Microwood veneer is one of the finest, up-market products being produced from wood anywhere in the world. The unique process is able to produce extremely thin veneers (0.08 – 0.15 mm) that are almost like paper. Because of the thinness of the veneer and its paper backing, this material has an enormous degree of flexibility and resistance to breaking both lengthwise and crosswise – so much so that it can even achieve a wide range of folding radii. In addition, Microwood veneer can be embossed, stamped, perforated as well as printed using offset, digital and screen methods. The lighter coloured maple version is better than the darker ones for making printed products for the obvious reason that a greater degree of contrast can be achieved. The darker versions, however, achieve good contrast when they are laser printed. Further information about printing work can be found in the PDF file below. The following are particularly good for writing on Microwood: PENTEL-GEL ROLLERBALL, BALLPOINT PEN. The following pens should not be used: FILM PEN, EDDING PERMANENT MARKER. Bonding work is best done with all-purpose glues (TESA, UHU), white glue (e.g. PONAL EXPRESS) as well as DOUBLE-SIDED ADHESIVE TAPE or FILM. If you are storing Microwood, exposure to strong sunlight should be avoided as well as large swings of humidity and over-drying.
The double-sided version of the Microwood veneer paper looks like a normal rotary cut veneer but it is in fact a sandwich material made from two layers of razor-thin wood veneer and three layers of paper. The tendency to wave up is relatively small and its flexibility is incredible. It can be bent in unbelievable narrow radii without breaking. If you carefully score the veneer layer you can actually fold it so as to produce an edge. This material is suitable for making things like exclusive packaging, jewellery and accessories, book covers, folders, unique calling cards, greeting cards as well as for model making.
All the suppliers of wood to Microwood are FSC certified – i.e. have been given that seal of approval certifying sustainable forestry practices.