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Intaglio: Caster Printing

Intaglio: Caster Printing

Intaglio: Caster Printing Research
This research presents a substitute for an Etching Press to provide quality printing for Intaglio plates while teaching online printmaking classes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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July 25, 2020
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  1. Intaglio: Caster Printing
    Original Research by Sheila Goloborotko

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  2. Intaglio: Caster Printing Research
    This research aims to find a substitute
    for an Etching Press to provide quality
    printing for Intaglio plates while
    teaching online printmaking classes
    during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Premise:
    Find a tool to produce maximum
    pressure per square inch to mimic the
    results of a printing press.

    Experiments:
    • Casters

    • Metal Rollers

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  3. Experiment:
    Test printing with a metal conveyer belt roller.

    Result:
    Metal roller printing produced an unsatisfactory result.

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  4. Experiment:
    Test printing with an old, highly used flat caster.

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  5. Result:
    Caster printing produced the same
    result as an etching press with a zinc
    plate (etching and aquatint.)

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  6. Result:
    Caster printing produced the same
    result as an etching press with an
    acrylic plate (drypoint.)

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  7. Experiment:
    Find an available caster in the market
    that can produce the same result as
    the old, flat, and highly used caster.

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  8. Result:
    Best print was produced with a 3”
    Solid Poly Rigid Caster, rated 275 lbs.

    Item was purchased at Harbor Freight
    Tools for $4.49, June 2020 in
    Jacksonville, FL.

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  9. Observation:
    New caster is curved and has a seam
    in the center that would cause
    printing defects.

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  10. Solution:
    Sand caster with 220G Silicon Wet/
    Dry Sandpaper to eliminate curvature
    and seam. Sand until seam is gone
    and caster is totally flat.

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  11. For step-by-step printing instructions: https://youtu.be/IwW6SV9f2ms

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