There are just SO many possibilities for roller printing onto
non-ferrous metals! Paper, such as Japanese papers, found at art
supply stores, have wonderful results, even cutting shapes out of
business card type stock will produce a strong pattern with a rolling
mill. I’ve had excellent results running Japanese papers through my
half-round rollers, to produce a patterned half-round wire. Torn
paper towels, paper doilies, etc. work well. Certain lace and cloth
material works well.
Be VERY careful of rolling steel screen through your mill without a
brass or copper layer between it and your rollers. Also watch out for
rolling sandpapers through your mill ( always in a copper sheet
"sandwich"), as they will leave a grit residue all over your mill,
which is a killer for mills. I am always vigilant about what goes
through my mills, so they don’t get damaged in any way.
One of my students found a skeleton of a leaf at a craft store (for
scrapbooking), and it made a most detailed leaf print on silver
Metalliferous in NY also carries a good selection of brass patterned
sheet for this purpose.
I look forward to other postings about roller printing.
Jay Whaley Whaley Studios