Looking back at my posts of the last couple of months,
I see that there’s not much jewelry shown.
Time to correct this, I think!
Since returning from Africa, I have renewed my mania for etching copper…If I’m honest, obsession is probably the more accurate term. If anyone is thinking about starting to learn this method using ferric chloride, I’d highly recommend seeking tutorials, both text/photo and video on-line.
Beaducation has a free detailed video series here. This supplier also has a huge variety of inexpensive pre-cut shapes in base metals that would work very well with this etching method. I have only working with copper sheet metal…cutting my own copper discs with a die cut tool and shapes by hand with heavy kitchen sheers (actually very easy).
I do have one difference in method than shown in their series. They recommend covering the edges of the pieces in a heavy coat of permanent black marker ink, so that the etchant does not eat this part of the metal. I do not do this and there is a good reason. They are working with smooth, pre-finished blanks. I’m using hand cut pieces that are still a bit rough around the edges. Happily, I discovered that by leaving the edges exposed to the acid, these were naturally smoothed and finished by the treatment. Much less work filing and sanding for me! And you’ll notice in these earring components the very cool rounded ridge and striation marks all along the edge…love this!
Still learning to “read” the process…this pair needed to stay in the acid a little longer.
These last three photos were taken a sunset on my porch.
Love the touch of gold added to the gorgeous patina!