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Re: Starting question - how to cut metal plate?

Hi Aslan, Try a ''draw tool''. Look for this in suppliers lists such as ''Intaglio Printmakers''
Best. John - Photographist - London UK

----- Original Message ----- From: "Aslan Ivo" <aslanivo@yahoo.co.uk>
To: <alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca>
Sent: Friday, August 10, 2007 6:43 AM
Subject: Starting question - how to cut metal plate?

Hi all
I am starting in copper plate photogravure and was
wondering how to cut the 16-18 gauge sheets of copper?
Getting a Pexto squaring jump shear is out of the
question - those things weigh a ton and there's no way
I could get one into my apartment. How about a
dremel-like tool - clean straight cuts?

I won't be making anything larger than 11x14 inches,
and I guess I'll have to get the copper sheets precut
to that size to begin with - but after the plate is
etched I want to be able to snip the edges as needed
to suit the size of the image and to remove the step
wedge. Do you know of a benchtop shear that can handle
these plates? I know of people who have shears but I
really dont want to go back and forth to their place
to use their shears if there is an easier way.

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