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Re: grave item
- To: BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU
- Subject: Re: grave item
- From: JanSapp <JanSapp@AOL.COM>
- Date: Mon, 5 Jan 1998 18:11:58 EST
- Message-Id: <199801052316.PAA15382@SUL-Server-2.Stanford.EDU>
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All this talk about letterpresses is pretty exciting. Last Spring, I bought a
letterpress, actually 3 letterpresses: two are 8 1/2" by 11" sizes, one 17"
by 22". I also have a LARGE cabinet full of different fonts; some are square,
some are italics, etc. I have not identified the fonts yet. I've been told
that this actually isn't a 'fine' press, but I'm plannin on usin it that way!
So now I can print my own writing or excerpts of something else, illustrate it
with my own art (prints, etc.), and then bind it. What fun!!!!! I love the
'automatic' embossing that happens! I also have wooden letters!!!!! They are
gorgeous, too. I know that the equipment that I have was dumped after WWII.
Somehow it was recovered, thank goodness.
I washed (and washed and washed, etc.) letters all fall. By that I mean, I
had to get the crusted, dried ink off and soaked it off in a home cleaning
product that we bought from Sam's club. It is called Pro. It worked better
than acetone, Green solvent, citrus solvents, etc. I am trying to keep the
toxic stuff out of my studio as much as possible. Making prints and using
asphaltum and litholene is about as toxic as I want to get and would actually
like to get less toxic! But! Anyway, I know that kerosene would have cleaned
them really fast, but my work time alloted to cleaning these letters was
limited and I felt that keeping kerosene for these (seemingly thousands)
letters was too dangerous/toxic/unsettling to me. Now I have bought some sign
lettering ink! I hope this is what to use to make the letters print. I am
doing everything by "I think this is the right way" principle.
I did use oil based ink while testing some metal stamps that I also got with
everything else--they are incredible!!! They are advertising cuts (I think
that's the name for them!) If you are a fine printer and wouldn't mind
chatting with me about some questions I have as I work my way through this,
I'd really appreciate your time!