Re: [PPLetterpress] lettra showing through black ink
- Sometimes I have to increase the ink level on the press to uncomfortable, if not frightening levels to get adequate coverage and that usually means a much more careful and precise adjustment of the rollers to avoid ink on the shoulders. Sometime I have to do a double or even triple hit if there are large solid areas.
- Thanks for the comments everyone. It turns out my problem was related to a feature I had not known about on my new Reprex press, another Reprex owner told me "the Reprex press has an automatic function which partially throws the impression off when the pressure is too much and it might damage the cylinder." Once I knew this feature existed I was able to make adjustments and pull acceptable prints.
Crane's lettra is more difficult than I had thought it would be, I expected it to be more forgiving after reading it was made for letterpress... I think I earned that whiskey.
- I was going to note that, if anything, for better coverage in solids, you'd use LESS or NO mag-carbonate in the ink, and possibly even a drop of reducing oil... And then there's the humidity in the paper, of course.Good work on the secret feature ;-)Lettra is indeed "more forgiving" if what you're looking for is classic line and typographic letterpress printing. Not great for Web 2.0 ;-)Strathmore's Writing Cover is quite nice when you need a smoother sheet, but still takes a nice impression.I've not heard of Reprex presses before. What's the chase/bed size on your press?Cheers!peterOn 25 May 2010, at 6:11 PM, jason wagner wrote:
- Thanks for the paper suggestion, I appreciate it.
The bed on my Reprex 2 is 15 1/4" x 42". It has some very nice features in addition to those that take a little getting used to. Vanderblog has a brief history if you're interested: http://vandercookpress.info/vanderblog/category/other-brands/reprex/
- We have an Asbern Press, and it has a similar feature: the cylinder pulls off if the press feels you are printing with too much pressure. Sometimes it does this when it is moderate pressure. Cranking slowly and evenly on this press has helped the problem.On May 25, 2010, at 8:35 PM, jason wagner wrote: