Bouncing Letters within a Word. Set type on larger point size line using spaces equal or slightly smaller than the width of the letter to make it sit height or lower on the line.
Angled Lines of Type. If the angle is slight, feed the paper at an angle. Ticks for doing this include drawing lines on the tympan and taping the non-gripped corner down as you crank. Or, place line of type between slugs into its lock-down column. Set angle as desired with a quad above and below, as shown.
Angled Letters within a Straight Word. Set on larger point-size line like bouncing letters. Turn letter to be angled and fit 6 or 8 point em or em quads into the triangular spaces left over to make it tight.
Angled, Bouncing and Curved Letters. You can use plywood that has been drilled and/or scroll sawed with holes for the pieces of type at the desired place and angle. Also see Jen Farell's wood furniture for her ampersand series in slide show.
Setting Type within a Shape. Create a shape with masking tape rolls, thin leading, cookie cutters, or other cut shapes that are less than type high, but high enough to support type. Fill with type from the hell box until it is quite tight and won't wiggle. Support this irregular shape carefully with furniture on sides to support and keep it secure.