Would you enlighten us on the process you used to get the image from
CorelDraw to a resist pattern on the sheet of metal? I’ve been looking
into this a bit, and I haven’t yet found a process that seems both
cost-effective for the small artist and reliable enough to provide
Rio offers a small system; I’ve heard mixed reviews and even the detail of
the images in the catalog looks questionable to me. Most of the approaches
I’ve seen are silk screen based… although I did hear an interesting
technique of using the heat from an iron to transfer toner, as a resist,
from a laser printed page.
I looked into subcontracting the work out. I think Anne (thanks!) gave me
a refence to a commercial etching house in the northeast who might be able
to do the job. They can definitely take camera-ready art and return to you
an etched sheet. The problem developed in trying to estimate costs on a
sterling sheet. My mindset works on a cost of materials, plus labor. They
tend to think in some other pricing paradigm, so I was not able to really
get an estimate. It seemed more like, “send us the job, and we’ll let you
know how much it cost after we’re done.” Made me a little uncomfortable.
Anyway, I’d like to hear what has worked for you!