Re: vacuum easel?

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Date: 01/20/05-08:54:51 PM Z
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"how large you're planning to work"
fairly large. my eventual goal is to print photogravures. my etching press
accepts paper 22" wide, so as i set up my studio for this process and build
the neccessary equipment, i don't want to build anything that will later on
limit my ability to work up to that size paper if i so choose. of course in
the beginning i will be working small, as i learn the process.
i guess my largest negative size could eventually be 20 x 24 or so.
I've seen some 20 x 24 vacuum easels on ebay. seems like i could make one
of those work for me.
susan (
Susan Daly Voss
lower upstate NY

In a message dated 1/20/2005 9:35:20 PM Eastern Standard Time, writes: writes:
> i will have ), i realize now that i DO need a vacuum
> The next question i have of course, is can i build it, or will i have
> to, ....gulp...., buy one? Seems i could use a large vacuum easel
> and add a glass frame hinged to it. Would that work?

It probably depends on how large you're planning to work. Some people
simply sandwich things between a heavy sheet of glass and foam rubber,
letting gravity do the work. Some people use the old style hinged-back
contact printing frames. The Bostick and Sullivan site has plans for a
DIY vacuum frame, or you could get a heavy duty one on eBay or from a
local seller of used pre-press equipment.

I have been told that used vacuum frames are not as easy to come by as
they used to be, because someone figured out that there's demand for
them in South America. I have heard this from a number of people out
here, though it is hard to believe that it's profitable to ship these
monsters all that way.

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