|Baren#3; Hemp cord and matte medium. Now on my etsy site.|
I've been using my home made barens for a little over a year now and I've had a chance to make some changes and tweaks. Mostly I've found a way to stiffen the cords--white glue and/or matte medium seems to work well. I've also added paper and glue to the backing disk--this makes it stiffer and just looks cooler.
I just finished Baren #4--a heavy-weight baren made from a marine nylon cord that was hard to twist (I needed 3 tries and 2 helpers).
|Baren #4 Nylon cord and Glue 12cm|
Now with a new takenokawa (leaf cover) and yellow varnish it's like new and ready for printing.
|Hemp twine and matte medium. Baren #3- 11.5cm size|
It turns out that these are pretty good as barens go. They are not as strong as my Murasaki professional or a ball-bearing baren. I need to break both of them in a little bit as the knots are still a little too prominent--I'll be printing later this week and a few impressions of solid color areas will do the trick. I specifically want to try out the heavy one on a beefy 100+ g/m2 Japanese paper as well as a smooth Italian etching paper......so I can try them side by side with my Murasaki. I'm still looking for the perfect cord....I hope to try waxed cotton twine (macrame cord) next.
|New leaf cover.|
|Pastry cardboard with glue and washi added to try to stiffen it.|
www.toadprints.etsy.com now has Baren #3 freshly listed.
Cost: 35 Euro plus shipping-New backing paper (a couple of layers of paper and acrylic matte medium), waterproofing and strengthening of the cord with glue. Freshly wrapped with a zero-km bamboo leaf cover (takenokawa) from my Italian garden--and that's not all; for new printers, I'll also guarantee the cover--I'll replace it for up to 6 months if it tears from normal wear or printing---(since that's a task that new printers seem to universally fear when they start moku hanga printing. You have to get it to me but I'll rewrap it with a new leaf for free).
I think this is a great deal: it has several hours of labor, has been tested, you can return if it isn't what you want AND if it's still too expensive--you can make your own following the steps I outlined in an earlier post. Check back as I'll be making a couple of these next month and posting them to Etsy too. And I'll be posting the results of my printing tests next week.