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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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I would buy this product again.
By Anne having fun with art and friends
from Asheville, NC
Comments about Solarplate:
I ordered the Solar Plates because several things interested me. The most important thing to me is that there are no harsh chemicals and second it was something I could do at home. I did not know everything there was to know about Solar Plates. The most important thing I learned is that THERE IS A is PROTECTIVE PLASTIC SHEET THAT NEEDS TO BE REMOVED FROM THE SOLARPLATE. Also there is a degree of exposure time that varies depending on the intensity of the light source and how fine or heavy the line drawing is. It does make for very nice detail prints and is well worth the figuring out and is much more fun with a group of people in my opinion. I enjoyed working with this product and look forward to experimenting further. Friends that made a Solarplate made some very nice prints and were pleased as well.
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I would - and have - purchased this product again
I have used the orange version of this product and this is much, much better. But there is a learning curve and it's worth the time and small piece of plate to try a test strip, These aren't cheap, but when they work the results are marvelous.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
interesting product, will be getting more
from Pablo, MT
I make plates and teach a printmaking course. I tried this out to see if my students could get what they wanted for intaglio work, and this is great stuff. there is a bit of a learning curve, and it is somewhat more reactive than I anticipated.
Nice replacement for out of production Solar Plates
from Langley, Washington
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.
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
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
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.
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.
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