I took lots of great art courses as a fine art and education major in college including printmaking. Second, to my jewelry classes, printmaking was my next favorite class. I really enjoyed learning all the intricacies of etching printing plates for producing fine art prints — altering metal of all sorts fascinated me. It wasn’t until I started working with Metal Clay that I would come back to these techniques to make impressions, on Metal Clay instead of paper. Rediscovering this age old art in a new way enabled me to create one-of-a kind textures and images in my jewelry. After experimenting on my own, I discovered you can more than one effect with the plates, so I’ve used these techniques in several of my jewelry courses for crisp images (all photos except the purse), modeled textures (purse photo), and halftones to convert photo realistic images of people or animals onto the clay. Best of all it only takes 15 minutes.
• A UV light source
• Black and white artwork printed from a printer onto clear film
• Photopolymer plate
• Exposure Frame
Sturdy backing or masonite, Same size glass or plexiglass, Bull dog clips,
• Soft brush and bowl
• Blow dryer
• Plastic Gloves for your hands
• Silly Putty, Polymer Clay or Metal Clay to try out your plate
• Basic Tool Kit
Making Photopolymer Plates Tutorial by Holly Gage
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