2214Re: [PPLetterpress] LetterPress well... not on Letterpress
- Nov 11, 2003
> letterpress printing and I was wondering ifNot impossible. Wood blocks and lino cuts are often done on an etching
> it was feasable to do it on an etching press
presses. Polymer plates would work the same way - so go to a good library
and look that up. The edge of the plate will print/impress the sheet, like
it does an etching, so you'll have to consider that in your designs - if you
don't want a plate mark then the plate will have to be bigger than the
sheet, and that could get expensive.
There are plates with very low relief, and I imagine these would be the
best to work with. The impression you will get on the etching press will be
the depth of the plate's relief - so the low plate will be the most
resonable. Getting these low plates inked without inking the steel (and I
recommend you work with steel backed plates) as well as the surface of the
type will be tricky. William Blake used to ink some of his relief plates by
first inking a flat solid plate, and then pressing the relief plate into it.
I could see attempting this - but keep in mind Blake was a rare genius, and
talking about his methods is much easier than copying them - or building
into the plate some inking rails, and using a very hard brayer.
As for type, I would think you'd have to build (have machined) a chase
with type high rails, for inking and impression control, and then learn how
to register to it. Then you'd have to find a way to replace the felts with
something that would come close to packing. I couldn't imagine a slower way
to print, and I'm not sure how easy or even possible makeready would be.
You won't come close to the product of a letterpress, but you'll get some
good results and you will have fun.
> I'm very excited about theThat's just what you'll have to do.
> prospect of experimentation
Keep us posted on your progress.
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