Yesterday I wrote about the important role a hotplate has in the printmaking studio, especially in cold climates. Living in the Tropics allows for less of a need for a hotplate but some etching plates require the use of a hotplate especially if the ink is drying out from age, exposure to air or the plate is worn.
The best hotplates are made commercially for kitchens but are very expensive to purchase. But it is easy enough for you to create your own hotplate.
You will need,
- An excellent quality two-burner electric hotplate, also referred to as a burner
- An old copper plate with the back still in good condition at least 1.2 mm/18 gauge
- 3 equal sized pieces of wood for the frame.
The Hotplate is a tool that should be used judiciously but is essential in cold climates.
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Alyson B. Stanfield