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The Pads of Pad Printing

The Pads of Pad Printing

Pads are a formulation of a liquid base material, silicone oil, and a catalyst. Initially inflated animal organs were used as pads. Later gelatins were used in an effort to make pads more durable. It wasn't until the late 1960s that the modern silicone pad was invented in Germany.

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