Electrotyping

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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Exploring Electro-etching Mark Making

My research programme is moving into territory that is more satisfying and familiar to me. At last I’m beginning to make work again. Having explored and become familiar with the technology of electro-etching I can now play with its mark making potential. It is possible to etch plates in the traditional manner by replacing acid …

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Present state

My research into electro-etching is based on the following testable assumptions that: Intaglio etching remains popular today with artists because of the creativity of its line, tonal range and gravitas of expression. Traditional acid based printmaking studio is considered to be an unhealthy and hazardous work environment. In response, to the increased cost of providing …

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The masks above are examples of electro-forming with mandrels made from candle wax and the ones below are electrotype casts. The electro-formend mandrels were made by taking wax casts from the mould and painting them with electro conductive paint. They were then attached to the negative terminal (cathode) surrounded by several copper anodes that were …

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