- The edges of the acrylic are beveled at a 45 degree angle to prevent damage to the paper and/or press blankets, as well at to allow the roller of the press to ride up onto the plate more smoothly.
- The acrylic plate is covered with etching ink (about the consistency of sticky tar), which is then wiped off the surface, remaining only in the lines that have been carved into the plate.
- The plate is placed on the etching press, and dampened paper is placed overtop (I use a heavy 100% rag paper).
- This is then run through the press, which uses a heavy roller to force the dampened paper into the lines in the plate, pulling out the ink.
This process can be repeated, producing multiple impressions of the same image. Because acrylic is a relatively soft material, I find that I am usually able to only get about ten to twelve impressions before the plate is worn down too much to use. With care, I can usually get all of the usable impressions for a single plate in half a day.