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At the fifth attempt – I’m happy

Finally, after five attempts, I’ve got a plate with;
enough etch to make a relief print,
a satisfying sky effect
enough detail in the ironwork (not etched away)

3.5 minutes in fresh, warm (hot tap) etching solution seems to be the effective recipe.

Using the edge of a feather to apply the oil has given a controlled application.

Using two-colour combination on the ink roller seems effective too. Now I have a plate that works I can experiment on the inking.

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Another step in my etching eduction

Having another go with my Clevedon Pier photograph. This time I used a thinner application of oil for the sky and less etching time. clevedon_pier-etch-4533.jpgThe sky has come out much better, but the shorter etch time wasn’t long enough to allow me to make a decent print. So, I’ll have another go, this time with a longer etch and a similar treatment for the sky.

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Latest etching – still learning …

Clevedon Pier – again from a photo – laserprint transferred onto aluminium with acetone then etched in copper sulfate and salt.

Raising the temperature in a water bath made the solution very active – slightly over etched this one – see the halo around the top of the pier.

I will have another go, etching for less time (2 instead of 3 minutes) with the oil resist for the clouds thinned out.

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Clevedon Pier aluminium etching

 

Walk on an overcast morning

Time to get some exercise – The tide was up at 9am in nearby Clevedon and at this time of year we get good flocks of waders overwintering. Today, no large flocks – the weather is very mild at the moment, but a small flock of the usual redshank roosting on the rocks above the level of the tide, and later a group of 5 goosander drifted by.

Sitting up on Wain’s hill and just watching the tide rapidly recede, The clouds parted and a shaft of sunlight illuminated the river mouth – nice!

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