- 100% wool etching blankets
- For relief and intaglio printmaking
How to Arrange Printmaking Blankets on the Etching PressPrinting intaglio on an etching press requires a set of blankets. Etching felts are used in sets of three on the etching press, and provide the cushion that creates embossment by pressing the paper into the recesses of the plate. Each blanket serves a different purpose and is therefore a different thickness, and is either woven felt or pressed felt.
From the press bed to the upper drum etching blankets should be layered in the following order.
- sizing catcher
The sizing catcher (sometimes called a Swan Skin or Fronting Balnket) is placed closest to the work on the press bed. This blanket may be cleaned if it becomes soiled with ink. It is the least expensive blanket of the set to replace if it becomes overly soiled or damaged. The sizing catcher is 100% wool felt and .062" thick.
Woven felt is more durable than the presses felt, is available upon request. Some printmakers prefer pressed felts claiming finer print details are possible. Contact us to substitute a woven sizing catcher in place of the pressed sizing catcher.
Also known as a forming blanket, the cushion blanket helps to transfer printing pressure form the press to the paper-to-plate contact area. The cushion allow the paper to contact the uneven surfaces of the plate. This contact allows ink to transfer from plate to paper. The cushion blanket is 100% wool felt and is a full .25" thick. It is placed over the sizing catcher.
The pusher blanket is placed over the cushion blanket aiding in cushioning. It is made of a highly durable woven felt. Being woven the pusher is resists wear due to abrasion from the upper drum of the etching press. The pusher blanket is .125" thick, and is made of 100% finely woven wool felt .
Printmaking blankets are used in sets. The typical set consists of a sizing catcher, a pusher, and a cushion. However, it is advisable to have an extra sizing catcher since this blanket does become soiled and must be occasionally washed in Woolite® detergent.
3 Blanket Set
- sizing catcher
4 Blanket Set
- 2 sizing catchers
Shop online for felts etching blankets at shop.takachpress.com
18" x 36"
24" x 36"
25" x 48"
30" x 48"
30" x 60"
33" x 60"
39" x 72"
43" x 84"
47" x 96"
Custom Etching Blankets
As a complimentary service, Takach press will cut to size custom blankets to fit your press bed. If you need a size not listed above, pick a size larger than you need and we will cut it down to your specifications. Custom sized blankets will be made of the same 100% wool felt materials as our standard size blankets.