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Jim Moore

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I just finished dry mounting some prints for the first time.

I've had the dry mount press for nearly a year now but have always been a little intimidated by the thought of using it for some reason.

Tonight I finally gave it a try and I have to say that it was not as difficult as I thought it would be.

Could have been beginners luck but the prints came out just fine.

Jim
 

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My first drymounting (why doesn't that sound right?) kinda snuck up on me when I tried to flatten a print and accidentally used MT5 instead of release paper. Sure, it was mounted emulsion side down, but no bubbles! I thought it was beautiful.
 

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Poco said:
My first drymounting (why doesn't that sound right?) kinda snuck up on me when I tried to flatten a print and accidentally used MT5 instead of release paper. Sure, it was mounted emulsion side down, but no bubbles! I thought it was beautiful.

You could show it as the beginning of your minimilist period?!**) Poco I have to say that your post raised a loud chuckle I wish I could have been a fly on the wall to see the look on your face as the print came out of the press.

On a serious note, I've never used release paper in the 20 odd years that I've dry mounted prints preferring to use two sheets of museum board and have never had any problems. The key to successful dry mounting is to make sure that the print and the board are dry.
 

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"as the beginning of your minimilist period?"

There was a high-key airiness to the result, no question. Quite subtle ;-)

I've read that release paper isn't actually necessary. The one pack I bought will probably last me a lifetime because I just keep re-using the stuff.
 

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I was watching a cooking show. They were baking some sort of delicate pastry and using a teflon liner on their cookie sheet to prevent sticking. I thought "Wow! It takes heat and nothing sticks to it". Brilliant, Huh?

I've been using ever since but, like Les, I've never had a problem with well trimmed prints sticking to either a museum board or kraft paper cover sheet.

The teflon stuff is unbeatable for tacking though and would probably be handy for those who dry mount using a hand iron.
 
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