Welcome to Orchid, the most powerful tool in your studio.
I have done a great deal of photo etching over the years. It does
not sound to me that you are using a light sensitive resist. It seems
that you are useing a method that was explained by either Carol Webb
or a Rio Grande process that silkscreens the resist onto the metal.
can you give me any insight on this?
you should be able to remove the toner with fingernail polish
remover.....fingernail polish is also a great resist.
I would also like to know what you are etching, is it gold, silver
did you know that you can prepare your own codalith on a copy
machine and send it to a company to have it etched onto your metal?
the same companys that make electronic circuit boards can etch for
you, but not on gold or silver, you need another place for that and I
do not know Aualstralia too well.
Simply get your atrwort together on a black and whit piece of paper
ant copy it onto a clear piese of asetate...clear plastic. when you
lay the plastic master sheet over the metal you want the ink side
down...this means that you may need to reverse your artwork. you can
also do a back side and line it up with registers if you wish to have
a sheet that you can pop the pieces out of.
good luck. remember this is a very interesting process that old time
printers used with magnesium.
wayne werner, maryland instatute of art......wlwstudio.com