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Old 03-31-2012, 09:40 PM
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safety-kut ?

Greetings! I just joined today - stumbled across the site while trying to get information on using safety-kut in a press. I've done in my shoulder with hand pulling prints on BFK paper using muscles that are not as strong as they used to be. I work with safety-kut as I do much of my work onsite while camping. I'm looking at tabletop presses to also use for etching, monoprint and woodblock. Any suggestions or tips would be much appreciated.
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Old 04-01-2012, 08:20 AM
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Re: safety-kut ?

I use a Dick Blick Econo Etch Model II (which is the same as the Richeson baby press) Its a very good small press suitable for intaglio and relief printing - costs around $600 once you add in all the blankets etc. and gets great reviews all round - I've had no problems at all and just love it! You can also look at Charles Morgan's design for a diy bottle press which has great reviews from other printmakers on the site - Charles is a member here too. There is a lot of info on this forum about presses if you search through it a bit. Regards Annamie
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Old 04-01-2012, 08:27 AM
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Re: safety-kut ?

I had the Dick Blick Econo Etch too for 30 years (just donated it to the local university printmaking program) and loved it. The only down side is the size (no big prints) but it's simple, easy to use and can be stored or moved by one person. I did everything on it that a printmaker could desire (etchings, drypoints, relief, etc.).

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Old 04-01-2012, 08:32 AM
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Re: safety-kut ?

Regarding safety-kut and a press, you would need to make 'runners' for along the sides to keep from squishing the safety-cut (need to do the same with linoleum and relief prints). It's a no-brainer and easy to create. I have several depending on the height of my various plates.

They may not be called 'runners' but they are narrow strips longer than the plate/paper and the same height as the plate/wood/lino that are laid on either side of the press bed. It keeps the roller from jumping off the plate at the end or from squashing the lino, thus losing detail after several prints.

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Re: safety-kut ?

+ 1 for the Richeson Baby press. I was lucky to pick a lightly used one locally (how lucky is that?) for a couple hunnert bucks - including an extra bed and a few extra blankets. Works great for prints up to a certain size... which works for me as I'm not working on a 'heroic' scale right now.Solid mechanics and adjustability. If you cast around, you can find pretty good deals.
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Old 04-01-2012, 02:18 PM
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Re: safety-kut ?

Thank you for the tips! My pieces are too big for the Baby Richeson, but the tip on runners is super helpful.
Happy printing!
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Re: safety-kut ?

Be very careful of printing this type of surface with a press
if too much pressure is exerted on it stretching will occur as I recently learned
the runners will definitely help but again if your roller is too tight it can stretch out the matrix when it is passed underneath.
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Re: safety-kut ?

Yeah, I remember someone atttempting Safety Kut in a press and the block totally squashed!!! You might be safer using a marble rolling pin...

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Re: safety-kut ?

Quick question...can you make the runners out of the same material and thus ensuring the same thickness?
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Re: safety-kut ?

Normally you would but in the case of this material, since it can squish down, I'd build up a pair of runners/rails instead. Try finding mat board or plywood to build them.

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Old 04-09-2012, 05:52 PM
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Re: safety-kut ?

I made some runners recently using some oak frame moulding with strips of mat board glued to the surface to build it up to the exact same height as the material.
Another option is to totally surround your block on all sides with an equal height harder surface (ie. mdf, particulate board) so it can contain the block and prevent stretching of the material when it is passed under the roller. The softer the matrix the more problems you might experience with press based printing.
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