How to Make Cork Coasters Your Customers Will Love
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How to Make Cork Coasters Your Customers Will Love

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With varying degrees of difficulty, there are several ways to learn how to make cork coasters. When you combine your artistic impression with Frank Lowe's decades of custom manufacturing expertise, the possibilities are endless. Continue reading to learn more about how to make cork coasters your customers will love!   

Choose the Right Type of Cork for Coasters

Did you know there are different types of cork? The two general classes are composition cork and cork-n-rubber material. While composition cork is the traditional material we suggest for creating cork coasters, cork-n-rubber material is also an option.

With cork-n-rubber, we can combine cork material with a full spectrum of rubber elastomers to ensure your coasters have the unique attributes you desire. In either case, Frank Lowe will explain all of your options and guide you toward the best, most cost-effective solution for making the perfect cork coasters.

How to Make Cork Coasters in the Right Shape?

One of the most unique attributes of cork coasters is the array of available shapes. Although you can always choose the circle or square shape for your cork coasters, Frank Lowe can die cut cork in virtually any and every conceivable shape.

We offer the state-of-the-art equipment to quickly produce die cut cork to your exact specifications. We can even send you samples of different shapes to help you make the best decision.

Choose the Right Thickness of Cork

When it comes to learning how to make cork coasters, it’s also important to keep the thickness of the cork in mind. If it’s too thin, the cork coasters may not perform as you desire. If the cork is too thick, you’ll essentially be wasting money.

While there are no standard thickness guidelines, the experts at Frank Lowe will help you make the best decision. We’ll make sure the cork material is thick enough to absorb shocks, but not too thick that the coaster becomes cumbersome.

Cork Backing for Coasters vs Cork Coasters

Although creating cork coasters is one solution, many of our customers only need the cork backing. Frank Lowe will still help you choose the right type of cork, the shape, and thickness of cork for the backing.

We can apply a specialty adhesive to the cork backing, which allows you to quickly apply the backing to the coaster. Our specialty adhesive creates a permanent bond with a variety of materials, including:

  • Stainless steel
  • Wood
  • Ceramic
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    Slate and stone tiles
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    Powder-coated aluminum
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    And more

To further expedite the manufacturing of the coasters, we can also kiss cut the cork and provide it on a roll to create a peel-and-stick type of application. Benefits of our kiss cut cork backing with adhesive includes:

  • Easier Handling - Kiss cut adhesive-backed cork components are shipped on tidy rolls that are much easier to handle.
  • Faster Assembly - You can set up a fixture for the roll at work stations to simply peel-and-stick and apply.
  • Reduce the Cost of Production - You can improve the efficiency and speed of your assembly process, which will reduce labor costs and drive down the costs of production.

Designing and Sealing Cork Coasters

Once we help you think through all of the key considerations, the next step is to apply your design. Whether you’re hand painting the coasters or color blocking with spray paint, your design makes your coasters unique.

The final step in the process is to seal the coasters with a waterproof seal. If you’re applying a decorative paper front to the coasters, you can use an all-in-one glue or sealer to ensure your creation stands the test of time.

Contact Frank Lowe to Learn How to Make Cork Coasters

By partnering with Frank Lowe, you’ll gain access to over 60 years of stellar experience. We’ve created cork components and coasters in virtually all shapes, sizes, and thicknesses. And regardless of your needs, we will help you explore, pursue, and create:

  1. Explore different cork shapes, sizes, thicknesses, and types of cork on your journey of making cork coasters.
  2. Pursue the types of cork best suited for your product by providing samples and product expertise.
  3. Create the best cork coasters within your budget.

Contact Frank Lowe today to learn more about making cork coasters.

About the Author Randy Cohen

Since 2002, Randy Cohen has served as the Senior Vice President of Frank Lowe — leading Sales and Marketing as well as a variety of Administrative operations. Randy has 25 years of experience with a background in sales & marketing, production and business management, serving both government agencies and private industry. He holds a B.A from Syracuse University and a Masters and Professional Diploma from Fordham University. Randy uses his unique set of experiences to help businesses and entities across all sectors explore, pursue, and create better solutions.

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