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How To Make Printing Ink

  Introduction Printing ink is so much more than just the black stuff that you put on a page. It has been around for thousands of years, and it's been used in everything from newspaper presses to digital printers. As you can see, we're not talking about offset printing ink which is oil based. I want to have a little fun and talk about how you can make your own ink for your printer.  At home! Ready? Ingredients You will need the following ingredients: Soot (5 tbsp) : This is as purest as it gest. You can make the soot yourself by holding a glass up to a flame. This will allow you to slowly accumulate the soot. Water (2 tbsp): For the base of your ink, use distilled water so that you don't introduce any impurities into the mix. Distilled water is also easier to clean up than tap water because there are no minerals or residue left behind from tap water. Alcohol (2 tbsp) (grain alcohol): This ingredient works as a preservative for your ink and allows it to last for several mo

How To Land A Job At A Commercial Printer

Here are a few tips that can help you get the edge if you are an offset pressman trying to get pressman jobs . These steps of course compliment any advice in looking for work, but here's a few extra things you will need as a printer. 1. Where An Offset Pressman Can Find a Job It goes without saying that if you know a particular press very well, you have a much better chance getting work where those presses are to be found. Do your homework. Seek out commercial printers that have the same press that you know. Perhaps the press isn't that common. That's OK. That's what makes you specialized and it's what is going to sell a printer on your resume. 2. A Pressman Should Look The Part Of The Job I'm not talking about imitating those pressmen that appear scummy with long shaggy hair and three days growth on their face and tatoos all over their body. Clean up and wear a suit. You'll seem like the best pressman that walked the face of the earth, beca