About Print Frog
The Print Frog® is the most efficient, easy to use, comfortable, durable, and versatile glass baren available to printmakers.
Efficient- It’s smooth, dense, and heavy. It glides across the paper effortlessly.
Easy to Use- A 4-year-old can quickly master it and makes an ideal educational tool.
Comfortable- An ergonomic handle allows for all-day painless printing.
Durable- It will potentially last forever, and it's impervious to any print shop chemicals.
Versatile- It’s portable and can print on a wide range of mediums and matrixes. Our glass barens work for a variety of other printmaking techniques such as Chine-Colle, Mokolito (Japanese lithography), and Mono-printing.
Matt Bagley originally designed the Print Frog glass baren in 2013 as a way to efficiently print large editions on warped blocks without aggravating repetitive strain injuries in his shoulder and wrist. He worked with a local glassblower to make one baren for his personal use. Instead, the glassblower produced about 40 barens in different sizes and shapes. Matt shared these prototypes with fellow printmakers, and they quickly became the desired tool in any print shop. He started receiving emails asking if he had any more available. He refined his design, coined the name Print Frog®, and in 2014, it was made available to the printmaking world.
Glass is the ideal material for the Print Frog baren because it’s heavy, low friction, and easy to clean. While the Print Frog is aesthetically pleasing by default, it is developed as a serious printmaking tool. We work with the most skilled glassblowers in the area who have decades of experience to ensure quality craftsmanship. The two types of glass used to make the Print Frog are Borosilicate and soft recycled. Borosilicate is a superior material used to make cookware and scientific equipment and is in for our Pro, Froglette, and Tadpole models. Soft recycled is more of traditional material and is used to craft our Studio model Print Frog.
Iron Frog Press strives to refine the design to meet the varying needs of traditional printmakers. We currently have four different models available. Please see additional details under each model description in our IFP Shop.