When a printmaker has finished printing an “edition” it is traditional to destroy the artwork on the copper plate by scratching a great big cross on its surface.

Another way to destroy the plate is to cut it into lots of wee pear shapes. You can then tap each of these into a handmade wooden mould, (gently to preserve the wee bit of the artwork left on the plate). After that you could drill a little hole in the top of the wee bit of copper and attach it to a super posh handmade lure with semi-precious stones and silver plate finishings to be sure to catch the most discerning trout, pike or salmon.

This is what I did after printing the edition of Trout and Moth 2, which I created using the mezzotint technique.

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