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- To: Multiple recipients of list BOOK_ARTS-L <BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: Degreasing
- From: Michel Rogerson <michaelr@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 12 Nov 1996 09:32:51 -0600
- Message-id: <199611121540.HAA18220@SUL-Server-2.Stanford.EDU>
- Sender: "The Book Arts: binding, typography, collecting" <BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Tue, 12 Nov 1996, Robyn Sassen wrote:
> Dear Book People
> I am sure that among you there are many printmakers who may be in a
> position to help me. I am making drypoints on a number of
> untraditional plates and am experiencing problems with wiping the
> plate before printing because I am possibly not degreasing them with
> the appropriate material. Would you have any solutions as to how to
> degrease x-ray plates? slides? aluminium tin can plates? and
> linoleum. For the lino I have been using neat ammonia which has
> worked up to a point, but is kind of unpleasant and dangerous.
> Also, I am in the process of running out of my supply of French Chalk
> which I have used in the past for degreasing copper and zinc plates,
> mixed with ammonia. What is the technical name for this and would I
> be able to get it from a hardware store or something similar. The
> art equipment shops in my vicinity are not exactly comfortable or
> knowledgeable about the more obscure printmaking foibles.
> Much obliged.
> Robyn Sassen
I was a printmaking major at the University of Utah, but etching was not
my forte. The amonia always worked well for me, but I am not too much of
a stickler (sp?!) on a perfect plate wipe. Maybe you aren't getting the
plate hot enough? I don't know.
As far as the French Chalk...I believe it is also called `whitning'
(sp?!). Daniel Smith sells stuff like that.
Remember...the local University or College probably has a very
knowledgable printmaking professor who would probably be glad to tell you
where he gets his supplies. I know the guy that taught me in Utah was
Good luck, Michel Rogerson, UNL Love Library bindery