The final plate has 88g of deposited copper. It will require levelling off on the underside with fibre glass filler or a low temperature metal such as pewter. Three possibilities for inking up stand out, either viscosity printing, Andrew Baldwin’s double drop technique, or as a collagraph ‘a la poupee’ .
Over the last twelve hours a total of 37g has been deposited on the mandrel. The pure copper has a magical colour and to my eye it is an object of beauty in itself.
I have used the stereotype process in the past to copy etching plates, this is the first time I have used it to make a plate with the intention of printing from it. This is the back of the plate that will need to be packed to prevent the soft copper from collapsing when it passes through the press. The plan is to continue the plating process for twelve to twenty-four hours.
Graphite covered latex mandrel ready for copper plating.
The plate will measure 25cm x 16cm. This is the first of a planned series ten plates based on walks.
Close ups of copper stereotypes copies of chard wood.
Getting back to enjoying making work after four and a half years of academia. The joy comes from making work and undertaking research just for me.
Reflecting on the alchemy inherent in fire and electrolysis to transform wood and metal.