View Full Version : ........solar plates

04-09-2003, 06:52 PM

i was in the bookstore and scanning throughg a book about "solar prints" today. have any of you seen/own/read this book or dabbled with it?

mame, ('f you're out there) i'll have to find the thread where you were talking about something similar with polymer plates...or was it this exact thing.?

anyway, it appeared to be a polymer plate sold with a layer of light-sensitive emulsion on it and you harden the layer much like we did at the screen printing shop...which is to say with a positive image in blacks/greys on a clear filmpressed against the plate in the sun.

......only difference is the plate itself erodes away, doesn't get bitten by acid. where the sun doesn't harden it, it is soft and can evidentally be eroded by a brush and water i thin k it said(?)

curious if any of you have dabbled.

04-10-2003, 02:21 PM
I haven't worked with solar plates, but I have seen a lot of them done, and they turned out great. I do know that the printmakers that did them only produced about 20 or so prints of each one. I don't know if it was because the plate eroded or not. I do know the plates are very expensive, and that is one reason I haven't tried one.

Here are a few sites to check out.


This last one has a lot of information and directions.

Hope this helps.

04-10-2003, 08:21 PM
Sigh..I've got the book...I've got the plates...I've got some ideas...but I live in Cleveland and every single time, I've had plans to work with solarplates, the waether got in the way. :(

Well maybe this summer will be as intense as the winter was and I'll get something done this year! I think these plates have a shelf life, so I'm hoping they're still good.


Little Old Lady
04-21-2003, 08:50 PM
I took a class last fall. The polymer plates are what is used to make the solar prints. I will look up some that I have done and post later. We use an ultra violet light expose the plates.
We also used xrays to develop some. Great ideas. I did one from and ol photo that turned out well.