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Letterpress Guild of New England Wayzgoose 2008 pictures

I just posted some photos from the wayzgoose to Flickr. Check it out.

Using a household iron to heat type

Monotype keyboard paper roll   Sam and Bill   Michael demonstrates the Linotype model 31   Jacob   Composed composing sticks

Rebecca brushes off excess leaf

Obama '08 Much missed, at least by me, was Leslie of the Sea Dog Press (who sent along these Obama signs since she couldn’t make it in person) and Kelley of May Day Studios, (who printed the lovely invitations to the event)

2 Responses to “Letterpress Guild of New England Wayzgoose 2008 pictures”

  1. ampersand duck Says:

    So am I right in thinking that you learned how to heat up type on the press bed and then run layers of foil and paper over to do gold blocking without a gold blocker? INSPIRED! Has anyone tried it with bookcloth? Does it work?

  2. Ezra Ball Says:

    We actually learned two different methods to do foil stamping— both with equipment that was never really intended for the task.

    Yes, it was indeed inspired (in a “necessity is the mother of invention” kind of way), but really, it’s probably best to just get equipment that was intended for the task!

    Anyway, since I’m sure you are curious, one involved heating the type. John used a household iron to heat the top of the type, not the press bed; in fact, you need to insulate the press bed with packing (and cut down the back of the type an equal amount) or else the entire press acts as a giant heat sink. And heating an entire Vandercook up to 250°F is probably not a great idea.

    The other involved printing something in white ink, and then putting adhesive-backed fake gold foil over the printed area, covering it in another sheet of thin paper, making one more impression, letting it dry, and then brushing off the excess foil.

    I’ll scan the finished product tomorrow. The method that uses heat looks WAY better.

    The result is actually pretty good, but as I mentioned in the comments on flickr, this is probably not something you want to do on a typeface you really like. After maybe 5-7 hits, pits started to appear in the type. John has several monotype casters, so this was not a big deal for him, but it would be a big deal for me.

    I have no idea about bookcloth, having zero experience binding myself. This process is definitely pretty fussy, but, as John pointed out, nobody taught him to do this, it’s definitely not the “right” way. So if you can figure out a way to make it work, why not?

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