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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

States With Highest Number of Jobs for Pressmen

Well the figures are out and they reveal the states that have the highest number of jobs for pressmen.  The department of labour statistics revealed a map identifying each state and the number of press operators employed.  Here it is: It's really not surprising in some ways.  Offset pressmen are generally employed in more metropolitan areas.  Here is a more detailed breakdown to reveal exact numbers. State Employment  Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage California 15,340 0.96 0.79 $18.11 $37,670 Texas 10,350 0.88 0.73 $17.96 $37,360 Illinois 9,360 1.59 1.31 $20.40 $42,430 Pennsylvania 9,260 1.61 1.33 $18.08 $37,600 New York 8,960 0.98 0.81 $19.16 $39,850 There are some siginificant details in these figures.  For example, Illinois doesn't stand out with an impressive number of jobs, but the employment per thousands jobs is significant.  Its a hub for printing and the demand for printing jobs will certainly be felt