Etching and Intaglio Tools

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Etching and Intaglio Tools

Engrave printing plates with etching and intaglio tools. The opposite of relief printing, intaglio printing features an image that’s scratched into a metal plate. Ink is then rubbed into the lines and transferred to damp paper using an etching press.

Various tools are used to achieve an intaglio print. Deburring tools smooth rough edges on metal plates. A burin is a cutting tool used to etch designs and illustrations into the plate. Create fine lines and details with etching needles.

Use scrapers and burnishers to make corrections on engraved metal plates. A scraper is faceted, with sharp blades on each side. Use it to scrape across the plate, creating new marks. Burnishers smooth and polish the marks created by the scraper.