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The Dick Blick 906 Etching Press or Speedball Press-recommendations?

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Scurfield (scurfield)
Sun, 04 Apr 1999 07:08:58 -0500

Once again, fellow ArtsEdNetters, I need to pick your brains. I wrote a
grant last fall to make books with all my elementary students at Clark
Elementary. The conditions of the grant were that only half of the
money could be used for consummables, which was, of course, no problem.
But the other half had to go for equipment, field trips, workshops etc.
So I put into the budget $600 for a printing press. At the time I was
on a cart, but told I could use the Multipurpose Room (gym) to teach.
Since them, more gym classes were added so I am pretty much stictly on
the cart. An art room might open up for next year, but then again
probably not.

Have any of you used the Dick Blick 906 etching press? I think I'll get
the 36" phenolic bed plate, but wasn't planning (didn't budget) the
bench to go with it. Would I be able to put this on an audio visual
cart to push around? Or am I completely nuts and should instead buy
eight of the little Speedball presses which are currently on sale from
Dick Blick for $55.70? I am planning to use the presses for watercolor
monoprints (my plates are 5" X 7"), EZ cut Block prints (either 4" X 6"
or 6" X 8"), collographs, etc.

Eight students could print at once with the Speedball presses, but the
print size limit is 6" X 8". I figure this is my one and only chance to
buy a NICE printing press, but is the idea practical?

I'd really like to hear from someone who has used either one or both of
these presses.

Thanks, Marcia Scurfield
Derby, KS

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