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Re: [BKARTS] Blank stamping die... -- more info

On Sep 11, 2006, at 4:05 PM, William Minter wrote:


The "pressing die" is cut from a piece of PETG -- a clear, hard copolyester plastic that is easily cut in a board shear to whatever size is needed. One source is McMaster-Carr Supply (www.mcmaster.com); sheets are available as small as 12" x 12". Generally, I haver used the 3/32" (.090") thick PETG, although sometimes one needs to double them for more clearance in the press; other hard plastics will work as well.......

PS: I neglected to say that if you are not familiar with PETG, it is being used by various conservators for exhibit stands. This material is not only clear, but it is also cold-formable, meaning that a piece is easily bent without heat (as is needed for plexiglas). In fact, Frank Mowery demonstrated the use of a metal bending "brake" at GBW Standards, but the clamp in a board shear will work. The material is easily shaped and then, basically hardens, to the shape. A wonderful material with many uses.

William Minter Bookbinding & Conservation, Inc.
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