Letterpress Bronzing – Adding the final touch
Letterpress Bronzing is a wonderful age old technique used to lift a print without moving into the foiling finish. It is a time consuming process and you have to allow time during printing to complete the bronzing process. Also enough room to make a mess is essential and you do have to take the correct safety precautions.
Bronzing is a technique achieved by adding a very fine layer of a metallic powder on to wet ink. It is left to dry and then brushed off the finished print. Because of the nature of the material, we recommend using it in a well ventilated area, if you have extraction equipment, this should be used, we use a small extraction cupboard just to help us. We also recommend a face mask which covers both nose and mouth as well as goggles, not the swimming variety, but if you get stuck, these are better than nothing! And don’t forget to cover your clothing, the letterpress bronzing powders are finer than glitter and will get into all those places you didn’t think you had.