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- To: Multiple recipients of list BOOK_ARTS-L <BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: Degreasing
- From: Mary Bookwalter <gmbookwa@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 12 Nov 1996 10:10:35 -0600
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I like the sound of what your'e doing, printing on aluminum pop cans is
neat. As to degreasing, what kind of ink are you using? I would assume
it is oil based, if so, degreasing before inking isn't always necessary as
you're applying an oil based ink. If you are using a water based ink, of
course you need to. Generally degreasing is needed before applying
a ground or aquatint.
French Chalk is talc, still handled by printmaking
outlets, however it can be dangerous, handle with a mask. You can get it
through Graphic Chemical & Ink Co., P.O. Box 27, Villa Park, IL 60181 or
probably Daniel Smith, 4150 First Ave. South, Seattle, WA 98124-5568.
I also use Whiting, (calcium carbonate), mixed with Ammonia and water for
degreasing copper and zinc. Also, a very light etch, 30 seconds in a 16
to 1 nitric bath will clean a plate, as might a citric acid or vinegar
I'd like to hear more about what you're doing as I do as lot of
experimenting with printing methods too.