Today I met a temperamental old man of a press. He allowed me to get through half of my ‘staches unscathed. It’s a much less messy process than I had anticipated.
Rubber-based ink is applied and spread around the flat disk on top:
When the lever is pushed down several things happen: two rollers move up along the plate to the disk, collecting ink, are brought back down over the beveled letterpress plate design and the part holding the mustaches in place is pressed against the freshly inked plate. The disk also rotates so fresh ink is applied to the rollers and plate each time the lever is pushed. But sometimes he decided to be a little cranky and this would not happen.
Things are happening!
Photos, letterpress, space and instruction courtesy of the amazing Amanda Lebel!