I had been reading online about converting old mangles (clothing-presses) into etching/relief presses. In principle, their function is identical. Spare mangles are abundant, whereas etching presses are scarce, both used and new.
Buying a new press would be an exaggeration, as they are both expensive and difficult to transport. I had no luck asking people where I could find one in desperate need of a new home, nor did I get any results from ads. Since I already was in possession of two mangles, the choice was simple.
I compiled a list of items to to make the conversion complete:
- a bed plate made from a thin, strong material to fit between the two rollers
- wool printmaking blankets (at least two)
- a table/workbench to mount the mangle onto