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Kind Of Stamp Is This And Using It Right

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It looks like a piece of letterpress printing equipment, what they call a letterpress block or cut. You can use an arbor press if you are careful, but a good impression can be made by sandwiching the block and cased leather between lino blocks or something similar and using C-clamps.

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Photo not coming up for me and cased leather is just the leather one is going to imprinted? And lino blocks look to be made of wood and just seeing if that is right? Of course if might be a wood and foam so let me know the right one. And if all wood could one use like 2 pieces of 2x4 pieces and c- clamps for this item? Should it be wood and foam could one make like some 2x4 that have some kind of foam on them to use? And is their a kind a foam that is best? Or can you tell me steeps to making a home made lino block? And any kinds of c- clamps that are best to use?

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I'm not sure why you can't see the picture--anyone else able to see it? Try this link instead. http://leatherworker.net/forum/index.php?app=galleryℑ=18248

I use the lino blocks to make a sandwich. No particular reason, they were what I had on hand. You just don't want to put pressure directly onto the letterpress block with the clamp, or you could damage the metal or crack the wood.

Picture of lino-block sandwich here (http://leatherworker.net/forum/index.php?app=galleryℑ=18247)--this was a lino block, cased leather, some small flat foundry type (metal letters with no wood backing), and another lino block. The lino side of the lino block supported the leather and "gave" slightly, which resulted in a better impression on the very thin leather I used than the results I had with a very hard backing (a steel plate). The gray part of the lino block isn't a foam, but more a very hard rubber or a slightly rubbery hard plastic. A wood block should suit very well, but it will need to have no distinct grain--the grain can imprint on the leather too. You might be able to use a piece of thin masonite glued to a wood backing to give a firm, smooth surface.

Cased leather is the vegetable-tanned leather that has been prepared for tooling or stamping by dampening it with water. If you use the search bar at the top of the screen on the right hand side, and search the forums for "Casing" or "Cased leather", you'll pull up tons on posts on casing.

stelmackr on this forum has a great pdf on letterpress type and typography he posted a while back. You can find it here: http://aaleatherbigbookcovers.com/download/Typography%20in%20Leather%20Article.pdf

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