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    Drymount tacking question

    I tried my first drymount today.

    I don't have a tacking iron, so I just stuck a steel rule in the press to warm up some. Thought I could use it in place of an iron. Well.... it sort of worked, but the steel rule stuck very nicely as well.

    Question is; whats up with a tacking iron, that it wont stick to the tissue? Do I need to break down and get a tacking iron? Or is there some other method, that you guys use?

    Thanks

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    I use a household iron set on low heat. I think there is some type of teflon surface.

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    Thanks Jon,
    That would be simple enough.

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    Good Evening, Tim,

    Perhaps some tacking irons have a non-stick surface, but the ones I've used don't.

    The solution is simple: Use a non-stick material between the iron and the tissue. The Seal Release Paper is what's normally used, but I've also used a small piece of the backing from a used sheet of address labels. I suspect that the backing material from our current self-sticking postage stamps would work also, although I haven't tried it. The tacking iron should be kept adhesive-free, just as it's a good idea to keep any adhesive from contaminating the press platen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Shiu View Post
    I use a household iron. I think there is some type of teflon surface.

    Jon
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    So many obvious simple solutions. I'm starting to feel a little slow.
    Thanks guys

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    Has anyone ever tried parchment paper as an overlay while dry mounting with heat? I noticed my wife using it to line cookie sheets while baking them. It obviously handles a good deal of heat and sticks to neither the cookie sheet or the backed goods.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobwysiwyg View Post
    Has anyone ever tried parchment paper as an overlay while dry mounting with heat? I noticed my wife using it to line cookie sheets while baking them. It obviously handles a good deal of heat and sticks to neither the cookie sheet or the backed goods.
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    Of course you could just buy a tacking iron, I got mine for $5. There are many out there.
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    Michael,

    I wish I'd thought of that. The obvious usually escapes me.

    Seriously, thats one thing I've never seen in my scrounging travels. If I ever run across one, I'd pick it up in a heartbeat. (Especially for 5.00)

    Tim

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