Re: [PPLetterpress] Re: Beginner needs your advice!
Glad to be of help!!!
Steve Robison (sfletterpress list manager)
--- Shelley Weir <liamweirsmom@...> wrote:
> Wow, what a great help Steve... thanks!http://us.click.yahoo.com/dpRU5A/wUILAA/yQLSAA/mFXtlB/TM
> Best wishes to you,
> --- In PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com, Steve Robison
> > Shelley,
> > Here's an extra two bits of opinion (that I hope
> > reasonably accurate) that I hope will add to those
> > before me and help you get started...
> > PRESSES:
> > Know that an 8x12 platen job press of most any
> > and model (C&P and Golding probably being the
> > common) is an excellent size letterpress for
> > all kinds of social or business stationary. It is
> > fairly manageable size job press for most of the
> > work you will probably ever encounter...and they
> > in at only about 1200 lbs. instead of 1600+ for a
> > 10x15, so they're easier to move too!
> > Other smaller presses are great for stationary
> too. If
> > you can find one, a 7x11 Pearl is even lighter at
> > about 400-500 lbs. and will give you great
> > and a hand lever C&P Pilot is a 6-1/2"x10" table
> > at about 200 lbs that can also give excellent
> > for stationary.
> > Sure, a 10x15 is larger and can print larger paper
> > huge envelopes, but you will rarely be printing
> > or business stationary requiring that size chase.
> > and others made huge platen presses (e.g. 18"x22"
> > etc.) that weighed tons. Sure they could print
> > stationary, but all that extra platen space would
> > wasted overkill...unless you were doing huge die
> > cutting projects or other extra heavy-duty stuff
> > you need the extra weight behind the impression.
> > These the 8x12 "clamshell" or "Gordon" platen job
> > presses were designed specifically for printing
> > stationary and forms and print at fairly high
> > As such they became very popular with stationary
> > printing which is one of the mainstays of the job
> > printing business. So you're on the right track if
> > are planning to do a lot of this type of work!
> > On the other hand, if you plan to do limited
> > book work like artists books or large pages of
> > letterpress text, or posters, or broadside work,
> > would be wise to consider a flatbed press like a
> > Vandercook. Otherwise, some type of "clamshell"
> > job press is probably what you want.
> > USING YOUR PRESS TO PRINT STATIONARY:
> > The point everyone before me is trying to make is
> > most letterhead stationary usually has the logo
> > text at the top of the page...and the type doesn't
> > all the way across the page because you usually
> > some "white space" on either side of a letterhead.
> > So you aren't really printing an 8-1/2" wide
> > letterhead on an 8-1/2" wide piece of
> > really only printing about a 6" to 7" width of
> type on
> > a full 8-1/2" x 11" size piece of business
> > This width can easily be printed on an 8x12 C&P.
> > To do so, you simply lock up your letterhead logo
> > type along the long side of the chase( along the
> > side of the chase on an 8x12 C&P). Then load the
> > in the press so that the type is at the low point
> > the bed and prints on the lower part of the
> > You of course will need to set your gauge pins
> > low on the platen too. When you feed the paper
> > the press, the top edge of the stationary sheet
> > slide toward the lower edge of the platen against
> > gauge pins and you'll print along that edge.
> > The excess "blank" part of the paper that is not
> > printed will "hang out" over the top edge of the
> > platen -- ready for you to grab when you need to
> > the sheet out after printing each sheet.
> > Of course, if the design/text is not too wide, you
> > also lock the type along the left or right side of
> > chase, drop the stationary sheet in sideways, and
> > print either the top or bottom or both top and
> > in one pass.
> > In more than one pass, you can print anywhere you
> > on the sheet...along the long edge, at the bottom,
> > different ink shades, emboss or deboss emblems,
> > gold foil, etc. Use your creativity! Have some
> > I've printed tens of thousands of pieces of
> > on a 8x12 C&P using these methods. With smaller
> > logos/letterheads I've also printed stationary on
> > presses, 5x8 presses, 6-1/2 x 10 Pilot presses,
> > Pearl presses, etc. I've also printed stationary
> > 10x15 C&P's and large Vandercooks, but rarely
> > the extra chase space unless I was printing extra
> > large Manilla envelopes or something just
> > too big to fit into the 8x12.
> > Hope this info is useful for you and helps with
> > decisions.
> > Welcome to "letterpress."
> > Best wishes,
> > --Steve
> > Steve Robison
> > Robison Press
> > Belmont, CA (about 25 miles south of San
> > --- "David S. Rose" <lists@r...> wrote:
> > > Shelley,
> > >
> > > Actually, you can indeed do letterheads on
> an 8
> > > x 12, which is one of
> > > the reasons that size press was quite popular in
> > > shops. If necessary
> > > (depending on how you lay out the job) you can
> > > overhang the bottom of the
> > > sheet on the platen.
> > >
> > > Thanks for the nice words about the Intro
> > > and good luck with
> > > starting up your press!
> > >
> > > -David
> > >
> > > > From: liamweirsmom <liamweirsmom@y...>
> > > > Date: Wed, 12 Oct 2005 21:04:16 -0000
> > > > Subject: [PPLetterpress] Re: Beginner needs
> > > advice!
> > > >
> > > ...
> > > >
> > > > I will definately have to take a trip to Don
> > > Black's
> > > > to check out the equipment. I see that he
> > > currently
> > > > has a C&P 8x12... I think that is too small
> for me
> > > > because you couldn't even do letterhead,
> > > > Should I hold out for a 10x15?
> > > ...
> > Steve Robison
> > Belmont, CA
> > robisonsteve@y...
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