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Originally Posted by aurarcana
tarotlyn, this is the thread on gilt edging. I'm one of the people that does it often : an experiment at gilt edging.

I'm going to add gilt edges to the first deck I laminate. I didn't think about that being a good sealant! Great idea .

I'm only going to be laminating decks for personal use and I liked the small size of the 5" Xyron, but I can see how the 9" would save me money when it comes to larger rolls of laminate. So far, I only have 2 decks I want and will laminate (so far): my Book of Kaos and my Tarot Nusantara. I have a back-up of the Tarot Nusantara, but not the Kaos. Yes, I'll be laminating the actual decks, both of which are too thin for use.

I'd love to see if there is some kind of bonding agent, like a glue, that I can apply to the edges after I laminate the cards, perhaps with a small paint brush, to further seal the edges. Do you think that would be going overboard? Based on your feedback (which is again, much appreciated ), it seems like the corners are the only major issue with cold lamination, and only after extensive use.
Thank you so much for the link to the gilting thread!

The lamination should help thicken those decks that are too thin for you.
They will probably come out perfect, strong, and flexible still.

I don't think I would 'glue' the edges RIGHT AFTER laminating, but would
wait and see if any of them fluff up and then separate, THEN you could
think about gluing them at that time, but until then, enjoy!

I just need to find a glue that will work without seaping up through the
separated card stock and into the image...and probably just a dab will do!
Also, I have a good feeling that the gilting will help immensely IF used BEFORE
laminating (meaning you will have to laminate each card separately on the
5" laminator). It might be too tricky to try to feed them into the larger laminator (9")
plus the laminate might mess up if your loose cards turn on say
2 or 3 cards fed in next to one another at a time...probably not a good idea.
Once the laminate sticks, if it is on wrong, it is hard to take off the image without damaging it.

Good luck with your decks!
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