I have dreams... They might be a little different from other people ;-)
A little while ago I had the joy of taking a one day etching workshop with an other Santa Cruz Open Studios artist Daria Salus. Daria's studio is full of wonderful tools. Sigh. Her work is beautiful and unique and she works with different metals and uses a rolling mill to impress her images/textures into silver and copper before she finishes her pieces with a variety of metalsmithing techiques.
So I learned how to create a brass texture plate with etching solution. That is very cool since I love creating my own texture plates for texturing my metal clay (PMC and Bronze).
Daria is an awesome teacher and she has a very cool studio. I mean cool because of all the various tools from a very awesome workbench, metal cutting instruments (like guillotine shear or circle cutter), polishing machines, hydraulic press, flexshaft, ventilation system and many many more. Oh my, I was in heaven.... It is so much fun to have great tools and it makes work a lot easier. Welll, I just like tools a lot... That explains my recent dreams of workbenches, new hammers, rolling mill ...
Below I am explaining the making of the texture plate for the interested...
but her is the finished texture plate
the lotus texture pressed on copper with a rolling mill
the domed copper circles
the domed copper pieces with patina and polished
the same texture plate on silver circles: domed lotus earrings
And this is how I made the texture plate:
I chose my image. Black and white is best, but others you can change to black and white in photoshop.
Scan image into computer.
Improve the contrast to the maximum in photoshop.
Print the desired size on a PnP-Blue paper on a laser printer.
Clean the brass pate by sanding it.
Use household iron to apply the ink to the metal by placing Pnp on metal face down, iron.
Let metal cool a little.
Burnish in the image.
Tape plate to styrofoam.
Put plate with styrofoam facedown into ferric chloride solution.
Let sit for 1-4 hrs while moving the liquid every 15 minutes to avoid bubbles on the plate.
When texture is deep enough take out of solution.
Put brass plate in baking soda bath until it stops bubbling.
Done. Now you can texture the metal, or my metal clay.
and now I am going to order myself a stat of the art flexshaft :-) and maybe a few new hammers...
Thank you Daria, for a wonderful workshop!