Printers often come up with great, meaningful, and/or clever names for their studios...I thought it was about time to name mine. So I would like to introduce THIRD SWITCH PRESS! Yes, as in "THROW THE THIRD SWITCH!!" "No! Not the THIRD switch!" of Mel Brook's Young Frankenstein. I thought it would be proper since it … Continue reading Press Name
Check out the new Press Showcase at Doug Forsythe's buildapress.com and see who's press is the lead image!
Check out the equipment section for a blurb about how I adapted the traditional method of spitbiting to electro etching.
By plating your lines instead of etching them, you create a burr similar to those of a drypoint. This is the very first pull. I'll probably try to ink and wipe it differently next time.
Relief etching can do some wonderful things to the edges of a plate, but how do you print it with those rough/sharp edges? I made a kind of jig from the fall-out of a matboard opening. These already have a 45˚ angle on the edges, which mimic the beveled edges of an etching plate, and … Continue reading Printing Relief Etchings
Needing some flexibility with my hard ground, I decided to take a step backwards and use the traditional hard ball ground. However, the use of it required a few tools that I haven't acquired yet: a hot plate, and a leather roller. All homemade, of course!
Besides time, you can affect an etch through the strength of the current flowing through the circuit. The lower the amperage, the more delicate the etch, and the finer the details. Conversely, the higher the amperage, the stronger the etch, the courser the details. Amperage, voltage and ohms are often described using an analogy to … Continue reading Virtue No. 463 – Adjustable Strength
A homemade timer switch prevents over-etching due to forgetfulness.