Cape Fear Press Etching Studio
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THANK YOU FOR YOUR ORDERS! You help support the arts when you buy from an artist run business. Everything I sell here, I use for my own work and research.

PURETCH™ Photoresist Film
This is the thinnest dry film photoresist available and thus the best for photo etching high resolution halftones and line work in copper and other metals. Etch silver with ferric nitrate. Exposes with a positive. Develop in soda ash, also available in our online store. The larger rolls are 24.75" wide. Pronounced purETCH, not purTECH !
• Puretch Film Specs here. Processing Instructions included with film.
• Puretch is also available in the US at Takach Press, in Europe at Polymetaal and in Japan at Studio Kitayama. ORDER ONLINE

SKYLIGHT Photopolymer Intaglio Film
A thicker film for non-etch intaglio applications. Apply to acrylic plexi or metal sheet. Expose, develop and print. Excellent D-max and also works well for CTP Intaglio (computer to plate). Print directly onto film with any front-feed Epson. Film requires a halftoned image, either printed on transparency film or via CTP printing with Black-Ink-Only. Develops in soda ash, also available in our online store. ORDER ONLINE

DRAGON GRAVURE Photogravure - Rotogravure Paper
This paper has been discontinued as of July 2022

PHOENIX GRAVURE Photogravure - Rotogravure Paper aka Gelatin Tissue
This tissue is quite similar to Dragon but is available in wider rolls. Detailed processing directions included with tissue. ORDER ONLINE

Ferric Chloride 48º Baumé 4 Gallons
This is a very high purity ferric chloride that is suitable to use as a replacement of the discontinued Fuji-Hunt Rotogravure Iron.  The quality has been tested by us for photogravure etching and it is excellent! Packaged in a case of 4 bottles, 1 gallon each.Price includes ground shipping and HazMat fees in the 48 states ORDER ONLINE

IZOTE Etching Inks (ee ZO tay)
Flavors: Graphite, Vine Black, Ultramarine Blue, Bone Black, French Black, Lamp Black, Mars BlackUmber Black, Transparent Base. Izote handcrafted inks are unrivaled in their tonal range, pigment load and fineness. They are specifically made for the delicately etched tones of photogravure and aquatint but work well for all etching and intaglio printing processes.
300 gram can (approx 200 ml) ORDER ONLINE

2x2, 2x4"" Squeegee Ink Cards
Polyurethane squeegee blade, sold by the inch. The squeegee blades make great inking cards for etching and are gentle on the metal while holding its edge for a very long time. The material is solvent resistant. The squeegee cards conveniently stand up on the inking slab. Card ink with the factory molded edges. ORDER ONLINE

Grayscale Dye-Based Inkset for High Resolution Continuous Tone Digital Positives / Negatives plus High Contrast / High Density output for Screen Printing, Puretch and Letterpress

Dye Inks are the absolute best for transparencies. Our new formula has a lightfast rating of 7 out of 8 so this new ink will work better when printing multiple contact prints from negatives! Cape Fear Press designed the original dye inkset in 2012 specifically for photogravure positives but the new inkset will work incredibly well for for continuous tone digital negatives for alternative photographic contact printing processes such as carbon, cyanotype, gum, albumen, silver gelatin, platinum-palladium, Woodburytype, etc. It is also designed for Black Ink Only printing for screen print halftones, letterpress negatives, Puretch halftones and more.

Profiles are Included and can be further calibrated to your process. The continuous tone profile is capable of printing in excess of 3.4 in UV density and the Black Ink Only profile can print even darker. Pigment inks rarely offer the Dmax required for several alternative processes.

Grayscale inks will naturally produce the smoothest and most artifact-free transparencies. Dye-based inks will ensure the highest resolution and blending for continuous tone transparencies. Dye will always print consistently in density and smoothly in the transitions because the tonal mixture is always in suspension and not settling in the cartridges like non-Epson pigment inks can. Dyes will also penetrate the transparency coating and are more scratch resistant than pigment.

This inkset and profiles are designed specifically for the Epson 1400-1430 and the Epson 1500W EU Model. The inks can also be used in other Epson printers but a custom QTR ink profiles will be required which we can do for a fee. We can assume no responsibility for your using non Epson inks in your printer. No problems have been reported by users. Individual tone, 4 fl. oz.

Includes QTR profiles for continuous tone grayscale printing and a Black Ink Only profile for high density text, halftones and graphics. Detailed set up instructions included with K6 inkset. ORDER ONLINE

Agate Burnishers
Agate Burnishers make great burnishers for etching and copper gravure. The smooth stone does not mar the metal like a steel burnisher and brings the metal to print with a bright white. #3 Solid agate with pointed tip and blunt end ideal for burnishing highlights and or polishing bevels. The stone can be polished on the inside of a piece of leather (aka leather strop) with rubbing compound if it ever becomes scratched. #14 DISCONTINUED. ORDER ONLINE

Aquatint Screens by Cape Fear Press are available in 9x12". Larger screens coming soon! I have designed these digital screens to emulate the grain of my previous analogue screens. ORDER ONLINE

Dust Removing and Plate Drying Rollers 4", 10", 14", 20" and JUMBO 30"
The multi-purpose rollers work great for removing liquids from recently developed photogravure and photopolymer plates. Also works well for adhering gelatin to the plate. Removes dust from glass and aquatint screens. Also makes a great roller for carbon transfer printing and for gelatin tissue transfer to the copper plate.. ORDER ONLINE

Gampi Sukiawase
A 100 GSM heavyweight surface gampi printmaking paper with a sulphite backing. This paper works well for intaglio, photogravure, and the Japanese woodblock printmaking method, mokuhanga. It picks up every subtle tone from aquatints and gravure plates. Mist paper evenly with spray bottle and blot before printing etchings. Sold in a 38" wide roll in 2, 5 and 10 meters. ORDER ONLINE

Baume & Alcohol Hydrometers
39 - 51º Baume' Hydrometer. Temperature of Standardization 60°F. Sterilized glass.
Tralles-Proof Hydrometer for maintaining Alcohol solutions. Temperature of Standardization 60°F. Sterilized glass Subtract approx 5% when measuring alcohol at 70ºf.

Fine Woven 100% Wool Sizing Catchers and Pusher Blankets Now available in 3 thicknesses, approx. 1 mm sizing catcher, 2mm sizing catcher and the NEW 2.6mm pusher blanket. Sold by the linear foot. ORDER ONLINE

Stouffer 21 step guide
Establish perfect Puretch exposure times easily with the Stouffer step guide. There are many different ways for exposing plates. There are an abundance of different exposure systems and processing techniques. The one constant is the step tablet. Use the step tablet as a benchmark for all exposures to achieve accuracy and repeatability. Click on guide image for instructions and density specifications. ORDER ONLINE

Sodium Carbonate, AKA Soda Ash 1/2 Lb.
Mix 10 Grams soda ash with 1 liter of water to make Puretch or Skylight Developer.

SYNTHETIC AQUATINT RESIN Back in stock!! formerly known as PICCO. ORDER ONLINE

UV Densitometry Services on our X-Rite 361T Densitometer
Mail us your printed wedge on film and we will e-mail you the readings. Calibrated digital 21 and 51 step wedges are located here. Check our online store link below for more info. ORDER ONLINE

Tech Support and Consulting
One free photogravure tech support request is included with each roll of gravure paper. To submit a troubleshooting request please use this link. These photogravure troubleshooting consults nomally will solve the issue but additional consulting is available for $25.00 per 15 minutes for in depth coaching or troubleshooting. Consultation for QuadtoneRIP or photo etching with Puretch is also available at the same rate. ORDER ONLINE


US Money orders and checks accepted via mail if you prefer, personal checks will have to clear prior to shipping. Orders will ship US Priority mail with delivery confirmation after receiving payment. Please E-mail Cape Fear Press with your order so a confirmation with a total of shipping, handling and payment mailing address can be E-mailed back to you. Please title E-mails "Puretch Order".

PURCHASE ORDERS We accept purchase orders for US and Canadian Universities. Go to the Order Page (links above) for prices with shipping in your country. Please e-mail us with the Purchase Order. Please include a telephone number in the e-mail. Orders must be paid for within 30 days of shipping or late fees will apply



• Orders may be returned un-opened for a store credit of the actual item amount listed above less shipping within 5 days of receiving. Recipient must also pay return shipping. This return/credit policy only applies to regularly in-stock retail items, not special orders listed above, tech support or contract work.
• All international customers are responsible for any CUSTOMS FEES that may occur. Contact your local customs agency for more info.
• Please inspect your product immediately upon receiving and contact us right away if your product was damaged in shipping. Damaged goods will need to be reported within 5 days to be processed for return and replacement.

• All US and International orders are shipped USPS Priority mail within 2 business days. This includes insurance and tracking. International Priority is normally 7-10 business days but we can not guarantee delivery times. If you need URGENT SHIPPING, please call 910-458-4647 between 10am and 6pm Monday - Fridays, Eastern Standard Time, to arrange a USPS Express service or another carrier.

CAPE FEAR PRESS THANKS YOU FOR YOUR ORDERS! You help support the arts when you buy from an artist run business.

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The use of these logos or brand names is not permitted without express written permission from Cape Fear Press.

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Products designed by Cape Fear

Grayscale Dye-Based Inks for Digital Transparencies on Epson Printers

The above set of 6 inks equals more than 10 cartridge sets for the Epson 1430!

Aug 4, 2023: Aquatint screens designd by Cape Fear Press are back in stock!

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