About the Element
Strontium is a very sparkly, silver-white or yellowish metallic element with the symbol Sr and the atomic number 38. As it is extremely reactive to air, strontium occurs naturally only in compounds with other elements. It is used in flares and fireworks, and strontium-90 is a common component of nuclear explosions. In its stable form one of its recent uses is in the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis and other bone-related conditions.


Recently, a crew of archaeologists were digging in a remote section of a desert in the American Southwest. They had been digging for what seemed like an eternity, and they kept on doggedly working into the evening, lighting a bonfire and using flashlights so they could still see.

All of a sudden they came upon some bone fragments that were gleaming in the darkness. As they continued, gathering momentum, they began to see one bone, then another, glistening and sparkling. By the morning they realized they were uncovering an entire glittering dinosaur, who, after doing many tests, they aptly named Strontiosaurus. As the bones contained high concentrations of strontium, they not only were glittery, but were unusually strong and remained completely intact.

The little-known Strontiosaurus gleamed in the dark due to the strontium particles coursing through its system, and, when agitated, it would appear like a cat preparing to emit a hairball but instead a glowing explosive fireball wound torpedo forth from its mouth. Sometimes these could be quite large so one had to beware when the Strontiosaurus went into the famous crouching position.

However, if not provoked, these creatures were quite friendly and provided illumination for the other dinosaurs so they could pursue various evening activities such as the canonical dinosaur chants, which were sung in multi-part harmony.

About the Print
"Strontiosaurus" (2007, 6" x 6", solarplate etching on black Stonehenge paper, using transparent base mixed with mica)
This print is a solarplate etching printed on dampened black Stonehenge paper. The ink used was a mixture of Graphic & Chemical transparent base and mica. I tried mixtures of different shades of silver mica with metallic ink, but the transparent base/mica mixture produced the most sparkly result.

About the Printmaker

by Sarah Hauser

Symbol: Sr
Atomic number: 38
Atomic weight: 87.62