Further Experimentation with Electrotyping

Getting playful and experimental after the academic rigour of the PhD.

First photograph as the artefacts came out of the electrolytic cell. They all had a total of 36 hours of electrolysis. The medallions are 5.5 x 8 cm. and 5.0 x 8 cm. and the buddha head 13 x 8 cm.IMG_0151

The larger off the medallions weighs 33.9 gm. and the smaller 26.1 gm. the Buddha head 38.6 gm.

Saline Sulphate & Electro- Etching Workshop Regional Print Centre Wrexham

Saline sulphate and electro-etching with Don Braisby

 1/2 June 2017

10:00-16:00

This workshop will teach two etching processes that can be used to etch at home or in a classroom situation, these are saline sulphate and electro-etching.

Both processes have been described as being ‘safe etching’ however in this workshop we will focus on their potential for alternative mark making rather than on their non-toxic credentials. Don Braisby who is teaching the workshop is completing his doctoral thesis on electro-etching.

 Workshops aim:

  • Provide a simple introduction to the theory and practice of electro- etching.
  • Introduce the equipment needed for electro-etching and plating, how to set it up and use it safely.
  • Creative plate making, resists and stop outs
  • Preparation and etching of plates.

 Objectives:

  • Participants will have gained a working knowledge of both saline sulphate and electro-etching
  • To make and proof at least one plate in each process.
  • Introduced to electroforming and electrotyping as a potential process in sculpture and printmaking.
  • provide feedback for use in research.

 Non-members £120.00/Members £75.00

Booking essential (via email or telephone)

email: printcentre@cambria.ac.uk

telephone: 01978 267629

Print from electro-type plate

The plate is about three times the thickness of the copper foil used by crafters, make registration for the second colour really difficult. I’ve had it through the press ten times and it seems to be holding out really well.

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Print from electro-type plate and two more prints

I made a silicon mold from one of my old plates, coated the inner surface with conductive paint and placed it as a cathode in an electrolytic cell using copper sulphate as an electrolyte. Copper formed on the inside of the mold making an exact copy of the original plate.

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Some more prints from the current series.

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