1 tin; 1 antimony; 4 lead. In using stereotype metal, brush the type with plumbago or a small quantity of oil, then place in a frame, and take a cast with plaster of Paris. The cast is dried in a very hot oven, placed face downwards upon a flat plate of iron; this plate is laid in a tray or pan of iron, having a lid securely fastened, and furnished with a hole at each corner. Dip the tray in the fluid metal, which will flow in at the four corners When the tray is removed, dip the bottom only in water; and as the metal contracts in cooling, pour in melted metal at the corners so as to keep up the fluid pressure, and obtain a good solid cast. When cool open the tray; remove the cake of plaster and metal, and beat the edges with a mallet to remove superfluous metal. Plane the edges square, turn the back flat, in a lathe, to the required thickness, and remove any defects. If any letters are damaged, cut them out, and solder in separate types instead. Finally, fix upon hard wood to the required height.
Lay a sheet of tissue paper upon a perfectly flat surface, and paste a soft piece of printing paper, which must be pressed evenly on, to the tissue. Lay the paper on the form, previously oiled, and cover with a damp rag; beat with a stiff brush the paper in evenly, then paste a piece of blotting paper, and repeat the beating in; after which about three more pieces of soft tenacious paper must be pasted and used in a similar way; back up with a piece of cartridge paper. The whole must then be dried with moderate heat, under a slight pressure. When thoroughly dry, brush well over with plumbago or French chalk. When this is done it is ready for the matrix. This is a box of a certain size for the work required, the interior of which is type high. In it is what is termed a gauge, which lifts out to insert your paper cast, and is regulated by hand to the size of the plate required. This being placed inside, the lid is shut down and screwed tight, with the end or mouth-piece left open. P»y this orifice the metal is poured in, and, as it is mounted to swing, the box is moved about so as to well throw down the metal and make a solid cast.
Then water is dashed on the box, the screw-bar is unshackled, the lid is lifted, the plate is taken off, and the paper cast is again ready for work. (See also iv. 217.)