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Hello and Welcome to our little site.  Lyme Bay Press is focused on providing all things letterpress and a few more goodies besides.  We look after all letterpress printers large and small and can supply you with printing plates, exposed and unexposed as well as lots of ink, Van Son rubber based, our favourite for letterpress printing or oil based if you prefer things a little looser.  We also carry everything you will need to keep your printing press nice and clean as well as some lovely papers to print on.  We are constantly adding new products, so please drop by the store and see what we have to offer.  If you can’t see what you are looking for please give us a call, we don’t bite.


 Lyme Bay Press - Letterpress Printing Press

Letterpress Printing Plates

We’re here to provide Letterpress printing plates in KF95 and KF152  (unexposed or ready to run) for the letterpress community in the UK – worldwide too! For prices see our Plate Price Calculator. We have a complete mounting base system including mounting tape and we stock Van Son Rubber Inks.

Fast, crisp and easy running with perfect results. You’ve dreamed about it, now it’s here. We offer full technical support, we will get you printing.

Our letterpress printing plates are made from photopolymer and supplied by Toyobo of Japan.  We stock them in 2 thicknesses, the KF152 and the KF95 with KM95 coming soon for printers with magnetic bases. The plates fit straight on to our Chase base, available in our store, come supplied with a sticky mount, just peel and stick and first class post to all mainland UK addresses is included in the price.  Click here to read more about our 152 plates and here for our 95.


Letterpress Printing Plates and Chase base


Type High Blocks

You don’t have to have a chase base to use the ever popular KF152 Letterpress Plates for your printing. We can use the KF152 plate and mount it on a block type high so that you only have to pop it into your chase and print away.

More information on our blocks can be found here.

Letterpress type high blocks


Letterpress Bronzing Powders

We have had a very positive response to the bronzing powders that we now sell through our store, we’ve struggled sometimes to keep them on the shelf but it’s good to know that people like and want them. We now have a full shelf full if you would like to order through the store… just click here

Not every letterpress printer has access to a hot foil machine or wants to.  Instead you can use a very fine metallic bronzing powder to lift metallic ink which can sometimes look a little dark and flat on an uncoated board.  When applied to a wet ink and then dusted off, you are left with a lovely sheen of shiny metal on top of your ink.  Silver, Gold and Copper are now available through our store here.  If you need any advice on how to use them please do get in touch.  Just look how lovely they are in the little sample below…

If you’d like to find out more, just have a read of our Letterpress Bronzing page

Letterpress Bronzing Powders


Ink in 100g Tubes

We’ve listened to you.. and we know that many of our printers don’t want to buy huge 1kg tins of our rubber based and oil based printing inks, so we’ve decided to pop them into tubes for you.  This means that your ink should last much longer in the tubes as the oil based in particular do have a tendency to skin. Our tubes hold 100g of your favourite inks. We have all of the rubber based and oil based on there now as well as the fluorescents and metallics. We even have a letterpress printed swatch of the Fluorescents, in case you wanted to see how they come out, if you would like one regardless, just get in touch and we’ll pop one in th epost, a similar thing for the other ranges will be made up soon too.

Click here to go over to our ink in tubes on the store..

Letterpress Ink in Tubes


Fancy Seeing what the Fluorescent inks look like… well we’re popping one of these in for each Fluro order, or you can contact us if you’d like one before you buy.

Lyme bay Press Flourescent inks

Please know that the colours of the fluorescent inks on screen will not be as vibrant as the printed versions.. that’s monitors for you.