I bought my last set of balnk coasters from Katz, and they did well, but I thought I’d ask if anyone has any experience with other brands, as it’s time for me to reorder.
Also, I haven’t had any issues with cracking, but I was thinking about experimenting with wetting the surface first. Has anyone tried this? Was the ink more receptive? What technique did you use? I remember at one of the demos in Asheville (paper making?), someone mentioned using a plant mister to wet the paper, then put it in a sealed plastic bag overnight.
FYI, I’m printing these on a 5x7ish Craftsmen tabletop press. Not a really heavy impression but it’s working pretty well (especially since I did some much needed maintenance on it?thank you Kelly McMahon!).
I haven’t tried dampening coasters, but it’s an interesting thought. I had some cracking with the last box I ordered from Katz, and it made the fine detail look yucky (to me, anyway, but I doubt the client noticed). I also haven’t seen any other brands/suppliers out there for pre-cut coasters, but I’d be interested to know if there were!
I’ve’ always found that dampening helps to solve the cracking issue on coasters. You still have to take care with the impression depth, but dampening will allow you to get a deeper impression without cracking. If it’s not a large run (done it for 800 before and the arm started to get sore), I’ll set up my garment steamer and wave the coaster through the steam while the previous coaster prints. It takes a little bit of coordination to get the timing right, but so worth it and it doesn’t take up the space of a ‘humidor’.