Learning How to Etch Copper
Published On: 07-09-2012 09:00pm
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I recently dabbled into metal etching. I etched copper sheet. I had been wanting to do it but somehow I thought it was far more complicated to do. A friendly fellow jeweler, Maureen Garber Bates
, wrote me an instruction in text and I decided to try it. Amazingly simple to do. You just need to wear protective rubber gloves and lay some waterproof surface protection so your nice table doesn't get stained by the etchant solution.
I found this interesting tutorial with photos for anyone who is interested on learning how to etch copper
. Be careful when working with acid and read thoroughly the tips on cleaning and disposal.
These are my etched copper bracelets
. The design is very simple but the etching texture gives them more oomph. I used rubber stamp and waterproof ink pad to adhere the texture on copper. I kept my used etched solution in an unused food container. This was my third time using it. When I opened the lid, I saw oily puddles on the surface, I shook the container a bit but didn't bother to remove them. As it turned out, the "oils" acted as a resist agent so the patterns I had didn't etched properly as it should have. But I don't mind at all. I think it created a new interesting texture that can't be duplicated! WIN!
I suspected that the "oils" came from the ink I used as a resist on my copper sheet. One happy accident.
These are the finished etched copper bracelets
. They are now available in Popnicute
studio. They are stamped with positive affirmation phrases in a big font. A great daily reminder to keep the positive attitude all day long :) The design is so simple and suitable for both men and women. Makes a great unique gift
. Each one has a unique texture.