Gold foil is a large accumulation of yellow metal atoms. This material is incredibly thin. Therefore, gold foil weighs very little. The material is used for a wide variety of purposes. In most cases for decoration.
Gold leaf. Main Features
So, what is gold foil? It is a thin sheet of metal, used as an ornament of various surfaces. A strong gold food foil is also suitable for storing a variety of products. The greaseproof material allows you to keep your kitchen clean and tidy. By the way, confectionery products with the help of foil are also often decorated. In short, a universal attribute can help you out in a variety of cases.
A bit of history
Known to the world of gold foil since the fifteenth century. It's amazing, but it's true. True, then it was not quite a foil, but gold leaf. It was used for embossing book bindings. But in the late nineteenth century a German company patented a foil prototype.
To date, this invention has changed significantly due to the improvement of materials and technology. The material is available in a wide variety of shades, in matt and glossy forms, with patterns and even holograms. Often, foil is used in the manufacture of souvenirs, packages, business cards and other printing.
The main equipment for foil stamping is the press. These or other devices are applied depending on the areas of embossing and the main purpose. The press can be either manual or automatic.
Hot and cold embossing
Learn more about methods. A foil of gold color is used for cold or hot stamping. The main advantage of the first method is its speed. Cold embossing is quite in demand when producing large quantities of any products. But there is one nuance. This method is suitable only for smooth surfaces.
Hot stamping is used in various cases. However, this process is longer. It involves the effect of both pressure and heat when the glossy layer is transferred to a certain surface.
Stamping with gold foil is a very popular kind of decor. In principle, it does not need to explain the advantages. Such a metal on the subconscious level is associated with luxury, chic. To achieve a bright and attractive visual effect in this way is not at all difficult.
By the way, there is another way of decorating products with foil. It is called foil. By cheap it has a similarity with the cold method. But there are a number of limitations. The main requirement is the absolute smoothness of cardboard or paper.
And even for the beauty of women's pens!
A special gold foil for decorating nails is also used. Beautiful drawings look great on bright or dark colors of lacquer - on burgundy, red, blue or black. The technology for doing such a manicure is very simple. But the result is very elegant and colorful. Ideal for a festive party!
In order to make such a manicure, you must first prepare the nails for applying decorative coating with standard procedures. The transparent base layer is applied to the nail plate and dried. Then apply two layers of colored varnish. Each nail is lubricated with a special glue or emulsion after drying. A piece of transferable gold foil is applied to the nail plate and neatly distributed along it with a cotton swab or napkin. The material is superimposed on the entire nail or on a certain part of it. After that, it is necessary to take the edge of the foil and remove it from the nail with a sharp movement. This procedure is repeated with each finger in turn. Fix the foil with a clear varnish. Otherwise, it can quickly crumble.
The same technique is used to create different patterns from gold transfer foils. Only in this case the glue is applied a certain pattern on the nail, and on it already - the foil layer.
In a word, gold foil is used in various spheres. And wherever it is used, the effect is simply magnificent.