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 Cathy Clemens Collection

Active and passive sides of Mini Etching Press No. 14

Mini Etching Press No. 14

Press specifications: Made in 2014. Mini Etching Press, pre-finished. Top and bottom rollers are 1.5 x 6 and 5.5 inches. The bed is 1/4 x 6 x 14.5 inch polycarbonate with steel rack; overall length is 14.5 inches; overall width is 9 inches; overall height is 10 inches; weight, about 13 lbs; hand-welded stainless steel drive wheel is 8 inches in diameter. Bed is rack-driven, approximating a 3:1 mechanical advantage. Wood is solid American black walnut with custom brass fittings and large, personalized side badge. Pressure screws are linked and synchronized. Includes two etching felts, user manual and allen wrenches.

About Cathy Clemens: Cathy contacted me after she saw the Mini Etching Press in a workshop at Pencil Box Press, owned by Jo Van Arkel. She wanted a custom badge, too, the design for which she gave and which I rendered and etched in brass. having seen the earlier Legacy Halfwood Presses being tested, she asked for a test print, too. She teaches at Ozarks Technical Community College.

Above: Cathy photographed on July 4, 2014, when she tried her Mini Etching Press on her intaglio plate. She has applied three colors on the plate at one time. Her plate is aluminum, maybe 16-gauge, which requires a generous bevel so it will print with reasonable ease. The Mini's rollers are 1 1/2 inches in diameter, whereas traditional large presses have larger diameter rollers. Her paper, 90-lb Stonehenge, shows deep embossing.


Bonus Print: "Vitruvian Press" by Bill Ritchie

Provenance: 2013. Bonus print. From an etched and engraved copper plate by Bill Ritchie. Image in black ink, 7" X 5" on 9 1/2" X 6" German Etching paper (Durer by Hahnemuhle watermark). Signed lower right, moment number on verso.

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