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Re: WANTED: Dry mount press

Dry mount presses can be used for all sorts of neat things.  B. Simon
talks about wire bound books.  I assume that this is a la Dan Kelm who
routinely uses dry mount for his bindings.  He uses Fusion 400 dry mount
material which is totally glue with no paper.  A dry mount press is nice
to have but others ways can be found to mount material.  Seal (a maker of
presses) usd to make something called a roll a mount which was around $35
and had rollers and a heated surface about 5" x 11" that you moved slowly
across paper.  They may still make it--It's great for those times when
you don't have a press available.  Also, I have successfully used a
regular iron on relatively small materials.


On Sun, 17 Nov 1996, Al Rubottom wrote:

> Dear B. Simon [and anyone interested]:
> You wrote [to Book-Arts &/or Letterpress lists]:
> >Have I described what is to you a "dry mount" press?" - I heard that they
> >were only used in photography in some way, - is that true, and if so, just
> >what kind of glue does one use?
> Yup. One typically uses adhesive in the form of sheets, placed
> between the materials [paper, board, art/photos, fabrics, etc.],
> which then melts & adheres the materials when the heat-cum-pressure
> of the press is applied. The bond may not be as permanent as other
> types, but it ain't too bad, often lasting 20-30-40+ years, depending.
> >I thought that this press was for an obsolete technology. If you need one I
> >seriously doubt that you would have to pay over $75.00 for a used one, but
> >you have to know where to look.
> Far from obsolete, seems to me; these things are still being
> manufactured and sold, for as much as $1200-1500 and up.
> Gee, professionals actually use them routinely to mount stuff!
> If you find one cheap and have a use for it, get it!
> The main limit/factor is the size of material it can accept.
> >I would really appreciate it if you could enlighten me on the use of the
> >above described presses. I must have seen twenty of them go at auction at
> >various times. It sure would be easy to pick one up.
> Yes, they do crop up, and can be cheap, and sometimes are
> worth it, unless they're utterly beat to sh*t and don't work right.
> *My* interest in such a press is almost purely to use as an
> easy way to mount/glue up paper and card stock for making
> pages/books, primarily with the steel-wire type of binding.
> Of course, one can mount any number of things on any number
> of compatible media, and one -- I think -- can control the
> heat & pressure used to do so. Not totally clear on that yet...
> They can also be used just to flatten/straighten things like
> prints, art, sheets of whatever type, esp. if little or no
> heat is used and/or monitored carefully.
> A certain "dan" questioned the value of using one and another
> "cavedog" had mental cringes thinking about dry mounting.
> Both seemed to assume that I was about to glue up every priceless
> photographic print I could lay hands on... hmmm.
> Their recommendations for alternative methods of mounting stuff
> are duly noted, and might even be applicable someday to my
> uses -- I hope others can benefit from their advice.
> As it happens [we call this "support of nature"], a visitor
> here from the Land of LA, after being plied with a sumptuous
> brunch of my hand-pressed waffles, offered us the use of his press,
> which resides unused in a closet or box. So I'm hopeful this
> may solve the immediate problem! Success stories to follow...
> Al
> Al Rubottom   /\   alrub@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> tel: 619.292.9998 /\ fax: 619.541.2260

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