We do make custom pattern plates, all you need to do is supply the
That said, you can also make your own pattern plates by engraving
into steel or brass plates. I’ve been making my own pattern plates
since 1974 and now produce the Bonny Doon pattern plates. I’m
currently making several new plates which have a much smaller design
scale using thinner lines and intended for use on smaller scale
The use of pattern plates goes back at least 200 years. I have
several pattern plates that were made between 1870-1890. They are
quite large and were used to print the design on platters and calling
Because the plates are intended to roll directly on your mill
rollers you must use a steel that is clean and free of mill scale or
any imperfections that might impinge into your rollers. You can find
surface ground steel at McMaster. Steel will outlast brass, but brass
is much easier to cut, so ask yourself how many prints you intend to
get from each plate and then select your plate material accordingly.
The key to getting a good print is to fully anneal your metal, and
then experiment with the amount of reduction needed in the rolling
mill. The depth of your engraving and thickness of your metal will
affect your final print.
If you chose to have plates made for you with your artwork just call
Rio and ask for Sessin in tech support.
Hope this helps,