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

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.