Carrying on with my material experiments, today I am melting and bending my perspex etchings to give them a sculptural form.
To shape the melted perspex I have bent steel sheets into a range of different curved formations. These metal shapes will act as a template for the perspex to mould to when it is hot.
I am pleased with the results of these experiments and am hopping to create similar work on a larger scale for my degree show.
Today I printed from my perspex etchings and achieved some nice results!
To do this yourself you will need access to a laser cutter and a printing press.
To achieve the depth of etch on my perspex,
Here are the settings I used:
- First convert your images to black and white and up the contrast on photoshop.
- On the laser cutter, set your images to the size you want (mine are 13.5 x 15.5 cm).
- Posturize your images.
- Use the rectangle tool to draw around your images.
- Change this rectangle to hairline and colour red (this indicates the laser to cut all the way through the perspex)
- Go to printing preferences
- Advanced – set the etch cut to 3mm
- General – resolution – 300 DPI
- General – engrave direction – bottom up
- General – image dithering – Floyd Steinberg
- Colour mapping – black – speed 60, power 100
Feel free to play around with these settings further to achieve different results.
Today I have been etching my collection of photographed textural matter onto perspex with the laser cutter.
At a later stage I would like to experiment with printing from these perspex etchings.
To see the results of my perspex printing experiments, please see Perspex etchings and prints.
Today I am experimenting with latex.
I have used my collagraph plaques to create these latex reliefs.
What you will need:
What to do:
- First you will need to apply a layer of vaseline to protect your textural surface and ensure that the latex can be easily removed once set.
- Follow the instructions on the latex bottle & latex hardener and mix accordingly (usually 1 : 10).
- Give the mixture a stir until you feel the latex stiffening.
- Apply the latex to your surface in thin layers.
- Wait for each layer to dry before applying the next.
- Build to the desired thickness (I used about 4 layers).
- When all the latex is set you can peel it way from your surface.