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Solarplate is a light sensitized steel-backed polymer material used by artists as an alternative to hazardous printing techniques. Solar plates are a simple, safe, and fast approach to etching and relief printing that does not use grounds, acids or solvents. It is exposed with UV light and developed with ordinary tap water.
Work on the plate directly with opaque materials in the form of non-waterbased pigments, or it may be utilized by exposing the plate through a transparent film with artwork on it. Solarplate is available in a variety of sizes.
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Nice replacement for out of production Solar Plates
from Langley, Washington
Comments about Solarplate:
I exposed plate for 20 minutes under cloudy northwest conditions. Nice crisp edges of relief image. Washout does seem to take longer than out of production (orange) Solar Plates.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from Boston ma
successfully exposed with aquatint screen and film positive. even though these are a safer option, wish they didn't smell while developing.
The gold one is the one to buy
from Bergen county, NJ
These are much better than the orange plates spelled with 2 words, these are spelled as one word. Solar plates are tricky to make and using one in test strips before is worth doing
By Ann Over
from Green Valley, AZ
Six people arrived to watch me use the solarplate. It was a cloudy day in Arizona as monsoon season ended. The sun came out for a few minutes, we exposed the plate for one minute, washed it out and will print at our next meeting. We are a retirement community examining many forms of printmaking. At age eighty five, I am etching images very whimsical. And I am always in my wheelchair. Teaching, learning, experimenting! Solarplate is exciting product.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Gold "Solarplate" superior to the Orange, "Solar Plate"
from Teaneck, NJ
If purchasing photo sensitive plates the Gold Solarplates (spelled in ONE WORD,) are much better than the less expensive orange ones (spelled in 2 WORDS "Solar plate"I had a problem with the way Blick shipped a few of the plates - they were not wrapped in black and therefore can be exposed to light during the handling phase of shipping - but they quickly shipped replacements out to me.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
These new plates are terrific
By Printing Granny
from Salt Lake City, Utah
I've had a chance this week of trying out these new solarplates, and even in the cold winter, hazy, angled sun, they turned out better than expected. The lines are clean, crisp and clear, the wash-out time was quick, and I am delighted. The plates do come with a clear plastic coating, so be sure to remove it before exposure.
the new solarplate
from new mexico
First any review older that 2015 is about the LAST version of the solarplate medium, the current NEW formulation is much better, especially for photo gravure.This is a winner:1. much better detail 2. better mid-range tonality3. plate surface has a protective plastic coverMy understanding is this version has no toxicity, and used with akua [soy based] inks the studio become a very safe environment.
Superior to other brands
Solarplate brand photopolymer plates are superior to the competition, KM Photopolymer Plates. they are the perfect thickness for traditional etching or to use as a relief plate. It has been my experience that Solarplates give you a consistent quality print and hold up much better to repeat printings and are ideal for a high school art classroom.They work great with Akua inks for a truly water based etching unit. No solvents and no acids needed.
Ready to print in minutes
By Bo the printmaker
from Porter Beach, Indiana
I'm really pleased with the consistently good results using Solarplates. With the new reduced exposure guidelines, I was able to expose three plates in under one hour.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
had my issues about last buy
from CSN las Vegas NV
in the past I had bad experience with one plate, it was cracked on the edges, I did not send it back because I was in a rush with my work I just trim it.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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