Magnesium plates, this is your moment
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The new studio is still (and always will be) a work in progress. But with the big logistical projects out of the way, it was time to move on to the creative stuff! I’d already had loads of fun designing the window decals and creating my wire-and-clip inspiration board.

But there was one big project left on the wish list and I was determined to cross it off before our launch party.

When we first started in letterpress, we used magnesium plates mounted on wood. We did a handful of jobs this way before we made the switch to the Boxcar base system and have never looked back. The metal plates have been collecting dust in a galley case for the last couple of years and I’ve always thought they deserved better.

The plan was to ink them all in various colors and mount them on the wall in a cool shape. Easy right? Well, it took quite a bit of time (more than expected!) especially since we decided the placement was somewhat precious. First, we inked them all…

Then, once dry, we laid them on the floor and fiddled (read bickered) until the placement was just right. The next step was to painstakingly measure the distance between each…

…and transfer them to the wall. I would read the measurements aloud while Matthew measured and hammered – 4 nails per plate! We used white nails so the plates really look like they’re floating in their apostrophe (or lamb chop) shape.

Keep an eye out for photos of the finished “scultpture” in our upcoming studio tour.

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