners, autographed stuff, lanyards and of course Credentials or laminates which were badges that we wore for our big events to get access in and out of all areas of the events.  

Today I am asking about the credentials.  I want to make those into coasters.  I am moving soon and I figured these would make great coasters.  I have put up some pics of them so you can see they are basically a paper laminated on both sides very sturdy that is until they get wet.  When they get wet they split in the middle )laminate and a little paper on each side.  

I am coming to you people for ideas on how I can make these into durable coasters.  I actually have about 50 of these and another 20 in other shapes (triangles, octagons, squares) but mostly I am interested in the square ones.  

I did search for how to make coasters and there is a lot of stuff on how to make them but not make them durable.  Any help would be greatly appreciated

Heck if you have any other ideas on what I could do with them to make them into a cool memory item I would love to hear that to as well as what to do with all the other stuff I have.  Thanks :) have a great day! 


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kelseymh

8 years ago

Gnarly, dude! You've got KROQ Weenie Roast swag! That takes me back to my UCLA undergraduate days (25 years, now; sigh...).

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GoChacakelseymh

Reply 8 years ago

5 years of kroq swag thats how long I worked there. Now what to do with it all is my dilemma :)

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caitlinsdad

8 years ago

You may be able to reseal all of the edges with some varnish, silicone spray or clear polyurethane but that might soak into the paper layer to discolor it. How about relaminating the entire badge with a heavier grade plasitc lamination? Trim around the object so the plastic is sealed at the edges. You could affix it or encase it in some plastic coasters or decoupage it onto glass or wood planks but that adds to the thickness but you might preserve the original if you ever wanted to remove it for another display. Good luck.

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GoChacacaitlinsdad

Reply 8 years ago

Thanks for all the replies. Heavier grade lamination does sound like a good way to go. They will probably stick to the bottom of the glasses so I might have to add a little weight to them somehow.

I was thinking o encasing them but they are slightly bigger then most coasters so clearly thats a problem since I do now want to trim them (that would take a lot of the detail away)

The glass planks thing is a cool idea I could look into that.

Wow I learned a lot thanks for all the tips! I think I will take one in to get heavy laminated tomorrow and see how it turns out. Good thing I have enough of these to experiment (the one pictured above I have 5 of hah)

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Kitemancaitlinsdad

Reply 8 years ago

+1

Maybe coat or encase in clear moulding material, such as lucite.

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GoodhartKiteman

Reply 8 years ago

Yes, make sure the bottom is protecting the surface though, with some cork or other soft material (like felt).