The burnisher is a smooth sided tool with a curved tip used in etching techniques .A burnisher is the tool often employed to create highlights in an intaglio print–to lighten tones in an aquatint or mezzotint. The curved tip allows one to focus it’s polishing action into a smaller area as it is used further towards the tip.Pressure is applied as the burnisher is rubbed on the plate. The smooth steel is harder than the zinc plate and this rubbing action softens surface textures. The burnisher is also the tool used by mezzo tint artists to smooth the texture off the mezzotint plate. Available is sizes from 1 1/2″ – 3″ bent or straight. W-1 U.S. Tool steel. White Birch Wood Handle. Rockwell 60-62.
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