(Almost) 4″ x 8″ Solarplate


$8.50 (20+)

Printmaking with Solarplate is a simple approach and a safer alternative to traditional etching and relief printing. Solarplate is a prepared, light-sensitive polymer surface on a steel backing, developed for artists to produce fine prints.


Quantity based pricing table

Min Max Unit Price
20 And more. $8.50


4″ x 8″ Solarplate

As a special for artists wishing to create “Landscape Images” or portraits of “Standing Tall” we are pleased to announce an exciting new size and format 4 inches by 8 inches or 8 inches by 4 inches, depending on how you utilize this rectangular format.  You may also wish to simply cut the plate to your own format with your guillotine paper cutter.   We are putting it out there for a trial period to see what response we get.  The price is only $9. per plate 20 or more would be $8.50.  40 plates $8.  Purchase now until July 4th.

Printmaking with Solarplate is a simple approach and a safer alternative to traditional etching and relief printing. Our ‘Original’ Solarplate is the first light sensitive polymer discovered and perfected by a printmaker for artists.  The steel backed plate, hardens with Ultra Violet light and is developed in water.  No acids or solvents are necessary to produce fine quality art and photography.

Solarplates are manufactured in Japan.

Solarplate polymers are designed to be flexible. The unexposed plate surface is soft and can be damaged with moisture during plate handling or from foreign matter on the film. Plates should be handled carefully so as not to damage the its surface and there is a frosted plastic covering which must be removed before exposure.

Solarplates are carefully packaged with lightproof wrapping. Any damage should be reported promptly to the shipper and Hampton Editions Ltd. at the address listed under “Contact Us.”  Plates should be handled with protective gloves, especially to keep moisture from the surface as well as safety reasons.

Inks may be removed immediately after printing with various mineral oils. Stubborn areas may be washed with a detergent (Dawn) and the washout brush.   Oil is easily cleaned with solvent (mineral spirits) in a well ventilated area.  Akua inks and Calico Water Wash Inks are wonderful…however…. After washing, blot the plates dry and post expose AGAIN.

Unused Solarplates should be stored in the original shipping container in a cool, dry place ](68*-72*F) is ideal, away from localized heat sources such as radiators, heating vents, or pipes. Avoid heat at all costs. Windows  in the plate making and storage areas should be covered with UV-protection. The manufacturer recommends that plates should be used within 9 months of receipt, however we have seen the green plates last for years.

Inquire about custom sizes by using our ‘Custom Cut Request Form’: ‘Shop’ -> ‘Shop Solarplates’ -> ‘Custom Cut Request Form.’

Additional information

Weight 1.5 oz
Dimensions 4.5 × 8.5 × 0.125 in