About the Element

Iron is believed to be the sixth most abundant element in teh universe, formed as the final act of nucleosynthesis by carbon burning in massive stars. WHile it makes up about 5% of the Earth's crust, the Earth's core is believed to consist largely or and iron-nickel alloy constituting 35% of hte mass of the Earth as a whole. Iron is consequently the most abundant element on Earth, but only the fourth most abundant element in the Earth's crust. Most of the iron in the crust is found combined with oxygen as iron oxide minerals such as ehmatite and magnetite. (Source: wikipedia)

About the Print
I used the Periodic Table of Elements symbol for Iron, Fe 26, to make an image of an iron gate. Fe 26 is represented four times within this image. In the upper left corner there is an Fe with the number 2 just to the right, and the number 6 below the 2. The bottom corner is the same only upside down. The right side is the reverse of hte left side.

I created this design by drawing it on a copper plate and etching it in ferric acid. I then used aquatint to darken the image in order to achieve a more black iron look.

About the Printmaker
I am interested in all areas of printmaking by my main focus is copper plate etching. The subjects of my prints range from birds, insect and animals to abstract images.


by Amy Arledge

Symbol: Fe
Atomic number: 26
Atomic weight: 55.845