Friday, March 20, 2009

Pasta machine printing

I had the idea to use my pasta machine (which I've previously used for rolling out polymer clay) as a printing press. Ink a thin plate with a raised design, place it on top of a sheet of paper, and roll it through. If you click on the image above, you can see a sort of haphazard step-by-step sequence of the process I used. I'm fairly happy with this technique, although the rollers on my machine seem to not be exactly parallel. I may investigate alternate press approximations. (Maybe a vise would work? And a vise would be a useful thing to have around anyway for other crafts...)

I recently read Palimpsest and have a bunch of crafty ideas in my head because of it. It's a great book with lots of rich, visual language and interesting characters.


  1. riv, have you ever used your pasta machine for... making pasta? And you do realize you have access to a real printing press? ;-)

    Seriously, though, that's a neat hack and a cool result. Where'd the metal grating come from?

    (My copy of Palimpsest is in the mail, yay! My to-read stack just keeps growing, of course, but, ehh, it's a stack, I'm supposed to pull off the top, right? :)

  2. Yeah, well, the real printing press isn't in my living room :p And no, the pasta machine is dedicated for crafts.

    The metal grating was given to me by Yuki a few years ago. I think it may actually be intended for putting over open areas in computer cases, but I'm not sure.