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Topic: Electro-Etched Copper ATC and Inchies!  (Read 1828 times)
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« on: March 08, 2012 04:37:25 AM »

I had the idea when looking at some of the sign-ups for ATC swaps, but as I'm not eligible yet I can't do any trades at this point.
So I did the following as a test run.

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And the inchies!

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« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2012 05:35:10 AM »

love the hand print!
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« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2012 11:38:18 AM »

I had to look up electro-etching and it looks pretty cool, as do your ATCs...love the triple spiral.
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« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2012 03:47:47 AM »

Whoa!!! That is too cool. I would love to be claimed in an ATC swap by you! Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2012 01:26:53 AM »

That is awesome! Don't think I've ever seen something like this done before. How long does it take you to make one?
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« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2012 06:01:44 PM »

Takes about 30-45min for the etching, varies depending on on what I'm sketching on the copper. Going to be trying to do steel next, need to find Iron Sulphate.
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« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2012 01:39:44 PM »

 Those are awesome. Love seeing new techniques! Glad you are finally eligible for the swap!
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« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2012 05:48:02 AM »

Currently I'm working on doing steel etching, coming along nicely
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« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2012 08:59:55 AM »

Alright, time for an update.
Originally I started using agricultural Iron Sulfate heptahydrate, which is commonly used as an additive for soils. The initial trial was marginally successful, but not enough, so I decided to bring out something a bit more aggressive.

After some research and thought I found Liquid Lightning Drain Cleaner at Walmart. It's highly concentrated sulfuric acid with a few other buffers in it, one bottle of this stuff and 3 gallons of water. I did this outside obviously as the fumes and smell are not all that nice, I dissolved about 1.5 lbs of steel in the solution, pretty much till it wouldn't dissolve any more iron in it.

Surprising thing is that this solution is VERY conductive, so I had to reduce the power used to etch the piece, which makes for a much longer etch time, but it works much better than the copper sulfate alone, so it's a step in the right direction.

In addition to doing the etching, the copper sulfate I've been using for etching also does quite nicely for plating on steel. The really neat thing is that it doesn't require electricity to do the plating just brush it on to bare steel and it will do it's thing, the natural charge of the steel will attract the copper ions out of the solution and plate on to the steel. This means that you can paint with copper (I assume I could do the same with the Iron Sulfate, but not sure yet).

Pictures to follow.
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« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2012 02:19:49 AM »

Interesting! I love the hand print and triple spiral in particular.

Looking forward to more photos of your experiments with this!
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