This is a copy of a message I just posted to the Art Metal list.
There has been off and on talk there about vinyl cutters.
I broke down and bought a Roland Stika STX-8 vinyl cutter. It seems
to do all of the things I want it to do. It theoretically prints
directly from Corel but so far I’ve had to use cut and paste to the
cutter’s software. I’m pretty sure it’s a minor adjustment I’m not
understanding yet. I just got it up and running the day Karen
Christians and Dave visited about two weeks ago. She took home some of
the trial cuttings for her own experiments. I’ve put up a few pictures
of my first attempts with sign vinyl.
The first picture is of a latte mug sandblasted using the vinyl as a
resist. This is an evolving dragon design I hope to have fine tuned
before the year of the dragon is over:
The next is a Hawaiian fan tapa cloth pattern:
The third is a group shot of a 35mm hematite disc sandblasted with a
Hawaiian shark tooth tattoo pattern (nihomano) and gold leafed, a
quarter for size comparison and a brass sheet etched with ferric
chloride in another incarnation of the dragon pattern:
The final one is of the brass plate with the dragon:
If I can get a little free time this week I’ll try using it for
anodic depletion of sterling silver with nitric and stainless with
had good luck in the past with this method using asphaltum and also
nail polish as a resist. BPFink says you can get good results with
roller printing vinyl. It’s on
the to do list. I think that is partly what Karen has in mind.