The process of etching sounds interesting. Having never done any
I have no preconceived notions about it (ie am entirely
ignorant). But it occurs to me that the silver could be printed
in another way. Recently I bought a rolling mill and the
manufacturer sent about a process of etching plus
Basically, an etching is prepared using a hard brass or steel.
When it is done the design (intanglio) is transferred to the
silver by rolling the two together in the mill. The manufacturer
(Durston) recommended only rolling through one pass and
recommended having a backing of soft metal on the steel to reduce
the risk of the rollers being marred. Conceivably one could etch
both sides of their steel plate and then use them to roll two
different designs on two pieces of silver.
Has anyone out there ever done this? It looks like a pretty
straightforward extension of the technique one uses to roll found
objects such as screen wire and string to mark metal. It would
seem cheaper to do than direct silver etching as there would not
be the loss of silver into the solution. Plus one could make more
than one copy once the plate is set up.