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  • Tim Benas
    Most of the pantone colors have a base color. You add white or black to this color to achieve the different tones. Mix a small amount of the base color first,
    Message 1 of 34 , Jul 7, 2008
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      Most of the pantone colors have a base color. You add white or black to this color to achieve the different tones. Mix a small amount of the base color first, then add white or black. As you check your color, remember, you can aways add more, but you can't take away.

      To: PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com
      From: granthams@...
      Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 23:25:35 +0000
      Subject: [PPLetterpress] Re: tips for mixing ink?




















      --- In PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com, sylvia chevrier

      <sylviachevrier@...> wrote:

      >

      > Does anyone have advice for accurately mixing small amounts of ink

      > from Pantone formulas? For most projects I rarely need more than an

      > ounce of ink, sometimes even half an ounce will do. I find it

      > especially difficult to translate formulas with large percentage

      > variances (for example-- 1-1/4 part red / 2 parts yellow / 27 parts

      > white) accurately into very small amounts. I have a postage scale

      but

      > often just have to make a guess, as the tiny amounts of ink are too

      > light to register on the scale. Thanks for any suggestions.

      >



      Digital scales are cheap, usually less than $15 with shipping for a

      250 gram scale on eBay. These scales have a tare feature, so a glass

      plate can be placed on the scale and ink added for precise mixing.



      A mixing plate is handy, so if you happen to get a little too much

      ink on the plate, the overage can be removed to keep accurate weight.



      We use a 6" x 8" piece of 1/4" plate glass for mixing small amounts

      in our print shop and 8" x 12" for larger quantities of ink.



      To answer your concern about mixing, the common multiplier for your

      example is 4. Mix 5 parts red, 8 yellow and 108 white. Use the .1

      gram divisions for VERY small quantities. For example put 10.8 grams

      of white, add .8 grams of yellow (11.6) and .5 grams red for a total

      weight of 12.1 grams or about .43 ounces. Take the glass of the scale

      and mix with a clean knife. Use a clean ink knife for each color.



      Rod

























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    • Chad Pastotnik
      Sorry, should have clarified that. I am looking to buy, I have access to a Kelly #2 about 30 miles from me but the upcoming projects are books that will have a
      Message 34 of 34 , Jul 9, 2008
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        Sorry, should have clarified that. I am looking to buy, I have access
        to a Kelly #2 about 30 miles from me but the upcoming projects are
        books that will have a 500+ page count. Something I pretty much need
        to do and monitor myself.


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        Chad Pastotnik
        Deep Wood Press 231.587.0506
        http://www.deepwoodpress.com

        On Jul 9, 2008, at 1:47 PM, Lamsland wrote:

        > Are you looking to buy or just have your project printed on one?
        > We're a bit far in CT but we've got a fully running cylinder, 20 x 28.
        >
        >
        > Matthew "LAMMY" Lamoureux
        > Full Metal Press - Operis servo a specialis nundinae
        >
        > On Jul 9, 2008, at 1:24 PM, Chad Pastotnik wrote:
        >
        >> Well, some big projects have come up, both in physical size and fun.
        >>
        >> I find myself in definite need of a Kelly #2 or similar sized
        >> Hiedleberg (other makes considered as well) with a minimum sheet size
        >> of 20x24". It needs to be fully functional for printing and not a
        >> abused die cutter and of course finding one near N. Michigan is
        >> preferable.
        >>
        >> If anyone has any leads for something like this in the midwest I'd
        >> appreciate it. Thanks in advance,
        >>
        >> Chad
        >> ___________________________
        >> Chad Pastotnik
        >> Deep Wood Press 231.587.0506
        >> http://www.deepwoodpress.com
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