Letterpress v1.2

Manager: Kim
Team: Bob
Premise: Portable low cost letterpress.

Project Goals and Summary: 

Letterpress v.1.2 project is complete and free for anyone to play with. It has travelled to Maker Faire KC, Prom, and Abby and Nate used it to make their wedding invitations.

Project Progress and Details:

For those who want to use it there are a few quirks to follow. One is when letting out the pressure to not let it out all the way. That is, only let up enough so you can slip out the plate. Letting all the pressure out makes the jack leak and shortens its life. Second is to make sure you completely clean and dry the plates after use. There is an orange bucket that has extra 100% cotton paper, plates, ink and cleaning supplies. If you have any questions about operation just drop me a line and I can give a short lesson.

Letterpress v.2 will be coming when the current one needs to be retired to the great garage in the sky. New version will have casters for portability, narrow drawers to store materials, and a folding table built in to allow printing without the need of any external table.

Storage or Location:  Currently residing on the table in the assembly area next to member storage.

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Agenda

Today

  1. Silk Transfer Easter Egg Dying
    • Start time: 01:00pm
    • End time: 04:00pm
    • Arch Reactor crafting / upcycling workshop, Alix is going to teach us how to silk dye eggs. Free

      Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1523577781238060/

      Did you know you can dye an egg with a silk scarf? Alix will show us her secret method. Bring your imagination and crafting supplies. Bring cool easter related projects you have done to show off.

      Bring a snack or wine to share. AR has a microwave, refrigerator, and sink (cold water only though).

      Crafting stuff to definitely bring:
      - blown eggs (See instructions below). If you cannot figure out how to do this, bring unblown, raw eggs and I will show you how. Use white eggs only, any size. Any white eggs will work but free range ones tend to have thicker shells and so are a bit easier to work with.
      - brightly patterned silk fabric. It must be 100% silk. Neckties work best, the uglier the better. I will bring extras of this so if you don't have any, that's OK.
      - egg carton or other egg container
      -small buttons. I will also have extra of these.
      -glue gun, if you have one.
      - scrap cotton fabric in a light color. An old white t-shirt works well.
      -wooden skewers and a piece of foam to make a drying rack. You can get a foam wreath base from the dollar store. Alternatively, one of those cardboard egg drying things from a commercial easter egg dying kit would probably also work well.

      This is kind of half show and tell and half hang out and craft.

      You are still welcome to attend and hang out with us even if you do not want to make pretty eggs.

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      Blowing eggs is easy! You might screw it up the first couple of tries, so have spares handy. You will figure out the technique pretty quickly.

      To blow an egg:

      1) wash egg with soap and water.
      2) pierce pointy end of egg with a largeish sewing needle. Try to make this hole as neat as possible. If you have an electric drill, use the smallest bit you have.
      3) make a larger hole in the blunt end of the egg. This hole will be covered with a small button, so it does not have to be as neat. You should avoid creating any radiating cracks that could weaken the egg. You can use a variety of tools of this, I personally start with the sewing needle and then carefully enlarge the hole with the needle until it is about the size of a pea. An electric drill works great for this if you have one.
      4) insert a wooden skewer or similar object into the larger hole and thoroughly swish it around to break up the insides of the egg.
      5) hold egg over a small bowl. Turn it so that the bigger hole is facing downwards, and blow into the small hole. You should not have to blow too hard. If you are giving yourself a headache, stop and try enlarging one of the holes, or swishing the insides up better with the skewer.
      6) when you have blown out the egg, run a little water into the larger hole and shake it up to rinse out the insides a little, then blow out the water. You can skip this step if you want, the eggs will get cleaned out naturally during the dying process.
      7) make an omelet.

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  2. Hack Something!

Tuesday, March 31st

  1. Shop Training

Friday, April 3rd

  1. 2600 Meeting
    • Start time: 06:00pm
    • End time: 10:00pm
    • Arch Reactor is proud to host the only St. Louis 2600 meeting. More details about 2600 can be found at http://www.2600.com

      All 2600 meetings are open to the public. Contact stl2600.org

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  2. First at Science Center

Sunday, April 5th

  1. Hack Something!

Tuesday, April 7th

  1. Business Meeting