With a bit of luck I will print these tomorrow. These are the drypoint plates that I mentioned in the last post, the prints from these are (I hope) destined to become some nice little coasters, featuring drinking nudes. But at this point I have no idea how well my plates are going to print… oh what fun is printing 😉
The photo above shows one of the aluminium plates, and the tip of the pointy tool wot done it. Below you can see better what I am using. This is not designed for this purpose, it’s a leftover from my goldsmithing days. The holder is what I would call a pin chuck, though often wrongly called a pin vice, and the pointy bit in the end is what I would call a burr, also known as a frazier. The white bit on the end of the pin chuck is masking tape, in a vain attempt to make long hours of use a bit easier on my fingers. The burr has a tear-drop shape end, made of hard and quite brittle tool steel, and designed to go into a high-speed pendant drill. It is designed to be used to cut on the edge of this bit, not the point, and not at all to be used in the way I am using it, but aluminium is soft, and these are expendable bits if you break them, and they have a lovely fine tip so you can see exactly where you are going to make your mark. So it works just fine for me! (You can get this stuff from H S Walsh, if anyone is interested: http://www.hswalsh.com/ )
Until I get to print, then….