Intaglio Printmaking Techniques : Intaglio Printing Press

Intaglio Printmaking Techniques : Intaglio Printing Press


Hi, I’m Jason Shoemaker at Slug Fest Printmaking
Workshop. I’m going to talk a little bit about Intaglio print making. One of the key components
of print making, of course is the press. A couple of the basic features of a press, you
have your drum, you have your press bed, you have your gear box, the wheel which is, makes
everything happen and this is how you set your pressure. If you’re not sure where the
pressure is on a press bed, go ahead and crank it all the way down where the drum is actually
touching the press bed. One thing to remember is to crank it down evenly. You don’t want
to crank one side all the way down and then go to the other one because you can bind the
drum. If there’s somebody here with you, just have them adjust that one as you’re adjusting
it. If not you’re going to have to adjust this and then come over here and adjust this
one here. One special feature we have, which is a good idea to do is to take a piece of
plexiglass; this is a piece of Lexan. This is clear plastic. Lexan is a little more flexible
than plexiglass if that makes sense. What this is going to allow you to do, it protects
the press bed, it’s easy to clean off, and you can actually put your registration marks
underneath there. So if you’re doing auditioning you can wipe off any ink you may have gotten
onto the press bed without having to move your registration marks or any of that.

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