Brass book spines are for the use of foil on book covers and spines. It is a traditional method going back over hundreds of years but still very common in today’s society. Using foil on books is a great way of drawing attention to your book in a crowded marketplace. It will make the product stand out on the shelf.
Using the right foiling die can make a big difference to the finished product. We always recommend brass for book covers and spines due to the advantages it holds over other metals:
- Brass can be deep machined to 3mm for use on softer substrates
- Good for all substrates
- Great at retaining heat
- Gives a sharp, high definition finish after foil transfer
- Ideal for bookbinders
- We use no chemicals during the making of a CNC brass die
- More cost-effective than copper
- Greater detail is achievable than using magnesium
For More information on the advantages and disadvantages of die materials then take a look at the blog post from Profoil – “Foil and embossing tooling – Which material should I use for my die (cliché)?”
As standard we etch brass book spines to 2mm but it can be deep machined to 3mm for softer or thicker substrates. Books are a great example of this, along with diaries, notebooks and luxury end packaging with thick stock.