Yesterday morning was spent making a very nice stash of new copper etched components. I’ve had several people request a tutorial for this process. However, I do not feel nearly competent to a) explain it thoroughly enough or b) do an equal or better job that many already out there on the internet. I searched many jewelry sites, like Rio Grande, for tutorials on the method I wanted to try. And did a search with “etching with ferric chloride tutorial”. You’ll get some for computer uses, but keep digging. And watch as many as you can before trying this…it does use a hazardous waste material…and one needs to be savvy about precautions. That said, it is addictive…No, not to the chemical, silly…the gorgeous things it does to copper.
I thought today I would give you a quick run down of the steps in the process. So you’ll know why my hands and nails are trashed, mostly from all the sanding and filing. Plus, I’ll admit I don’t usually use gloves for the LOS. I’m too embarrassed to even go get a manicure. Anyone else know what I’m talking about?? I’m not even going to show you a picture of my hands.
So how do I get from this…
Copper sheet metal I buy by the pound at an industrial metal supply. This is about half of what I purchased. It’s maybe 12×12 inches.
Punch out circles or hand cut shapes.
File, file, file, sand.
Punch and file holes for ear wires or attaching dangles.
Apply stamped design with StazOn ink.
Etch…this is where you might view/read tutorials.
After neutralizing in baking soda solution, clean off ink.
Sand lightly with 0000 steel wool.
Clean and buff with wet/dry sand paper and steel wool.
Use dapping block to create nice curves.
Tumble for two hours.
Apply two coats of Renaissance Wax.
Then, here is what you get…
I also threw in a couple of pairs of hammered pendants.
Here’s a peek at a few earrings I made with some components
last week for the new shop in Hillcrest.
So, that’s how I get from this to that.
If you haven’t already given etching metal a try,
I hope you are encouraged to at least add it to your jewelry bucket list!
This weekend is one of my favorite holiday markets. Even better that it is at our church and helps support several non profits. Friendly, festive, fabulous “church lady made” baked goods, and fantastic artisan wares…including my dessert pedestals and jewelry.
Yesterday, I decided I needed a few more etched pieces…
hand cut from copper sheet metal.
Some with recycled glass.
And one hit with a texture hammer.
(oops…my camera caught some dents in these…
I need to put these back on the dapping block
and give them a few whacks with the rubber mallet again.
Gotta love that ‘third eye’.)
And just because I’m in love with these glass drops…
I’m in awe that there are 330 subscribers to this blog…and very grateful.
Not sure where you all live, but if anyone is near downtown San Diego
on Friday or Saturday, it would be a real pleasure to meet you.
Yeah! The reveal for the March We’re All Ears challenge from the Earrings Everyday blog is today. They provide such unique and fun inspirations for those of us who love to make earrings. This month’s challenge kind of takes us full circle…with some out-of-this-world macro photos of damselflies by Martin Amm. The very first challenge, a little over a year ago, was also of these gorgeously colored creatures.
Here’s a look back at the first challenge…Love is in the air!
And my wire and seed bead response… where I focused on the shape and colors in the inspiration.
And here is the current inspiration…a series of amazing macro photos by Martin Amm.
This time they are adorned with hundreds of tiny dew drops.
For this challenge I decided to focus on the dew drops and try to get some 3-D effect. I do like how they achieve that, but I am definitely not happy with the photos…hard to get the 3-D aspect and all the subtle facets in these beads, both the pale blue drops and the faceted crystals. Even tried three different backgrounds.
Happily, these will be donated to a local library that runs a fabulous event for local high school girls…A Prom Gown Giveaway.
The library collects new and gently used prom dress and hosts a give away in April. They also collect jewelry to jazz up the girls’ prom dress choices. My library’s jewelry class made 100 pair of fancy earrings again this year for the event. Makeovers are also provided by California Hair Design Academy. Bravo again to our libraries for all they do!
This month marks the first anniversary of one of the best monthly jewelry challenges around…WE’RE ALL EARS over at the Earrings Everyday blog. I’ve missed out the last few months, but am excited to join in today and help celebrate their first year of earring joy. Love that the sponsors come up with such unique inspirations each month…textiles, photos, paintings, architecture… And for busy people, each monthly challenge has a quick turn around time. The inspiration is posted the first Friday of the month and the blog hop is the third Friday. And who doesn’t l-o-v-e earrings!
This month is no exception. Lim Zhi Wei combines her lovely paintings with real flowers, especially roses, to create something special. View more of her work here.
You could say that people are waiting impatiently for Spring to arrive!
I decided to create a couple of pairs of Trailing Roses earrings using 24 gauge annealed steel wire and tiny glass pearls in pink and white.
The wire, when cleaned with steel wool, was an antique silver-gray that I thought went well with the pearls. It is also stiff enough to add needed structure to the earrings while maintaining a delicate look.
Finished with oxidized sterling ear wires.
When you want to give yourself a little treat, hop over to see what other jewelry artists were inspired to create from this lovely inspiration piece.
Could hardly wait to start working with some new recycled glass beads from Lima Beads. This on-line shop has one of the best selections of this type of bead. For these large drop beads, I decided to play with some wire wrapping…mostly on the long brass ear wires I love. Not too much, just enough to play off of the pretty opaque colors of the glass. The hardest part was wrangling the stiff brass wire for the wraps. Oh, my thumbs!
Lima calls this last bead ‘vintage turquoise recycled glass’…
I’m still getting components and finished jewelry ready for the February 7th event…
With over 60 crafters, really feeling like I really need to bring my A game.
Just finished up this butterfly necklace with some lovely pearls.
Next are just a few earrings…
I hope that what sets my jewelry apart is that most all the components,
ear wires and headpins are hand made with lots of love and care.
And finally, a little progress report on my bezel setting work with this lapis agate. I used a the sweat soldering technique to attach the ball details and bail. Which means melting tiny pieces of solder on the back of each piece first. Then hitting the setting from underneath with the flame to ‘remelt’ the solder to attach these pieces to the backing. Last steps were to set the stone and then a good polish and tumble. My plan is to make a wire wrapped beaded chain with these beautiful little lapis lazuli stones I purchased at Lost Cities.
Hi, My name is Lynda.
Exploring the wide world of jewelry making in my retirement from teaching. I'm grateful to be a part of this worldwide community of jewelry bloggers, where I receive encouragement, inspiration, and sometimes...a kick in the pants to take a risk!
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