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'Cactus 2' - Etched and Patinated Pewter Cufflinks. With Black Tone Knurl Cufflink Backs Setting.

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For these cufflinks I recommend cleaning with a silver cloth to maintain their shine. Always rub in the same direction, not in a circular motion. As the fronts are patinated any abrasives will remove the dark colour.


The pewter sheet is degreased and then coated with a light sensitive photo emulsion, once this is dry it is then exposed to UV light with a positive acetate of the artwork on top to create the image, similar to exposing a photograph. The image is then washed out and prepared for etching, once it is etched the emulsion is removed and I cut and finish the edges. I then degrease the metal again and immerse it in a patinating fluid to achieve the dark colour, the metal is washed and I then carefully sand back the etched front to reveal the image and seal the colour with museum wax. The cufflink backs are then attached with a two hour epoxy glue.


Width: 2 cm Height: 1.8 cm Depth: 2 cm

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My work brings together the printmaker’s craft with age-old intaglio metalworking techniques to produce surface pattern as a tactile three dimensional form. I work mainly in pewter, its versatility perfectly suits the message I hope to evoke in my work, be it jewellery, tableware or surfaces.
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