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On a Roll
work by Dieter Kaminski

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 Published in: 2015 Archives

Artists use engraving for two general purposes — to embellish an object or to create a master with which to make copies. Copies can retain every tiny detail from the original and allow for some experimentation with material.

The use of engraved plates in printmaking is a fairly common, but it isn't often that one sees a hand engraving made specifically for embossing. This embossing roller, engraved by Dieter Kaminski, is an extreme departure from his beautiful, highly-detailed, scrimshaw work. Polished flare cuts break the surface of the roller, building a scene of gently curved flowers, rippled leaves, and fluttering insects. The forms effortlessly wrap around the cylinder, leaving no indication of beginning or end.

Dieter makes it look easy, but engraving a master for embossing requires a bit of thought. Any sculpting must be done as a reverse of what is intended for the finished product. The deepest areas on the engraving will be the most raised in the embossing. One must also consider how the engraved object will be oriented to create the embossing. It takes a bit of planning to engrave an embossing roller, but the results can be quite worthwhile. Once the engraving is complete, the sculpted design can be pressed into paper, vinyl, and other materials to create a uniquely textured surface.

Have you ever engraved a plate or roller for embossing? We'd love to hear about it! Send photos and story to featured@grstools.com.


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