Anyway, I have still been very busy on the jewellery front. Yesterday afternoon I decided it was time to try out Press and Peel paper for etching some brass plates, to be used in a rolling mill.
I made the design in positive and negative to see the different results. At first I couldn't get the design to transfer from the press-n-peel to the brass by ironing it on, and wasted about half a sheet of transfers trying out various iron settings and times. In the end - it only worked for me by putting the iron straight on the brass for 2 minutes, then quickly placing the press-n-peel on top, pressing and smoothing it out with my hand whilst wearing my kiln gloves. I know, a bit extreme, but I wasn't going to let that stuff get the better of me. I don't give up :-)
I don't think I have it down to a fine art quite yet, but the results were interesting...
|Brass plates with the press-n-peel transfer, negative and positive|
|After etching - the top one is in negative and should make a raised print.|
|Copper shapes rolled with the negative design brass plate - the one of the left was pressed tighter so the design is higher|
|Copper shapes rolled with the positive design plate so the leaves are recessed.|