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    Hold Flat Easel Or ?

    I've print paper which is not flat and bladed easels which
    do not hold flat.

    What are my options: single size slip in or frame, sticky-back
    or some other type. I don't think I'd care for a vacuum easel.
    Many years ago I did use a sticky-back when exposeing
    process films. I think that may be the way to go. Are
    there any experienced with that? Dan

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    Try (carefully) reverse curling the paper before you put it in the easel. If your blades are just too loose, you might try adding small magnets to hold them down after you've loaded the paper.
    [COLOR=SlateGray]"You can't depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus." -Mark Twain[/COLOR]

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    Have you ever heard of a spring bed easel? Years ago I used one
    and it was sure and super fast. Sized for 8x10 only it had a
    lever in front which, when turned with the left hand,
    depressed the bed while the right hand inserted
    the paper. No blades, only a frame against
    which the bed pressed upward. Dan

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    Never seen one, but it sounds like a nifty idea.
    [COLOR=SlateGray]"You can't depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus." -Mark Twain[/COLOR]

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbarker
    Never seen one, but it sounds like a nifty idea.
    The nearest thing to that spring bed easel of years ago,
    that I've seen, are the Saunders single size swing
    frame easels. The frame is likely of steel but is
    narrow. I may try one of those. Dan

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    In the past I've used 3M removable adhesive in a spray can. It's the same stuff that comes on sticky notes. You can spray a bit on the easel & the print will stick & will be easily removed. The adhesive can be washed off the easel easily.

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    My 20x24 Saunders easel has "deformed" blades and does not hold the paper flat. I use small rare-earth magnets to hold the blades. These are small, yet extremely powerful magnets. This approach works.

    Another approach I have used is to place a super-clean, deffect-free glass on top of the paper (and the blades).

    Hope this helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JackRosa
    I use small rare-earth magnets to hold the blades. These are small, yet extremely powerful magnets.
    Excellent idea Ralph and Jack, thanks.
    If I had been present at the creation, I would have given some useful hints for the better arrangement of the Universe.
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    I've read another post or two praising that 3M sticky stuff.
    Another post mentioned a Darkroom Cookbook formula for
    homebrew sticky.

    I'd think that method would take all the warp out of the
    paper and there would be no need for an easel. Some easy
    to clean sheet material should do. Dan

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    When I was enlarging I had a piece of 16ga sheet metal that I used to make borderless 11x14 prints. I sprayed it with the 3m adhesive & it worked great.

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