Hand made paper

We work with a windmill and are wondering about printing on handmade paper for invitations. We are not sure if it will pickup clean or how it will work. If you work with hand made papers we are interested in any feedback. Also, if you work with a different press type what works for you. We had thought about sort of hand feeding into the grippers but the odd overall shape is what is causing us to wonder.

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If You call up the On Line manual W W W etc. from around page 124 (long way down) several pages of attachments for feeding almost everything on The Platen(s) 10 x 15, & 13 x 18.!

I print on hand made paper using an Adana T/P48 treadle version. The deckle edge causes a problem of a consistent lay, I hand feed these to get a rough position on two wire gauge pins. Another method I have tried in the past is to push drawing pins through pieces of card, stick the cards on the platen and hang the paper on the pins.

The second problem is consistency of thickness as you draw the paper out of the vat, there will be variation. If you are adding an inclusion it may sit on the surface of the paper and peel off as the platen opens and sticks to the type, as happens with petals. Solid inclusion such as seed knocks out type so only use a metal plate and a rubber packing and don’t use a small type face. Other inclusion such as animal poo, (find your nearest reindeer, elephant or other grass eating animal) works and is just a novelty.

I have a regular short run comprising a 152 plate with a line of 60pt made by couples trying a paper making experience and the variation the customers like.

Thanks for the help. This something I will need to play with.

I have tried running handmade paper on the Windmill. After some time getting it set up correctly it feeds OK. The problem is of course, that the deckle edge is seldom square. Also,
I found that the biggest problem was the inconsistent paper weight/thickness. To make my life less stressful - I usually print handmade paper on my C&P.

single pass. single operation you may get by,,,, but if there is a final trim involved,or, multiple passes, you may want to cut a straight edge first, if not 2, guide and grip. it will prob make your world different on jobs like this.

Thank you for the feedback. I could see how the odd edge shapes could make this hard to work with. In fact I can’t see how you would ever print it with any press in a consistent manner.