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 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
6" x 3' Sample $12.00 + Priority S&H in US, International orders are sent via First Class mail
10'x 2' Roll $49.00 + Priority S&H domestic and international
50'x 2' $210.00 + Priority S&H domestic and international ORDER ONLINE
Puretch is also available as a 3 foot wide roll. Special order and 250' minimum required. Contact us for pricing.
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 $375.00 + 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)
DRAGON GRAVURE Photogravure Pigment Paper
This tissue is more sensitive and slightly less contrast than Phoenix.
Processing directions included with tissue.
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 $395+ S&H
Photogravure Tech Support and Consulting
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. Etching a few digital wedges and Stouffer testing is also recommended periodically to see if the tissue and or equipment is performing consistently. When you e-mail, please tell us which product you are using, describe the problem(s), 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. A lot of issues can be addressed in a 15 minute phone consult especially if you give me very detailed info in your e-mail request.
$25.00 per 15 minutes. ORDER ONLINE
IZOTE Etching Inks BACK IN STOCK 2014!
Izote handcrafted inks are unrivaled in their tonal range, pigment load and fineness. They are specifically made for the delicately etched tones of photogravure but work well for all etching and intaglio printing processes.
$33.00 per 300 gram can. ORDER ONLINE
Squeegee Ink Card
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. Cutting the blade to 2" increments with a sharp mat knife is recommended. Blade is 2 inches wide. We recommend you order no less than 2 inches because you can not card with the cut edge, only the molded edges.
$1.60 per inch plus S&H ORDER ONLINE
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 about 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 custom made, special order. Please allow 1-2 weeks for shipping.
9 x11" $75.00 + S&H, 11 x 14" $110 + S&H ORDER ONLINE
I am hoping to have a 16x20" screen available in March 2014.
Grayscale Dye-Based Inkset for High Quality Digital Negatives & Positives on OHP Transparency
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 can print at UV densities in excess of 4.0 using custom QTR profiless. 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 specifically formulated to work in the Epson 1400 and 1430. The inks can also be used in other Epson printers but you need to be skilled at building QTR ink profiles from scratch. 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
Empty refillable ink cartridges are available for the Epson 1400 and 1430 on the order page $35.00 + S&H
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 helps prevent 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. $35.00 and $48.00 plus S&H 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.
$38 each 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 or 5 Lb.
The perfect and best resin for dust grain box aquatints and heliogravure. PICCO resembles Grade A pine rosin in color and very fine 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 and $49.00 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
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
SALES TERMS & RETURN POLICY ON DAMAGED SHIPMENTS
• 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.
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