PURETCH™ Photopolymer Etch Resist
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. The rolls are 24.75" wide. Pronounced purETCH, not purTECH !
Puretch Film Specs here. Processing Instructions included with film.
Puretch is also available in Europe at Polymetaal and in Japan at Studio Kitayama
1' $10.00 + Priority S&H
10' $49.00 + Priority S&H
50' $210.00 + Priority S&H ORDER ONLINE
PHOENIX GRAVURE Photogravure Pigment Paper (aka carbon tissue)
This tissue has slightly more contrast and is less sensitive than Dragon
Processing directions included with tissue.
2 x 8 feet $69.00 + Priority S&H
2 x 65 feet $395.00 + Priority S&H (recommended for Intl. customers as this can ship via US Priority Mail much cheaper)
4 x 65 feet $680.00 +Priority S&H (must be sent by Fedex for International orders)
NEW for 2013 - DRAGON GRAVURE Photogravure Pigment Paper
This tissue is more sensitive and slightly less contrast than Phoenix.
Processing directions included with tissue.
16.5 inch x 8 feet $
46.00 $40.00 SALE PRICE! + S&H
16.5 inch x 65 feet $242.00 + S&H
19.5 inch x 8 feet $56.00 + S&H
19.5 inch x 65 feet (.5 x 20 meters) roll $265 + S&H
39 inch x 65 feet (1 x 20 meters) roll $450 + S&H
Photogravure Tech Support and Consulting
A half hour of tech support by phone is included with each roll of tissue. Additional telephone consultation is available by the quarter hour. E-mail Cape Fear Press with any difficult issues you are having and please include a telephone number so I can call you when it is convenient for both of us. Before e-mailing, please ensure that you are monitoring and processing at the recommended humidity, times and temperatures. Most problems stem from poor climate control so make sure your humidity is where it should be before consulting. Etching a few digital wedges and Stouffer testing is also recommended periodically to see if the tissue and or equipment is performing consistently. Please tell us which product you are using, describe your processing, etching schedule, working environment and anything else you think will help solve the issue. A medium res. photo or two is also very helpful.
$25.00 per 15 minutes. ORDER ONLINE
NEW Super Fine and Thin 100% Wool Woven Etching Blankets
These blankets print very smooth tones better than any other blankets available leaving no visible weave once they are broken in. These blankets are available in two 'thicknesses', thin and super thin. The thicker of the 2 can be used against the roller and the thinner one should be bought as a set of two to go against the paper. With this setup it is recommended that the blankets be pulled taut with a pulley system or an assistant to prevent them fom wrinkling when traveling under the roller. The Baby Blanket also works well (without the need for pulling taut) as a single blanket along with a 1/8 or 1/12 woven pusher which is available at Graphic Chemical. I recommend the 1/12" in particular. The photo shows the 2 blankets with a 1/16" woven on the bottom. The Baby blankets should be washed in the washing machine in hot water a few times to break them in and soften the weave. They can also be dried in the dryer with heat without any significant shrinking.
Sold by the full width order by the linear foot.
Super thin 'BABY Blanket' 58 inches wide $52 per foot + S&H
'THIN Blanket' 61 inches wide $35 per foot + S&H Special order, please allow about 2 weeks for shipping. ORDER ONLLINE
IZOTE ETCHING INKS are made from a classic oleo-resinous copperplate varnish, are highly pigmented inks with exceptional tonal range and density, especially well-suited to printing fine aguatints and photogravure.
The inks are available in five colors:
• Umber-bone black is our most popular very warm tone black, “El Vaquerito.” (The Cowboy)
• French black, a traditional blend of frankfort and bone black pigments, is a warmer, creamy stiff and dense black ink.
• Vine black is a cooler, looser black ink.
• Bone Black is a more transparent warm ink
• Transparent Extender Base
These inks have exceptional tonal range and can be extended for images requiring more transparent bases.
200 gram/0.44 lb can $26.00 + S&H (Bone Black Only)
300 gram/0.66 lb $33.00 + S&H
(e-mail us with your color preferences after ordering)
For comparison sake, a large can of 200 ml. Charbonnel 55981 black weighs about 20 grams less than the larger can of Izote.
Analogue Aquatint Screen THE ONLY ANALOG SCREEN ON THE MARKET!
20 years ago I made my first analog aquatint screen. I am making screens again using the same technique as before but with much more refined grain quality and better resolution. Achieve a similar look to a traditional aquatint without the equipment, space or skills needed for applying a consistent dustgrain. This screen is meticulously made by hand with an exacting process and developed in a darkroom. There is nothing digital about this screen. The screen resembles very fine asphaltum dust in resolution and the grain blends smoothly when exposed at the optimum time. I have settled on a density that will work well for gravure and photopolymer which is ablut 80%. Custom densities are available and will cost 50% extra, please e-mail. The feedback on these screens is quite positive. Users report good tonal range that resembles silver gelatin and nice separation of tones. All screens are made to order. Please allow 1-2 weeks for shipping.
9 x11" $69.00 + S&H , 11 x 14" $96.00 ORDER ONLINE
16 x 20" coming isoon!
Grayscale Dye-Based Inkset for High Quality Digital Negatives & Positives on OHP Transparency NEW !
DYE Inks are the absolute best for transparencies! Cape Fear Press designed this inkset specifically for photogravure positives but these inks also work incredibly well for for all photographic contact printing processes such as carbon, gum, silver gelatin, platinum-palladium and more. These inks were designed for use with the Epson driver but you can also use them with QuadtoneRIP for further control. These inks are richly dyed and will print with adequate tone even at very reduced QTR ink limits. Grayscale inks will produce the smoothest and most artifact-free transparencies. Dye-based inks will ensure the highest resolution and blending for continuous tone transparencies. The dye inks will print very consistently in density because the tonal mixture is always in suspension. Dye penetrates the transparency coating and will not scratch off like pigment. Pigment particles settling in the cartridges is never an issue and clogging is not nearly as common with dye inks. Dye-based inks are said to last for 200 years in album storage. However, lightfastness is not really a concern in the case of making digital positives or negatives because they are not created for display but instead used to produce an archival print with traditional photo printmaking processes.
This inkset is formulated to work in any Epson printer, including the super high resolution 5760 dpi. and 1.5 picoliter printers such as the Epson 1430 and R2000. We can assume no rensponsibility for your using non Epson inks in your printer. No problems have been reported by users.
Individual tone, 4 fl. oz. bottle $20.00 each + S&H ORDER ONLINE
Set of 6 inks: $100.00 + S&H
Set of 7 inks $120 + S&H
Empty refillable ink cartridges are available for the Epson 1400 and 1430 on the order page $35 + S&H
Digital Gravure Positives from our printer
High resolution continuous tone inkjet positives with our settings and grayscale hextone inkset, perfect for Phoenix Gravure and 4.5% sensitizer. Please see the services page for more info. 13x19"
$50.00 each plus S&H ORDER ONLINE
Dust Removing Roller
This 4 inch roller safely picks up dust and grit from your aquatint screens and most digital positives. It protects your screen from damage and eliminates pinholes, sunspots and resultant print retouching. This roller works much better than brushes or compressed air. Essential for all photo platemaking processes. Roller cleans with water or by quickly rolling it onto adhesive contact paper.
$49.00 + S&H ORDER ONLINE
Agate Burnishers are commonly used for gold leaf but the super hard stone burnishers also make great burnishers for etching and copper gravure. The smooth stone does not mar the metal like a metal burnisher and brings the metal to print with a bright white. Four tip shapes available. The stone can be polished on the inside of a piece of leather (aka leather strop) with rubbing compound. Click image for detail. $30.00 plus S&H ORDER ONLINE
NEW Baume Hydrometer
39 - 51º Baume' Hydrometer. Temperature of Standardization 60°F. Sterilized glass.
$38 plus S&H. 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.
$14.00 ORDER ONLINE
Sodium Carbonate, AKA Soda Ash 1/2 Lb.
Mix 10 Grams soda ash with 1 liter of water to make Puretch Developer.
$5.00 + S&H US Orders Only ORDER ONLINE
PICCO Aquatint Resin 1 Lb.
The perfect and best resin for dust grain box aquatints and heliogravure. PICCO resembles Grade A pine rosin in color and asphaltum in resolution. PICCO is ideal for use with photogravure pigment paper because (unlike pine rosin) it is resistant to alcohol. Click here for use and melting tips. Always wear a tight fitting dustmask when dusting a plate with resin. Specs & MSDS
$15.00 + S&H ORDER ONLINE
MAAS Polish NEW
MAAS Polish is the best polish we have tried yet and outperforms Wenol, giving even more shine. Wenol gives more shine than Putz pomade which is better than commonly used Brasso. Brasso performs terribly compared to the other polishes and does little more than remove tarnish. MAAS comes in a 4oz tube.
$14.00 plus S&H ORDER ONLINE
Used for agitating the etch bath. Unbleached domestic turkey wing feather 12-14"
5 Feathers: $3.00 available with Puretch purchase only, includes shipping
20 Feathers: $15.00 includes shipping, this quantity may be purchased alone
US Orders Only 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 (link above) for prices with shipping in your country. Please fax your purchase order to 910-458-4510 and e-mail us with the exact address the item needs to ship to. Please include a telephone number in the e-mail. Orders must be paid for within 30 days of shipping or late fees will apply
SALES TERMS & RETURN POLICY ON DAMAGED SHIPMENTS
• Orders may be returned un-opened for a full refund less shipping within 5 days of receiving.
• Please inspect your product immediately upon receiving and contact us right away if your product was damaged in shipping. Damaged film will need to be reported within 5 days to be processed for return and/or replacement.
All US and International orders of Phoenix Gravure paper and Puretch film 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.
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