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WHAT IS HOT STAMPING?:
Hot stamping is a dry printing method in which a heated die and foil are used to apply graphics to a surface.Hot stamping is a straightforward process: A die is mounted and heated, Foil is positioned above the material to be imprinted, A combination of heat, dwell time, pressure and stripping time control the quality of the stamp. Foil stamping is environmentally friendly due to it being a dry process. It does not use solvents or inks and does not create any harmful vapors. A successful hot stamping job is directly related to the quality of the original artwork. In order to insure the highest quality reproduction of an imprint, the original artwork should be “camera-ready”. The better the artwork at the beginning, the better the imprint reproduction result. The key to a successful hot stamping job is threefold; the first is creating a fixture to support the part firmly under the decorating area. Second, the fixture must also position the part for repeatability of the graphic location. And third, the fixture must allow the operator to easily load and unload the part from the fixture.
 
WHAT MAY I PRINT  WITH A HOT STAMPING MACHINE?:
Leather, Vinyl, Wood, Plastic, Satin Polyester Ribbon, Paper, Rubber and much more. No Ceramic, Glass or Metal.
 
WHO BUYS A HOT STAMPING MACHINE?:
Plastics Decorators/Plastic Injection Molders, Industrial Printers, Small Printers, Craft Stores, Party Stores, Party Favor Companies, Government and Military Organizations, Stationary Stores, Gift Basket Companies, Christian Book Stores,  Cosmetics Industries, Photo Studios, Photo Labs, Wine Label Printers, Home Businesses, Wedding Stores, Scrapbook Stores, Baby Shop Stores, Wire Identification Printers, Manufacturers, Bridal Stores and Award Ribbon shops.
 
How to choose a hot foil stamping machine ?
Hot foil stamping is a great way to stamp a name or logo onto books, napkins, matchbooks, photographs and much more. Foil stampers are easy to use and operate and the end result looks great! Many think that foil stamping is a complicated process, but it is actually much easier than it looks and can be done by just about anyone. Here are a few questions you may want to ask yourself prior to purchasing a foil-stamping machine.
 
How many items do you foil stamp per day, week or month?

Both manual foil stampers and semi-automatic (air-powered) foil stampers are available. The model you use will depend entirely on the stamping volume you plan on having. Manually operated machines are just fine for custom names on books, but if you plan on stamping a company name or logo on hundreds of items, you may want to consider using a pneumatic (air powered) hot foil stamper.
 
What to foil stamp ?

Foil stampers can be used with leather, paper, wood, plastic and more. Be aware that different types of foil are used for stamping different material. 
 
How much hot stamping area do you need?

Foil stampers use type holders to hold text and logos. You will be limited to how much text you can use based on the size of the type holder. Be sure to check the size of the type holder before purchasing a foil-stamping machine. Some foil stampers can use different sizes of type holders, but some cannot.
 
Where to keep the hot foil stamper?
Foil stamping machines vary in size. Some models can be used on a countertop, but some larger stampers are floor models that require more area. It is always a good idea to make sure you have a place to keep your foil stamper.
 
How to choose a hot foil stamping machine ?
Hot foil stamping is a great way to stamp a name or logo onto books, napkins, matchbooks, photographs and much more. Foil stampers are easy to use and operate and the end result looks great! Many think that foil stamping is a complicated process, but it is actually much easier than it looks and can be done by just about anyone. Here are a few questions you may want to ask yourself prior to purchasing a foil-stamping machine.
 
How many items do you foil stamp per day, week or month?

Both manual foil stampers and semi-automatic (air-powered) foil stampers are available. The model you use will depend entirely on the stamping volume you plan on having. Manually operated machines are just fine for custom names on books, but if you plan on stamping a company name or logo on hundreds of items, you may want to consider using a pneumatic (air powered) hot foil stamper. Foil stamping machines vary in size. Some models can be used on a countertop, but some larger stampers are floor models that require more area. It is always a good idea to make sure you have a place to keep your foil stamper. Which hot foil do you useFoil is available in a wide variety of colors. Be sure the foil you purchase will work on your machine. Different brands often use different sizes of foil and sometimes are not interchangeable. Also be aware that different types of foils often require different heat settings. The heat setting required is usually listed next to the roll of foil.

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