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« on: August 13, 2004 11:38:07 AM »

I have the floor piece from an old porch we took down when we built our deck.  I want to etch a kind of scene from angkor wat temple in Cambodia and use it as a backdrop in the garden.  It is fairly large about 3.5 feet wide by 5 feet long and it is really heavy.  I don't need fine details when I etch it nor do I need different colors. I'm thinking more of a chemical reaction with the steel rather than actual cuts I would make with a tool.   Anyone have a clue what I would use to etch it with?

this is the feeling of the scene I want to create:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v209/norsgoebel/angkorwat.bmp
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« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2004 07:17:21 AM »

I just did a quick google search on metal etching, and it's a pretty intimidating process involving some significantly scary chemicals.  Do you have a lot of experience with this kind of stuff?  If not, you might want to try just painting the metal so it looks like it's corroded.

http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/cr_painting/article/0,1789,HGTV_3282_1382283,00.html  (there are a couple of other metal-finishing techniques on this site, too)
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« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2004 07:59:02 AM »

thanks bookgirl,  I did a search too and was hoping that some really crafty someone had an easier less scary way!  It's going to be outside year round so I'm not sure if painting and sealing will hold up, might have to resort to that after all...
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