Re: Circular copper plates
I know this is a bit late, but just in case:
I don't see producing circular plates as a problem. I make odd stuff all the time. Here's what I'd do:
1- forget about farming that work out to others unless you need dozens of them. Making them yourself is easy. If you can print, you can make a round plate.
2- take the money you'd spend on having someone cut them for you, and buy a cheap jig-saw and a few metal cutting blades at the home improvement.
3- if you don't have a spare room... set up a little work station outside, maybe in your parking lot or driveway.
4- buy a can of blue layout dye. It costs ~$3, and will allow you to lay out your circle accurately.
5- scribe the circle using your scriber and a round template.... or a compass.... or a home-made trammel.
6- cut the circle out with the jig-saw.... keeping close to the line, but not over it....then file away the bumps / lumps. OR if you can get access to a disk / belt sander, then it's very simple to grind it exactly to the line.
That's it. Polish your plates, and go print with them.
For some reason a lot of folks think things like this are beyond them, when in fact just the opposite is true. If you think about it, you will realize that by doing things like this for yourself you both save money, and add to your skill set.
You can do it. Not too long ago, I made a printing press while living in a tiny 1 room apartment, using nothing but hand tools. It was a big pain in th backside.... but it printed well. Actually, I think it's story is posted here on Wet Canvas, or on Briar Press.
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