printing coasters on a Vandercook
- Hello. I was considering printing coasters on my Vandercook #4. Does anyone have any
experience with this? The coasters seem too small and thick to be used with the grippers.
Also does anyone have ink recommendations for such a project?
- I don't think this can be printed on a Vandercook for a few reasons. The thickness of board
that coasters come in 35pt, 60pt, and 80pt. But with that said you can print on any
substraight and call it a coaster. The problem you will have printing on heavier board it that it
won't wrap around your cylinder and it will break or crease. Next thing is the board thickness
must be taken into consideration as type high is .918 and will have to compensate your plate
height for board height. I would recommend that these be printed on a Platen Press. Easier
make ready, it can handle thicker stock or board than a Vandercook, and it could die cut your
coasters into a shape. My recommendation.
- Hello Christine, I have never done it but guess this depends on how
many coasters you want to make and how much effort you want to put into
it. The best approach I can think of would be to print a larger sheet
of a thin substrate like paper or plastic, which could have one or
several coasters printed on it. Then you could glue the printed sheet
to whatever you wanted to make the thick bottom layer of the coaster
out of, e.g. paperboard, cork, etc. You could print paper and then get
an overall solid plate and coat the printed paper with at least two
layers of overprint varnish to protect the paper from moisture. If you
only use one layer of varnish, paper fibers could stick through the
varnish layer and act like little wicks to wick the moisture through
the varnish layer. The second varnish layer should seal most of those
wicks. To avoid absorption and wicking problems, you could print
sheets of white opaque plastic like polyester (e.g. DuPont Mylar) which
is probably available in art supply stores. An even better method
would be to reverse print sheets of clear polyester with the design,
then overprint that with one or more solid layers of opaque white ink.
In other words, the top of the coaster would be the unprinted side of
the polyester, and you would look through the polyester to see the
printed design against a solid white layer which you would print last.
If you reverse printed your design for viewing through the polyester,
then the plate would have to be right reading instead of wrong
reading. Hope this helps, Geoff
- The folks at the Purgatory Pie Press in manhattan print coasters on
their vandercook. They print full sheets of thick coaster material
[1/16th inch] which is flexible enough along the grain to curve
around the impression cylinder. Then they put on their die cutting
jacket and cut the coasters out of the full sheet. They use the
spaces cut out between the coasters, with an arc on top and bottom,
for their business cards.
It would probably be easier with a platen, but all they've got is the
vandercook so they make it work. "use what you've got, make it work"
My friends at the cricket press also recently screen printed some
coasters which came out nicely.
Anyone wanting to test the water-fastness of either set [purgatory
pie- landmarks of nyc, cricket press- bicycle chainrings & animals]
can stop by kentucky and have a few beers with me.
"The only way to keep it going, is to keep it going." - GL
On Jan 24, 2007, at 6:33 PM, Casey McGarr wrote:
> I don't think this can be printed on a Vandercook for a few
> reasons. The thickness of board
> that coasters come in 35pt, 60pt, and 80pt. But with that said you
> can print on any
> substraight and call it a coaster. The problem you will have
> printing on heavier board it that it
> won't wrap around your cylinder and it will break or crease. Next
> thing is the board thickness
> must be taken into consideration as type high is .918 and will have
> to compensate your plate
> height for board height. I would recommend that these be printed on
> a Platen Press. Easier
> make ready, it can handle thicker stock or board than a Vandercook,
> and it could die cut your
> coasters into a shape. My recommendation.
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