9480Re: platemaking issues
- Mar 10 7:49 AMGerald you are correct on the plates. I was trying to have a local guy source the plate
material to see if it would save me a buck or two on shipping.
Also you are correct Eric. With the lack of sleep this week I did a typo. I meant to type 21
I built my own exposure unit Saturday and I plan a write up with pics to document my
progress. It will however take a couple of weeks. I also broke my NuArc platemaker,
smoked a 250V fuse, disassembled the whole thing and rewired it so just the vacuum
table was working off of the original switch. I am working today on 2 hours of sleep
because of a job I had to plate and print last night for a client pickup today. If you haven't
guessed letterpress is my weekend and night hobby.
I exposed a handful of plates but not to the perfection that I desired but with my washout
board on back order along with my sponge roller I had to improvise and it seemet to work
fine. Much to my wife's dismay (she was at church when I did it) I used our oven to speed
up drying time by putting the plates in there for 15 min at 130 degrees.
I still am working out issues with not enough shoulder for my liking but for a self
discovery crash course I am happy with the results. All in all I will be saving an average of
$80 to $100 in plate charges and shipping an order. which to me is worth the time and
energy in a hand washout plus I get to keep the negatives incase I want to reuse artwork
of have to remake a plate.
--- In PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com, "parallel_imp" <Megalonyx@...> wrote:
> --- In PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com, Cody L <itsfancyletterpress@>
> > [. . .] Until my 12 step gauge comes in I have a 14 step gauge
> > that I tried to use but it really is no help
> Cody, there are many different grayscales. The right one here is a
> 21-step platemaker's grayscale, made by Stouffer, which is a
> transmission scale. There are other brands, but most maufacturer's
> specs refer specifically to a 21-step scale, with target around step
> 16 (varies with mfr).
> A 12-step scale (at least from Stouffer) is a camera (reflection)
> scale and not useful for this purpose.
> --Eric Holub, SF
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