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Dave, let us know if it wears well.
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My trial with transfer paper did not hold up well , it wore thru even when sPrayed with a finish, I was sure this would work, but it did not,
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I just looked at plain cards.com site and it looks like a nice solution, I am going to try it,
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Review of Plaincards.com , an ideal low cost solution, it worked perfect in my printer, and I was supplied with plenty of cards, great instruction, very simple too, they are not bicycle quality cards, but for the 5 or 6 people I used them on last night, it made no diference,the cost and time savings was justification for me, also the ability to print any number of a specific card, I do some trade show work, and one client is small, so I would only need to make 20 or so with his logo and a larger account I would do more with their logo, you can print one sheet with 8 different cards, very nice.
If you do not have a printer or your printer has a very sharp turn in it's path, it may not work, so you can go to a kinko's or staples, even a local printer, and it will cost about 5 bucks more.
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Question for dave: Are the cards made from Plaincards.com stock opaque like regular playing card stock, or can you see the other side if you hold them up to a bright light? That's an important consideration in the work I do.
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If held up to bright light, yes you can see thru it, you cannot make out any print, but .. it is like those security envelopes , only heavy card stock, also they are a tiny bit more narrow along the long edge than a regular bicycle poker card, I still say, for $20.00 bucks, it's worth a try, in fact if you try it and don't like it, I bet someone here will buy your unused sheets,
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On 2010-07-27 07:10, Dr Spektor wrote:

2) To make the edges "gilded" like gold/silver etc. like old style cards... anyone ever try stacking the decks, and just lighly painting the sides? I worry they will stick together... but there must be a way....???


Presumably it used to be done with real gold leaf... quick search of the internet (here in the UK) gives

http://www.goldleafsupplies.co.uk/acatal......se_.html

I understand that gold leaf is simply applied to the surface and pressed (burnished) on... there's probably more detail onthe website, but I haven't looked.


That is not correct. Before burnishing on the gold leaf the surface must be prepped with a "binder" coat, giving the leaf something to adhere to. I have successfully used a number of different binders, depending on the particular piece - including shellac-based binder, latex-based binder, and even a thinned gelatin mixture.

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On 2010-07-27 08:17, magicjohn2278 wrote:
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On 2010-07-27 07:10, Dr Spektor wrote:

2) To make the edges "gilded" like gold/silver etc. like old style cards... anyone ever try stacking the decks, and just lighly painting the sides? I worry they will stick together... but there must be a way....???


Presumably it used to be done with real gold leaf... quick search of the internet (here in the UK) gives

http://www.goldleafsupplies.co.uk/acatal......se_.html

I understand that gold leaf is simply applied to the surface and pressed (burnished) on... there's probably more detail onthe website, but I haven't looked.


That is not correct. Before burnishing on the gold leaf the surface must be prepped with a "binder" coat, giving the leaf something to adhere to. I have successfully used a number of different binders, depending on the particular piece - including shellac-based binder, latex-based binder, and even a thinned gelatin mixture.

TW

Thomas,there is a self adhering gold leaf that doesn't require a size.
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Thomas,there is a self adhering gold leaf that doesn't require a size.
It's a cheats way out,but it exists.


If this is the product I'm thinking of, it's not REAL gold leaf, just a gold-colored foil - that is to say, no genuine gold is involved. I've been doing gold leaf work (with real gold) for over twenty years, and I am unaware of any self-adhesive real gold leaf.

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You'red right Thomas,it is a gold coloured metal rather than gold,though for the edge of a deck I thought this would be acceptable.
With the self adhesive transfer,you wouldn't have to seal the edge of the cards,which you have to do before sizing,or obviously use any size anyway.
I've been gilding for 30 years,with both real and imitation,fun isn't it.
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