Re: [PPLetterpress] light source question
- An interesting suggestion that I have no experience
with. But worth a try. None of my intaglio buddies
have tried it either, to my knowledge. And yes, that's
why we soak the paper, that and to take out the
sizing. Un-sized paper can be misted instead of
soaked, but the result is the same as with soaking and
blotting.... damp paper. --jan
--- The Indian Hill Press <mail@...>
> Polymer plates do get sticky if they are moistened,
> regardless of how
> well they have been cured. The reason you are
> moistening your paper,
> if I'm not mistaken, is to soften the fibers so they
> can be pressed
> into the recesses of the plate.
> I do letterpress, not intaglio. However, I have some
> experience with
> blind embossing. In blind embossing, paper fibers
> are soften with
> heat, rather than moisture.
> Is there some way you can either 1) heat your plate,
> or 2) heat your
> felts (perhaps using a laundry iron)? I would think
> 200 degrees F
> should do it.
> This is just a crazy suggestion, and I take no
> responsibility if you
> set your shirtcuffs on fire following it.
> Dan Waters
> Indian Hill Press
> >Well-- I won't tell my husband who rebuilt my
> >frame about your success with mat board around the
> >edges. :) I am amazed that that works on large
> >(larger than aprox. 7 x 10 inches.) I tried drier
> >paper or even soaking for less time and I was
> >incomplete "pressing into the grooves" with the
> >too dry, as you can imagine. It did take care of
> >stickiness problem however, which is why I
> >that the plates were not hardened enough or
> >The moisture from the paper is definately the
> >but how can you resolve it from that side when you
> >need to print with moist paper? I decided to try to
> >find out if perhaps my plates were not impervious
> >enough because of something I was doing and not a
> >problem inherent with polymer plates. Gotta go,
> >check back in a few hours. --jan
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