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    Default Joe Ledbetter Letterpress Process Thread

    Finally getting around to doing a process thread, since we can now do everything in house here at the shop.
    We are doing a print and card by Joe; the print will be two colors (black and gold) plus a blind-debossed layer, the card will be black and gold as well.

    Just found out, after five years of doing this, that the place across from our platemaker outputs negatives. I thought they were a digital print shop, and why no one told me this is beyond me. So here's a big ass negative straight from an Illustrator file:


    I cut the negatives down, and then the photopolymer gets trimmed:


    Into the exposure unit for 3 minutes:








    Time for the wash-out, another 2 to 3 minutes:


    One of the card images:


    Two of the larger plates for the print:


    Once it's washed out, we rinse the plates off, blot them and then into the drying rack for 20 minutes:


    Once they dry, they need to come back up to room temp, and then get post-exosed for about 5 minutes.
    Finished plates for the card:




    Wanted to test one of the plates and the gold ink, so we threw this on the press. This will actually be printed in black for the finished card:






    Next up is the printing.

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    nice

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    I know nothing about the letterpress process so this is cool to see.

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    letterpress is so awesome. but expensive.

    looks great so far.

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    Very interesting, thank you for posting it. I would love to see something like this from start to finish in person.

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    Sexy.

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    It's been a lot of fun learning about the photopolymer and everything else involved in printing with ink. The shop mainly did foil-stamping previously, so this is bringing in a whole new level to our capapbilities.

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    Very cool,

    Now you can do some of my art

    -loco

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    Holy crap man that's awesome you can make the polymer plates in house, so freakin jealous.
    "Fame" can lick my sweaty undercarriage. ~Jeph
    that's like hearing hugh hefner is over the p_ssy thing. ~motownjc
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    Yeah, the owner sold his BMW motorcycle to buy that platemaking machine. It was a little tricky figuring out the right time and temp on everything, which would have been made a lot easier if we had just read the manual first.

    Any time you wanna do something Henry, just let me know.

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