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An American by the name of John Franklin Earhart created Chaostype – a patterned print effect made from molten type metal.
The alloy, a combination of lead, antimony and tin, would is poured into a slightly damp tray. As the hot alloy hits the surface water, it evaporates. The air bubbles rise to the surface, leaving unique organic patterns in the alloy, which are left to solidify.
Once in a solid state, the alloy – complete with the ‘Crunchie honeycomb effect’ – would be cut into strips and often used for borders.
Earhart patented the process, however, it was also used by certain British ‘Art’ painters, such as Raithby-Lawrence of Leicester.