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None Tarnishing Sterling Silver

Saturday, March 18th, 2017

I have been working with sterling silver and gold alloys of many years, using both soldering construction and centrifugal casting. Because of poor print sales in this city and not any longer having galleries in other places, art making seems no longer an option for me. For years I have been bothered from a pinched […]

Making a Water based Intaglio Ink that is Not Toxic

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

While I have never printed an intaglio edition is my life, as a teacher at a university, I have tried to find safer materials and methods for the sake of my students and etchers all over the world. Although I have been using two different versions with my classes, both can be used on plates […]

Printing Toner Images in Intaglio

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

    Until intaglio photo plates were made available for intaglio printmakers, graduation of tints was done by variable width of lines with a burin or using mezzotint with scrapers and burnishes’. Because toner particles are opaque, they have become popular using one to the many photo plate that are available, but some etchers do […]

Titanium Bracelets

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Since the last 54 years, I have been involved in working with gold and silver jewelry making and only recently decided to try titanium as a less expensive and more colorful way of working. Traditional jewelry making, using gold or silver involves high heat, fine saw blades and files, as well knowledge of working with […]

Regeneration of Copper Sulfate Based Mordant

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

I have found that more etchers are switching to using my basic copper sulfate mordant for aluminium and zinc; while a few might have discovered that copper can also be effectively etched with a modified version of the original formula. One of the most important features of these copper sulfate based mordant is the possibility […]

Book Published in Bulgaria

Friday, May 15th, 2015

Paul Constable, a good artist friend of mine, had been to a CARFAC conference and met a lady from Bulgaria who was surprised that Paul knew me and was very impressed. She gave him a 180 page book that was published as her thesis in lithography, which turned out to be on my waterless process […]

My Last Figure Drawing Session

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Last Saturday I decided to go to the local artists figure drawing session where they have a nude model that they draw using various medium – even a digital image on an iPad. These have been running for decades as serious professional and amateur artists take advantages of these ‘classes’. No instruction is given and […]

Colorful Images using Birefringent Materials

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

In the late 1950’s, I was teaching art at the local art center to adults as a recreational class. After three sessions, I decided there should be some way to expose the students to the wonders of the world that they seem to be missing. I looked through my slides and picked pictures that most […]

Copper C0mpounds for Etching Metals

Friday, November 1st, 2013

  It started in 1992, on the request of one of my students, who could not afford the zinc plate I asked them to purchase   when we began the etching section of the printmaking class. Since ferric or stannous chloride was not acceptable to the director of the department, I tried using copper sulfate as […]

Cataract Effect on Color

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

A couple of months ago I went through cataract surgery, first on my right eye, then a month later on my left eye. While this upset my vision because my glasses prescription was no longer valid for the right eye, so I removed the lens because the surgery practically returned my focusing like it was […]

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