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Paper for insect labels

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Can anyone tell me what kind of paper should I order and where?
In the past, I used an "acid-free, heavy stock" (or something like that)
paper from the Bioquip.
Thanks in advance!
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I have used "Bristol Board" in the past. You can buy it at art stores (it's 100% rag - so acid free) at weights that can be used in a laser printer.
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Buy acid-free paper that verifies the international ISO 9706:1994 norm. (DIN 9706 in Germany). Google should point you towards a shop when searching for "ISO 9706 acid-free". Also use paper that is heavier than regular printing paper. I used 120 g/m² and above. A lot of printers can only properly handle 120, so that one might be a good thickness.
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Thank you both.
Fortunately, I've just found my old paper stock from BioQuip.
The watermarks are unreadable. Here is the
product description from the BQ, see the attachment,
just in case someone is interested in this technical issue.
I remember how the labels on the Ornithopterae in my
grandad's collection turned into the dust. They were collected
at the end of the XIX century. I have never caught an Ornithoptera,
just like to make my backyard V. cardui happy.
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I use card stock paper from Staples.
here is the link:
https://www.staples.com/NEENAH-Bright-W ... uct_496791
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collector wrote: Tue Jun 14, 2022 4:25 pm I use card stock paper from Staples.
here is the link:
https://www.staples.com/NEENAH-Bright-W ... uct_496791
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collector,
Thanks for your response
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See below for a thread about label paper and printing labels from another entomology forum. I have used the 200g glossy HP brochure paper and found it to be excellent. I like the glossy finish, the lettering is very crisp and it cuts and holds a pin well. Apparently it has the approval of the Smithsonian Institution's archive folks and is used by several collection managers on color laser printers with good results. Hope this helps.

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From: Entomological Collections Network Listserve [mailto:ECN-L@LISTSERV.UNL.EDU] On Behalf Of Michael S Caterino
Sent: Friday, December 01, 2017 8:59 AM
To: ECN-L@LISTSERV.UNL.EDU
Subject: Re: Pinned Label Paper

I second this. We tried the glossy brochure paper starting about a year and a half ago, following Matt’s recommendation, and have used it ever since. I’m a big fan. Agree too on the color laser doing a much better, higher resolution job than any black & whites at our disposal.

3 pt is way too small though!

Mike

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Michael S. Caterino
Morse Chair of Arthropod Biodiversity
Director, Clemson University Arthropod Collection
Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences (PES)
MAIL: 277 Poole Agricultural Center
OFFICE: E-254 Poole Agricultural Center
Clemson University
Clemson, SC 29634-0310
mcateri@clemson.edu
Office phone: (864) 656-3105
LAB: sites.google.com/site/caterinolab/
MUSEUM: sites.google.com/site/clemsonarthropodcollection/
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On Dec 1, 2017, at 11:01 AM, Buffington, Matt <Matt.Buffington@ARS.USDA.GOV> wrote:

Crystal,

It depends on the printer.

We use 200g glossy HP brochure paper, and run this through a color laser jet (even though we only use black). Color laser jets using an entirely different kind of pigment that polymerizes to smooth surfaces. Its super durable, does very well in ethanol and PG, and the labels are ultra crisp. I routinely print at 3pt font now, and its very legible. Let me know and I can send you the ordering info. Also, we are using a Brother 4570 CDW networked printer.

The brochure paper was tested by the SI archives folks and passed their approval. This paper is calendared, meaning the core of the paper is fibrous, but the surfaces are rolled ultra smooth (glossy, like magazines). Lastly, the 200g paper grips pins very well, and I have tried removing/replacing labels, using the original holes, and the firmness of the labels remains true.

Matt


Matthew L. Buffington, PhD
Hymenoptera Unit, Systematic Entomology Lab, USDA
c/o National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian Institution
POB 37012 NHB, CE519, MRC 168
Washington, DC 20013-7012
U.S.A.

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On Dec 1, 2017, at 10:31 AM, Crystal Maier <cmaier@fieldmuseum.org> wrote:

Hi All -

What does everyone use for their pinned label paper? Currently at the Field, we've been using "100% rag long grain sub 52 lbs" The only trouble is, I cannot find this paper or anything even similar anywhere.

I'm just trying to get a feel for some tried and tested alternatives that other collections use.

Thanks!

Crystal
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Insects Collection Manager
Field Museum of Natural History
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Thanks, alandmor
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