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Ross Liew



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2007 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[My fav. DIY release is the Witches Hammer 7" with hand printed covers. I spent 8 hours embossing the logos on those things and they came good.[/quote]

How do you perform the embossing yourself? is there any special tool that can be bought off the shelf form some crafts shop or something? I've been searching for ways and methods on the Net but thus far have been unable to come up with anything remotely similar to what i want to do.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2007 7:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's called thermo embossing. It's a powder that melts when you heat it up and gives an embossed feel to the image. It's a time consuming process that's difficult to do in large quantity. It took me about 20 covers before I got the hang of things.

Oh yeah, you can buy the kits at craft and hobby stores.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2007 7:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Iīm still amazed how you do this and still have a life next to it. I know how much work running a label and disto is. And I was far from the size you are.


I don't drink or do drugs. All of my free time is spent with my wife and close friends. I make sure all of my time is used constructively. I also have a friend who helps out when he has time. I will soon reach my maximum productivity level though.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2007 7:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Anyway, itīs maybe just me, but I have a faible for the "bootleg look", he he ! I just canīt imagine some old 90īs death metal 7"EPīs with a cover done like the NIFELHEIM / SAD EX Split 7"EP for example.


I also like this look and have done many "cheap" looking covers... Witches Hammer 7", Death Church 7", Chicago Metal Hell 7", Funerary Pit 7", Outbreak of Evil 7" series, Black Goat LP, Pest MLP, Witches Hammer canadian speed metal LP, etc.
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Nocturnal Deathstrike



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2007 7:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NWN PROD wrote:
It's called thermo embossing. It's a powder that melts when you heat it up and gives an embossed feel to the image. It's a time consuming process that's difficult to do in large quantity. It took me about 20 covers before I got the hang of things.

Oh yeah, you can buy the kits at craft and hobby stores.


I did some research, but you need to draw the "to be embossed" area upfront with some special pen, right ? I think thatīs the point whatīs the biggest problem.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2007 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You get a rubber stamp made and they sell special ink pads with clear adhesive material.
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Nocturnal Deathstrike



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2007 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, I get that...
How did you heat them up without flaming the paper ?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2007 11:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you have a close up pic of the said embossed area? Would really like to have a real good close up look as all i can imagine now are those that are done from the factory. thanks
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 6:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They're like those embossed business cards. I'm sure you've seen those before. [/list]
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Daniel's comment about metal is only about music... I don't completely disagree with you, but I think aesthetic value plays a big part in music. Music is nothing but soundwaves without human emotions, right? I like vinyl releases because the visual becomes part of the whole listening experience. Just imagine if Morbid Tales came without a poster and you couldn't stare at Tom G. Warrior's hand written texts while playing it at volume 10.


Damn, that's poetic; words to live by for any label...

I remember in one of the Witches Hammer lp interviews (the one with Ray Prizmic, so must be Stretching lp?), at the end he thanks "all those guys from NWN" for doing such a great job on the album. Even with those earlier releases it seemed impossible that one guy was doing everything! Hails!
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Ross Liew



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NWN PROD wrote:
They're like those embossed business cards. I'm sure you've seen those before. [/list]


Ah...yes, i get what you mean Wink thanks!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NWN PROD wrote:
Sticking to what you like is a lot more die hard than buying the die hard version.



Best post ever! I personally wouldn't buy a die hard for any reason but to sell, unless it had some exclusive auditory gems on it.
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