polymer plates

Planning and Discussions

Yesterday, I managed to meet with all three of my advisers for this project (two of which are actually my academic advisers.)  First, I stopped by Bernie’s office to ask about the printing of my project.  

Last year, one of my classmates had trouble printing the lat part of her book because the type she was using wore down.  The quality of the printing lessened, and it halted most of her project.  If I’m going to be setting type, that will be an issue.  Luckily, I won’t have to set type for my entire book.  

I asked Bernie about getting polymer plates made of my book.  He showed me some examples of them; they’re flexible and can be attached to a board so that they’re the correct height for the printing press.  The ones Bernie had were blue, and the text was gold.  I can send a word document of my project to a company that will make the polymer plates for me.  That definitely saves me from the stress of setting type and having it wear down.

Second, I stopped by Coach’s office.  Yesterday was the day we decided that I would hand in the drafts of my prose poems.  I talked about some things I want to change (such as the point of view of one of the poems) but wasn’t sure how I would go about it.  Coach says he’ll look them over and hand the drafts back to me next Thursday.  That means I’ll have all of break to make my final edits.  

Third, I met with Erik to talk about the marketing of my project.  I’m working on creating a graphic to put on the UMM web page.  I’m also going to have to start posting this on my own Facebook to advertise what I’m doing.  This is all pretty nerve wracking, but I do think this pressure will help me propel my project forward.

I have another idea for a binding, but I’ll post about that later once I have my mock-up made.  (Sometimes ideas look better in my head than they do when created.)

Things are moving forward and I’m pretty excited.  I honestly feel like things are getting underway. 

Vanity Project

I had these polymer plates on my desk for about 8 months collecting dust and finally had a chance to get the printing done with my partner, Mystic Multiples. My supply of beautiful business cards is now replenished. The cards are 4 color letterpress on Cranes Letra 220lb. I love the overlays and depth of impression on the card face. I think there’s something Sailor Moon-esque happening here ;D

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I’ve started printing!  I have much more to say about that later–and a lot of pictures to sort through–so in the meantime, here’s video of me printing on the Vandercook press!

The Printing Process: Part 1

I’ve begun printing!  (And, as of this posting, I have finished printing.)

Before I even started printing, I drew up a template.  The template noted the margins of my pages so that I could compare what I had set onto the press.

I also had to cut out the polymer plates.  The polymer plates came in one big sheet, so I needed to cut each individual page out.  Below the polymer plates is my page planning–that is, which plates go together for my printing.

I don’t exactly work neatly… This is my work space, as I cut my polymer plates and planned the order of my printing.  

Printing on the press takes a lot of planning, even if you aren’t hand-setting type.  Cutting out the plates took a lot longer than I had expected. 

Cupcake Earrings Red Velvet Cupcakes Jewellery

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Jewelry / Dangle Earrings / Red Velvet Cupcakes
Color: silver
Earwire : 16mm
Materials: polymer clay, silver plated ear findings (nickel and lead free)
Finishing: satin
Designed & handmade in France
Processing time: 3-5 days

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