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How to Make a Good Print

 

My printing blocks are made out of copper (or brass).  While they are designed to be printed by hand, they work slightly different to rubber stamps. They are replicas of the original printing blocks that work in printing presses. Therefore you have to reproduce the effect of the printing press.

 

Firstly, you need a good quality pigment ink e.g. Color Box Pigment Ink. Put plenty of ink on the block by dabbing the sponge applicator multiple times onto the face of the block to ensure even ink coverage.

 

Next you need a slight cushion under the paper you will be printing on.  This helps the ink absorb better onto the paper.  A folded up paper towel or a mouse pad work great.

 

Now press firmly with both hands using a rocking motion taking care not to smudge the image. Release and you should have a perfectly printed image.

 

How to Make a Wax Seal

 

You can use your block to make a wax seal by dipping it in melted wax.  This method was used throughout history to seal letters and documents.

 

First, prepare your block with a small amount of oil (cooking oil works fine) applied to the surface of the block, or use ink for a two-toned effect.  This ensures that the wax will not adhere to the block. 

 

Next, light the wick of the sealing wax stick, holding it at an angle.  Drop in a single spot, enough wax to fit your block. With the end of your wax stick, stir around the wax to the size of your block. 

 

Next, take the block and press gently into the soft wax.  Hold it firmly for a few seconds, and then pull the seal up.  If the wax should dry too quickly, repeat the procedure.  Have your envelopes hand cancelled at the post office or mail them in an outer envelope.

 

Another product that can be found is wax sticks that fit into hot glue guns.  This enables you to create a much larger quantity of melted wax.

 

Have fun!

 

 

 

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