Re-purposed prints

For a long time I’ve been thinking about capturing the beautiful moments in my failed prints and turning them into jewellery.  At a workshop last weekend with Shauna Mayben I learned how seal my printed papers into perspex, transforming them into brooches and pendants.    It’s always so exciting to breathe new life into something that would otherwise never see the light of day !

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  1. I would love to do this with some of my etchings that are proofs . Do you know of anyone or a company who would create the jewlery if an artist sent the images?
    Your work is inspiring me but don’t know the next step.

    1. Hi Junanne, Yes it a a great thing to do with prints that haven’t turned out ‘quite right’. I have been experimenting to try and get a good finish on the acrylic surface but I’m having some technical difficulties with the thickness of the paper used for etching and intaglio prints. The paper is too thick and it doesn’t seal inside the acrylic properly. Even the thinnest proofing paper for intaglio prints seems to be too thick. When the paper is too thick, when polishing the acrylic on the polishing wheel with rouge, the thin slice of paper that remains exposed between the 2 acrylic discs gets stained with the rouge and looks kind of “dirty”. To get the best finish you need to use a really thin paper – so perhaps relif prints on thin rice paper would be more suitable to use. I have tried this and it works really well.
      The steps for making are: Cut yourself some acrylic shapes with a jewllers saw. You can also have these laser cut. Cut a paper image to glue inbetween them. Use ‘fast cure’ Araldite to glue the paper image inbetween the two discs – Squish together well and remove all air bubbles. Clamp together and Let it sit to make sure the glue is cured – about half and hour should do the trick. Then sand wet with wet and dry sandpaper. Use and emery stick on the edges. Slowly move through about 4 grades of sandpaper to a very fine grit. They take quite a lot of sanding. Sand with purpose. Finish off on a electric buffing wheel with cutting compound and rouge and polish the surface and edges to a high sheen. You can then drill through the acrylic if you want to make a hole for pendant fittings or you can just glue brooch fitting onto the back using a good strong jewellers glue. Good luck if you have a go with it Juanne.

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