I loved reading about and watching your progress with these prints Jac. The result of this plate is lovely, and at the end of the day it doesn't matter about the other two because you would have learnt heaps from the making and wrecking.
Thanks. I certainly learned that hand tools are better for me than electrical ones. The dremel is going back into the cupboard
I am still fascinated by what a spit bite is? I know so little… This plate looks great and as Susan said - you learn a lot from the things you throw away.
Spit bite is where you apply the acid (or in this case copper sulphate soloution) dierctly to selected areas of the plate with a brush. I used an outline of oil pastel to stop it bleeding out of the area I wanted to etch and a very strong solution (equal parts copper sulphate and table salt in as little water as it would take to dissolve them). I also used a cheap chinese painiting brush to apply it, This has a good point and no metal in the ferrule for the mordant to eat
I really appreciate hearing from you. Thank you for taking the time.