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TITLE: North Wharf (right)
ARTIST: Victoria Elbroch
SIZE: 10" x 7"
MADE BY: Wentworth
DESCRIPTION: This jigsaw puzzle of an old wharf in New
England reflects the process of etching. Etchings are created by painting
a copper or zinc plate with acid resistant asphaltum, then etching the
chosen design, in a reversed mirror-image, through the hardened coating
with a sharp stylus. The plate is then immersed in a bath of appropriate
acid which eats into the exposed metal creating tiny groves. The coating
is removed, the plate is inked and cleaned, and the image printed onto
damp paper using an etching press. Each individual print is then tinted by
hand, using watercolors, giving them a distinctive and colorful flair.