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Friday, December 3, 2010

Scrounging for bits

Although there are heaps of letterpress bits and pieces floating around, not much is for sale in Australia online.  Most is from the US and because it all made of lead, the expense of shipping its far too excessive, even postage from the East is a bit steep.  So begging, and scrounging is the only option.  But hey it does the trick! 
My latest adventure I came away with 4 quins, a quoin key, strips of furniture (that was even cut down for me) a tin of paint that was rescued from the dumpster some spacers, tympan sheets and a new friend! If this ink works (its for offset printing but could be ok) then I'm able to go back for another 50 tins!

Boxcar Base has arrived!

My new Boxcar base ready and waiting for rollers and then its all systems go!
Shiny, clean, scratchless...

All locked up...

But no rollers to go...

Friday, November 26, 2010

Inks and Pantone swatches.

Is is weird that I am excited by pretty colours?
Best one oil based inks, just a starter pack.
Should be able to mix most colours from the Pantone swatch with this lot!

Best One Mixing Black
Best One 032 Red
Best One Reflex Blue
Best One Yellow
Best One Trans White
Best One Opaque White

Friday, October 22, 2010

So Now I have Pearl. Isnt she lovely?....

The Press is a Golding Pearl no 3 (chase is 11"x 7"), it is in good
working condition, or it would be once the rollers are recovered, some ink, something to print on, some polymer plates to print with...

The press is treadle driven, not motor It was built in 1893, Boston USA.

She comes all the way from Sydney where a great guy Lawence saved it before it was scrapped.

Lawrence is a printmaker/designe/press restoration guy who I was lucky enough to stumble upon.

Fluid Ink Logo!

After much agonizing and deliberation, a logo has been decided on! Yay.