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« on: August 24, 2010 10:53:00 AM »

Hey all,
I was wondering if anyone knew if an idea I had would work...

I was wanting to take my sandblaster that I use for etching glass, to etch some sterling silver discs. Does anyone know if this would work? Especially if the etched part was then put in a patina?

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« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2010 02:49:17 PM »

metal workers sandblast silver all the time Smiley i think you may need to use different beads/sand though, as the silver might contaminate the glass or vice versa.

i don't know of sandblasting being used to -etch- silver, what it does instead is create a very cool matte surface. you might be able to get it to etch if you blasted it for a really long time? but typically they use acids to really etch silver deeply. you can still make tape stencils etc to blast shapes and patterns into the metal Smiley

you should just take a scrap piece and try it, and see what happens Smiley  and then let us know, hah.
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« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2010 08:51:42 PM »

It works, though it won't give you a deep etch. it's good for graphics, not so good if you want a texture change. And I'm not sure about patina but I know sandblasted metal actually takes pencilcrayon beautifully, though it'll need to be laquered afterwards should you choose to try it.
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