Monday, March 30, 2009

In Praise of My Kwikprint

I was asked just last week what services I offer that are unique. What a great question! It got me thinking about my journals - they are unique in and of themselves but do not qualify as a service. Then I thought about my years of experience as a bookbinder and the terrific equipment I have amassed. One piece that is unique for a small bindery is this Kwikprint machine.

This hand machine enables me to personalize my journals with names, wedding dates, or just fun images I find by searching eBay for lead type.

Basically you place the letters or dingbats (see below) in the type holder you see above. Then you place the item to be stamped on the platform and wait while the heating element heats up the type.

Here are examples of "dingbats" as they are called. They, and the type, are cast from lead. It is a fairly soft metal so I keep the heat on the lower side so as not to melt the pieces. Brass is more duable but hard to find and more expensive.

When the machine is heated up I place a piece of silver or gold foil onto the journal I am personalizing. I then pull the big lever and Voila - personalized items!

These are some examples - a guest book with the name of the family and a book Christmas ornament with a star dingbat on the cover.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That Kwikprint is pretty heavey too, even without the lead type!

I am amazed that spare parts are still available fopr this tool.. Just like with an old Mercedes where you can buy parts for your old cars right over the counter.

Quality shows.