techniques

  • Wiping excess ink away
  • Polishing the plate
  • Plate ready to print
  • Running the plate through the etching press
  • The print peeled from the plate
  • Finished!

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Solar-Plate Etching

Etching using solar-plates is a technique which emerged from the early days of photographic engraving. A light sensitive metal plate is etched through the action of ultraviolet light enabling a wide range of tones to be bitten into the plate. The plate is then inked, wiped and printed on a traditional etching press, giving each print a unique character, enhanced by the combination of specialist inks and high quality traditional printing papers.