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DawnsTrees
« on: January 22, 2013 12:19:09 AM »

I have wanted to try metal etching for quite a while, and last week I decided that I HAD to try it soon. So, I went out got some ferric chloride and then sat and stared at it, slightly afraid, for a few days. Over the weekend I got my nerve up and tried it.

I had three different metals all of which should have worked (read "should have" twice). I used sharpie pens as the resist on all three and then after reading multiple websites I made floats out of some styrofoam and duct tape and went for it.

After twenty minutes, nothing. So I set the timer for another 15 minutes. I went in and knew immediately that there was a problem with one of them, but I will return to that in just a minute...

I am pretty pleased with the first two though!

This one is a dandelion - the little heart at the bottom turned out a little different than I expected, it looks broken which was not my intent, but it is interesting...


This one is my daughter's initial - it will probably be made into a bookmark since she isn't likely to wear it as a necklace.




So, I said I would return to the problem one. I walked in and it was bubbling and giving off a lot of heat. I grabbed it, ran around in circles, and finally got it outside. The reaction stopped sometime overnight (I am sure that the freezing weather didn't hurt).

Yuck!


Obviously, the metal was not pure and it reacted poorly with the etching solution. I still have not gotten the nerve up to deal with the mess! (the whole thing will probably be put into a bag with baking powder to neutralize it and then taken to a hazardous waste facility). Lesson learned - and now passed on to you - make sure you know exactly what the metal is that you are using!

While the disaster has me a bit leery I am pleased with the other two for first attempts. I will try again!!
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« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2013 09:00:14 AM »

Brave, very brave. I love the dandelion.
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« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2013 05:56:52 PM »

Cool etchings.  I have been wanting to etch like crazy, but I etch outside for ventilation. My solution and hot water bath are froze solid, it was -4 the morning.

 It pays to be picky about what metals you use. Before I used styrofoam in my solution( I use hydrochloride)  the first time I called a chemist asked if it would make any gases that could hurt me.  He told me I was safe.   Always better safe than sorry. Happy etching.

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« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2013 11:14:30 PM »

Thanks ladies!

Bakeneko - Good for you actually contacting a chemist! Couple questions for you - why did you choose hydrochloride over ferric chloride? What do you use for the resist? I like the ease of the sharpie, but wonder if there is something that would give a cleaner look...
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« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2013 02:41:36 PM »

Dawnstrees- hydrochloric acid  and hydrogen peroxide formula is cheaper.  It has some draw backs. I have a lot of fails.  Such as Sharpie does not work as a resist. So I use enamel paint. It gives a clean look. I like ferric chloride too. I makes cool swirls in the etching. And sharpie is a lot easy to use than paint.


Thanks ladies!

Bakeneko - Good for you actually contacting a chemist! Couple questions for you - why did you choose hydrochloride over ferric chloride? What do you use for the resist? I like the ease of the sharpie, but wonder if there is something that would give a cleaner look...
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DawnsTrees
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2013 11:11:55 PM »

Thanks for the information! I will definitely try the enamel paint.

Since I recently bought the ferric chloride, I think I will continue with it until I run out and then I will look into the hydrochloric acid and hydrogen peroxide.
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« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2013 03:51:27 PM »

I LOVE the dandelion!  Gorgeous! 
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« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2013 11:56:54 AM »

Thanks domesticblisssquared! (and welcome to craftster!)
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