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Re: [BKARTS] Instructions for "homemade" book cloth sought

Photopolymer plates work well for embossing. There is a method of making a counter plate with a positive transparency, slightly larger than the negative, but we have had good success with bondo (auto body work filler) on the tympan, covered with plastic wrap, close the press, open, trim and dry. More shallow plates work just fine.
I can send more complete details if needed. NA Graphics has material for the counters as well.

Charles Jones
LaNana Creek Press
Nacogdoches, Texas
On Dec 1, 2006, at 8:11 PM, William Minter wrote:

On Nov 30, 2006, at 9:59 AM, roroberts@xxxxxxxx wrote:

Bill's last line mentioned being able to texture his cloth much like the grained leather look of older manufactured cloths. Bill, you've mentioned using screens for creating texture. Any new techniques?

Woven screen, similar to window screen, but in various weights and mesh sizes has been a favorite texturing material for a number of years. However, I am always looking for new things that could be used. Whenever I have time to browse the hardware store, art supply or craft store, I am looking, but few things have been found.
The ideal would be to have some metal embossing plates photoengraved from artwork, but that could get costly.

As I have read list members discuss polymer plates, I have wondered if they could be used for embossing. I have heard that the plates are very strong and that they could probably handle the pressure. By using some of the background patterns that are available on my MAC, I could easily prepare some artwork for a test.
Maybe someone already has experience with making and using the polymer plates for embossing?


William Minter Bookbinding & Conservation, Inc.
4364 Woodbury Pike
Woodbury, PA  16695
Fax:   814-793-4045
Email:    wminter@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx


LaNana Creek Press
Nacogdoches, Texas

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