Today's postings

  1. [Baren 35590] UV unit ("Jean Womack")
  2. [Baren 35591] Press chasing.... (Lana Lambert)
  3. [Baren 35592] solar plates (Barbara Mason)
  4. [Baren 35593] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
  5. [Baren 35594] Re: Exchange #37 No2 (Jan Telfer)
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Message 1
From: "Jean Womack"
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2008 17:43:23 -0700
Subject: [Baren 35590] UV unit
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When I get something from the hardware store that says Do Not Remove For Fear of UV Exposure, I don't remove it. They don't put those warnings on there for the heck of it. There are warnings on products like insect killer that tell you not to breathe the stuff and they really mean it--it's really dangerous. If it would make birds eggs so thin that they could not breed then imagine what it would do to our bones! I guess it destroys the little bones in the insects so they can't live or breed either. You just really have to pay attention to those hardware store labels. I used the protection that came on the MSDS sheet that came with the polyurethane. Use eye protection and gloves. I did that. Then when I demolded it after 16 hours, it was still sticky and I wasn't wearing gloves. I was lying there awake at 2 am wondering why I was still awake. I guess it was the polyurethane running around in my system. So I guess what I am trying to say is that the sunshine is good enough for me and it ought to be good enough for you too, if you care about your health. I guess I am being too blunt about it, but forgive me for that, please.
Jean Womack
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Message 2
From: Lana Lambert
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2008 18:02:30 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 35591] Press chasing....
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See guys! This is what I'm talking about! I almost
fell off my chair when I followed that link to Talas'
version of a caste iron nipping press. I have the
exact same version of the small one and it's retailed
at 1,005.30. I troll antique stores whenever I see
one and I got mine for 65.00! Keep your eyes open!

Check out the Briar Press Museum website for the
classifieds. They specialize in letterpresses but you
never know what might pop up.

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Message 3
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2008 18:56:56 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 35592] solar plates
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I have a lot of experience with solar plate....I think
you need your light source about 4 inches from your
plate to work well. Be sure not to look at the light
as it can cause eye damage, turn your back or cover it
with a black fabric cloth.
I don't use a vacuum table, just a heavy piece of
glass. If you have your plate on something soft, like
a piece of felt and then lay the glass over it the
weight of the glass should be enough to give you a
good contact. Email me if you have more problems. Test
strips are the only way to figure out the exposure
time with any light source.
My best
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Message 4
From: Blog Manager
Date: 9 Apr 2008 03:55:24 -0000
Subject: [Baren 35593] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification
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This is an automatic update message being sent to [Baren] by the forum blog software.

The following new entries were found on the listed printmaker's websites during the past 24 hours. (45 sites checked, five minutes before midnight Eastern time)


Site Name: Woodblock Dreams

Author: Annie B
Item: The Train to Lhasa


Site Name: Printmakingblog

Author: Dean Clark
Item: SGC '08 WRAP UP


Site Name: mLee Fine Art

Author: Marissa L. Swinghammer
Item: New!


Site Name: The Itinerant Artist

Author: Diane Cutter


[Baren] members: if you have a printmaking blog (or a website with a published ATOM feed), and wish it to be included in this daily checklist, please write to the Baren Blog Manager at:

For reference, sites/blogs currently being checked are:
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Message 5
From: Jan Telfer
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2008 20:36:22 +0800
Subject: [Baren 35594] Re: Exchange #37 No2
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Thank you Maria.