Print Series 2
Source material as inspiration:
Striated muscle fibres of the heart. Again, I zoomed into the detail.
- Even using a diamond tipped etching tool I find manually etching into plastic difficult and VERY time consuming. Curves are particularly challenging.
- If I continue this technique I need to attempt etching using a Dremel power tool.
- The beauty of this type of hand etching is that you can get fine lines and further work into the plastic to evolve or improve a design.
- PVC plastic collapses after 3-4 prints so if editioning is required then a different method of printing should be chosen.
- Judging the removal of plate tone from plastic can be challenging when ink is thinned by 80-90% with translucent extender. Almost impossible to see how much unwanted ink remains. A lot of trial and error comes into play.
- The addition of acetate over-/under-layers as cutaway sections is new to me and I’d like to pursue that in the future.
- As Tony said before we started, “You either like hand etching or you don’t. Not everyone takes to it”. I’m undecided, but erring towards yes for acid/copper sulphate bath zinc plate etching and no for hand tool plastic etching.