Sir John of Kiwi wrote:
G'day' Firstly don't use sterling; it is too hard for what
you want to do. You will have to use fine silver thoroughly
annealed; don't take it for granted that it is in the fully
annealed state when you buy it.
I really hesitate to contradict a proven sage, but I can't help
it! I have successfully roll-printed sterling sheet. One was
coarse (about 60 grit) sandpaper which gave a nice pebbly
texture, and the second was coarse steel wool that I had pulled
apart so that it was thin. This yielded a nice random
"squiggly" pattern on the silver.
I did the brass sheet sandwich of which others have spoken; I
believe I thoroughly annealed the sheet, but I couldn't swear to
it in a court of law. It took a few test starts until I got the
"bite" right, but really didn't experience any problems. I did
get some curling of the brass and sterling sheets, which makes
me wonder if the bite was a little excessive.
I noted in the LJ article about our own Charles Lewton-Brain
that he sandwiches his doublee sheet in paper towel, if I recall
correctly. Anything you care to add, Charles? I also noticed a
piece featured in one of the small items near the front of the
same LJ issue, where the artist had roll printed with corrugated
cardboard! Nice, parallel, but not too rigid lines!
Charlotte, NC (USA)