Re: ink and cold press
- On the 10 x 15, there is more than sufficent room on the bed
casting to set a 2 or 3 inch pillar candle (probably not more than 6
inches tall. On the Pearl I use votives, but block them up with
furniture so the heat reaches the disk. The candle flame should be
closer then one inch from the disk. If your press is cold, and has
any layer of oil or dust on it, spilled ink picks or peels right off.
Also, if you are doing this, put out the candle if the inked
press is going to sit unattended, or the candle will cause the ink to
set or scorch onto the ink disk.
CAUTION: If you are having open flames in the shop, be careful
about them, do not leave candles unattended and please put them out
BEFORE washing up (kaboom?).
Quality Letterpress Printing
> I've heard of this technique before. How do you attach the candle(s)
> to the press? Do you just drip some wax and stick the candle intoit?
> I've been wanting to try this, but was reluctant to drip wax on my
> precious C&P. (Not that it's pristine!) But I suppose the wax would
> just peel off later.
> Lisa Rappoport
> Littoral Press
> Temperate-but-occasionally-chilly Oakland, CA