• Lyons Mezzotint Rocker 2" (5cm) 85 Line

Lyons Mezzotint Rocker 2" (5cm) 85 Line

Mezzotint is a drypoint method of intaglio printmaking where a copper plate is roughened with a mezzotint rocker. The rockers have small, regular metal teeth press into the plate, creating tiny half-tone indentations that hold ink. The plate is rocked in multiple directions until it prints a solid colour, at which point the surface is scraped and burnished to create tone and lighter areas.

E C Lyons mezzotint rockers are made from the highest quality carbon tool steel with a stained birch handle, measuring 18cm in length. The tools come in a range of widths, and in general, it's best to choose the wider tools for bigger plates. Mezzotint tools are also available in a variety of gauges, from coarse to fine. Weights can be added to the tools to allow for easier, even rocking.

The 85 gauge rocker is our most popular, providing a good balance between creating a plate that hold a wide variety of tone while allowing for finer line work in the burnishing process.

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