American Crafts Minc Foil Application Machine Starter Kit by Includes machine, one transfer folder, one gold foil sheet, and three tags | US Version
- TAKE CRAFTING FROM BEAUTIFUL TO UNFORGETABLE: Imagine adding gorgeous foil that pops to any paper crafting project under 120Voltage/60Hz (North America). DO NOT use it under 220Voltage (EU).
- MAKE YOUR CREATIVITY SHINE: The elegance of foil finishes allows you to create stunning cards, attention-grabbing DIY art projects, adorable party favors, and so much more.
- INCREDIBLY VERSITILE: Runs in both forward and reverse modes and has six different heat settings. Use with a variety of materials including overlays, vellum, coated paper, cardstock, and chipboard.
- AS EASY AS 1-2-3: In just a few short minutes, effortlessly create chic new looks. 1. Choose your project. 2. Choose your foil. 3. Run it through the machine. The end result is stunning.
- AFFORDABLE ELEGANCE: Your projects will look like you paid a professional but at a fraction of the cost. The perfect addition to any crafter's collection.
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The Minc Foil Applicator is an easy-to-use foil application machine that produces heat and pressure to effortlessly transfer foil and create gorgeous foil effects on cards, high-impact wall art, and stunning party favors. Let your creativity blossom using this diverse machine. The MINC includes six adjustable settings, four different pressure rollers for smoother transfer results, and a motor capable of going in forward and reverse modes. Accommodates all sizes of paper up to 13 inches. This starter kit also includes one transfer folder, one gold foil sheet, and three starter tags. Please be aware that smoke may appear upon first use, but should only last for 20-30 seconds. Do not be alarmed, as this is only caused by a harmless coating burning off the rollers.
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I've gone through TONS of foils to get the flawless result everyone is looking for and the truth is, it could be a million factors to take into account.
The machine not getting hot enough or the toner is low quality, paper is low quality, laser printer settings blah blah blah...
So here's how I FIGURED IT OUT:
- Laser Printer DPI doesn't matter. (300, 600, 1200 or higher)
- Print settings MUST BE TEXT. (not graphics)
- Type of paper DOES NOT MATER THAT MUCH. The more coarse the paper textures are, the harder it is for the foil to apply flushed to the surface. THAT IS TRUE, BUT not a deal breaker to all textured papers. I've used the coarse, cheap, most generic copy paper to prove that it's not the paper quality (see pictures). NOTE: I've also used a heavyweight photo matte paper (for INKJET) and it held the toner nicely and foil adhered flawlessly. It does NOT need to be laser paper only.
HERE'S THE KICKER:
- The foil DEPENDS ON HEAT. If you're getting that nice splotchy look, it is because there is not enough heat being applied. The number 3 setting on the minc is 'suggested'. I had to bump it all the way up to 5 to get that flawless application. Be warned though, it's going to get REALLY hot. Try to let the bottom of your minc 'breathe' and keep it off the table with some makeshift legs. Let the minc also run for a minute or so to get that heat up to a steady temp and then run your foils. (I use those wooden bases you can buy at michaels)
- DON'T RUN it for too long periods at a time. (this is just a suggestion)
- I could use it for cold or hot lamination. Not only foils.
- Produces nice steady temp on each setting.
- Heat up VERY FAST. Love that.
- Does what it supposed to do.
- Takes a long time to cool down.
- WILL have that burnt plastic smell for a long time. (But honestly, that's how some heating coils smell. You either get use to it or you don't.)
- A LOT of testing, wasting paper and foils before getting the results you want. (what project doesn't have that? It IS to be expected.)
- Gets very hot to the touch. The design of the machine COULD have used some legs. I don't like the idea of that much heat sitting FLAT on my table top.
* Gold Foils were done on #3 setting. Pink Foils were done on #5 setting.
** For those who want to know how I got the softer sheen on the pink foil, I use a matte laminate over the foil itself.
***Ignore 'brandished' (took a used dryer sheet and rubbed it into the toner to smooth it out) THOUGHT it would have a better effect for getting rid of splotchy toner and creating a more solid base for the foil to apply, but NOT necessary.
**** Tested it on regular, cheap rough 20lb copy paper and default printer settings. The two factors I changed were the dpi (printer setting) and more heat (Minc setting). This was to prove than it's not really a toner OR paper issue, but heat itself.
HOPE THIS HELPS!
SO... I avoided buying one when it came out cause I wasn't sure if it was worth the money. When I came around to deciding for sure, I read reviews and watched videos online. Some people stated that this is nothing but an overpriced laminator..
I decided to do my own experiment..
I was playing around with foiling projects using a laminator. I run the project through the laminator about 2-3 times. Although the projects come out fairly nice, it has imperfections- it's spotty and doesn't have full coverage. I'm a perfectionist.
I caved & bought this. As soon as I got this in, I started to foil some sample invitations I've designed for projects i have coming up. For comparison reasons, I used the same projects I used with the laminator.
Result? PERFECT coverage.
The difference between converage is VERY noticeable on a side by side comparison. The Minc Foil Applicator gave my project FULL coverage an I only ran the project through ONCE!!! It's wonderful. I can't wait to start my projects.
Here's what you need to know when considering this machine vs. using a laminator. The Minc Foil Applicator has different settings for different coverages. I picked one that I though would work best based on the manual (first time was a winner). Different types of projects, coverage, and paper makes a difference i think. The Minc ALSO has a more even heat distribution all the way across vs. a laminator that has more heat on the sides vs. the middle (in my opinion) AND, the Minc applies A LOT more pressure to the project when it runs through the machine.
If you're going to do a lot of projects in the future with foiling, this is definitely worth it.