Steel Facing Copper Plates

Steel facing is an electro-plating process.


Steel facing will harden the surface of copper etching plates without diminishing fine details in mezzotint, aquatint, dry-point, soft-ground, photo-gravure and line engraving. Therefore, when editioning copper plate etchings, the plate work will not wear away and the prints will not appear faded as the editioning progresses through to the last print. Steel facing will insure that color pigments in etching inks remain true when printed. Steel facing allows also for easier wiping of link form a copper plate and provides a sharper printed image.


Fees are based on plate size. Facing charges are $.40 a square inch, with a minimum charge of $150.00 per square plate. All shipping and insurance charges are incurred by the sender. For more information, contact Andrew Balkin.



Andrew Balkin Editions at AGB Graphics Workshop

3978 Timber Lane, Verona, WI, 53593

Studio: 608-826-0870


Founded in 1978

*Prices and availability are subject to change without notice.

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