Hi Sue - PnP paper will jam in some older machines. You do want
to put it through “single feed”, as you were doing. You might
need to call around and find a place with newer machines. The
question to ask them is whether their machines will accept
acetate sheets for overhead projectors. The brands of machines
I’ve had luck with were (newer) Ricoh and Konica. Canon should
work, too. Each machine is a little different. If you’re down in
Sacramento, I’m sure Kinko’s will have machines that will do this
About using the PnP with an inkjet printer, no can do. The
reason is that even though the film may feed through your printer
OK, the ink doesn not resist your etchant the way the toner does
from a copier. The toner from a laser printer will work, however.
So an alternative might be to find someone you know with a laser
printer and ask if you can use it to print the PnP. This may
actually give you better prints than a copy machine, anyway.
Because of the screen settings of a laser printer, your grays
will come out especially nice and will etch better. You will need
to scan your image into your computer to be able to do this, and
then put it on a zip or floppy that is formatted for either Mac
or PC, depending on the computer that’s going to do your printing
for you; (you’ll need to find a computer the same kind as yours
to do this job.) If you don’t have a friend with a laser printer,
you might try a small printing company which does their graphic
design in-house. I say “small” because they might be more
accomodating to artists. This is how I got my first PnP stuff
printed, when I first started using it. Called around until I
found a printer who used Macs, which is what I have, and could
print from my Zip. When I explained what I wanted to do with the
film, they got intrigued, and were willing to help me out.
Don’t give up! I think your mailbox place just has old machines.
Hope this helps. Hang in there with the heat. Been awfully hot
this summer, even here on the coast.