Re: [PPLetterpress] Re: letterpress recomendations
- Dear K. Harper,
Yes, I meant using metal type to create the original, then keeping a
'master copy' to burn a PPL plate if more were needed later. I've seen some
ads in "THE PRINTER", but wasn't sure it was an option I could use.
Again, thank you for your reply.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Katie Harper" <knharper@...>
Sent: Monday, January 03, 2005 2:51 PM
Subject: Re: [PPLetterpress] Re: letterpress recomendations
Do you mean by ³regular letterpress² using metal type? Without getting too
technical, basically what you do on any press is make the printing surface
³type high² and print from that. The platen presses have a different action
from a cylinder press, such as a Vandercook, and, as Gerald pointed out, the
print quality will be slightly different, all else being equal. However,
platens are perfectly capable of producing good work using either type or
polymer plates. With type, you set the type and lock it into a chase, and
that goes into the press, usually vertically (hence the emphasis on good
lockup). With polymer, you put the plate on a base and lock the BASE into
the chase. You can keep the base locked up and simply take one plate off and
put another one down, depending on your layout.
When I was working with C&Ps, I used the Boxcar base and the plastic-backed
plates. I would sometimes have problems with inking due to the peculiarities
of the way the platen rollers and springs all work. I believe that Harold
Kyle at Boxcar has developed a base that is lower to accommodate a plate
that has deeper relief, which should help in that regard, but I haven¹t
tried it. I suggest you go to www.boxcarpress.com for more information.