(Closed) DIY Letterpress help

posted 6 years ago in Paper
Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

have you been trying clean the brayer with vegetable oil ? is so fast end easy .

may be if you  start painting the printing plate from the bottom to the top in one direction only , hope this helps.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Goo gone is wonderful!!! Seriously, it’s kind of a miracle-worker. Also, it looks like you may be over-inking your brayer perhaps…

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

You might be using too much ink. You only need a little bit to go a long way. Just put a tiny dab on the rolling plate and roll your beater through it enough to get an even light coat.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

And by beater I mean brayer. Stupid iPhone.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Yay they look great! Do you have any tips to share? I’ll be starting mine in a few weeks!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Thanks! I’ll keep that in mind for mine. 🙂

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Is it really hot in the room? How many print are you getting before the ink dries out?

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@mkim:  I had the SAME issue.  It took me awhile to get to know the ink.  When it started to get tacky (as opposed to having that nice, subtle sheen), I would add a tiny bit more ink.  I typically could only go an hour or so, though, before the tackiness won out and, like you, I’d have to clean everything off.

I wonder if it’s the ink or just DC climate?  I was using the L Letterpress ink.

They look great, by the way!

Post # 16
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

These sound like a hassble, but look beautiful!

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