About the Element
Palladium was discovered in 1803 by William Hyde Wollaston, and was named after the asteroid Pallas that had been discovered the year before. The element is a silver-white metal that resembles platinum and has the amazing ability to absorb up to 900 times its own volume of hydrogen at room temperatures. Because of this, Palladium was a major component of the Fleischmann-Pons experiment, commonly known as cold-fusion.

About the Print
This print was made on my C&P printing press. I used antique printing blocks for the letters and numbers, a photoengraved plate for the asteroid belt, and a woodcut to depict Pallas. The inks are Van Son rubber base and the paper is Crane's Lettra.

About the Printmaker
I am a letterpress printer and designer located in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Gypsy Ridgley

by Sarah Ridgley

Symbol: Pd
Atomic number: 46
Atomic weight: 106.42