Tips for printing on paper
If you have no photographic apparatus available there are two simple ways, and with a minimum of equipment, to make a copy of a forge mark on paper.
To make a rubbing
- pencil (preferably soft)
- thin sheet of white paper
- if necessary, tape
- Put the sheet of paper on the forge mark and press it down firmly with your hand. For large marks you can, if necessary, fasten the paper with tape so that it can’t move.
- Pick up your pencil and hold it as slanted as possible.
- Rub the pencil point quickly across the forge mark without using pressure. Move from side to side in wide strokes.
- The forge mark starts to appear in the middle of the stain in a lighter colour on a dark grey background.
- As soon as the image appears stop at once, or everything will go black.
To make a soot print
- a lighted candle or match
- clear tape
- Hold the object with the surface showing the forge mark at a slant or upside down.
- Move the flame past the forge mark until it is covered in black soot.
- Let it cool.
- Stick a piece of tape across the forge mark and press hard.
- Pull the tape off in one movement and stick it on white paper.
- You should now have a clear print which you can later scan or photograph.
- Rub the surface of the object clean with a dry tissue.