Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Etching

I spent part of last evening etching.

I used a metal guillotine to cut pieces of silver nickel and copper and etched text onto the pieces using ferric chloride. When the etching was complete, the ferric chloride was neutralized with baking soda and the metal was scrubbed with a brass brush. I used an acetylene torch to heat the metal hoping that I would get an interesting, oxidized finish and was so pleased when I saw beautiful flashes of color form on the silver nickel. This metal will be cut and used for pendants, pins and earrings.

3 comments:

  1. Yes, I do have to admit it is so cool! I spent last night texturing metal with lace- to be posted soon.

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