Thursday, December 21, 2006

Letterpress and Crisco...

Hmm, sounds appetizing, doesn't it? No, I'm not going to try frying up some dinner on my Kelsey, but I've read many websites and blogs lately about printers that use Crisco oil to clean their rollers, type, plates etc. Not only is this a more environmentally friendly option, it is also one that could save me from getting loopy on solvent or cleaner fumes.

So, I gave it a try the other day, and yes, it works pretty well indeed. It's still a bit of a messy affair, but it does clean nicely, and I just need to use dish soap to wash my hands afterwards. I'm going to do a bit more research to see if this is a good idea for the long-term, so we'll see what I find...


  1. It's a great idea but you want to give everything a wash with solvent in the end.

  2. my school is actually a green studio so anything with oil ink [ or plastisol ] vegetable oil picks up pretty well. we'd do the order of veg oil - simple green - water. it works well. obviously with rollers you'd have to clean it pretty throughly.

  3. Hi! I found you through a link on Double Happiness.
    I started letterpress printing about 6-ish years ago in college + bought 3 presses + assembled a studio within a year after graduation, but am still learning.
    I will have to go through your blog + read your posts, but so far I love what I am reading, great info.
    I am going to venture into the Boxcar polymer plates soon (I've been printing with linoleum blocks for these last 6 years). Anyway, I may have to call on you + Kathleen @ Cake + Pie if I get stuck.

  4. Hello! Seems like a lot of us are in the same boat. I just bought a small 6x10 Kelsey Excelsior and haven't been able to get up and running just yet. I've designed and had plates printed through Boxcar and will hopefully be getting a private lesson on my press here next week. I'm very excited about it and so happy to have found your blog as well!
    I will definitely stop by often! :)


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