Salt Water Etching Copper

April 4, 2016 in Mixed Media Posts, Video Posts

Hi Everyone!

I have been off experimenting with lots of stuff- resin, molds, metal, etching etc. I showed some friends some of my experiments and they asked for some tips on how I did Salt Water etching on copper. There are loads of full tutorials on this subject with all the gory details on why and how this process works, so I just did a quick video on the items I used for the Salt Water etching process.

I started out with 9 volt batteries, as mentioned in many of the videos, but they quickly ran out of juice, so I went on to using a car battery charger. The one I used is 12 volts and it already comes with the negative and positive clamps already set up. In my video, it isn’t very clear in the section where I talk about the actual copper that I am going to etch. This piece of copper is place in the etching salt water bath, but there must be a piece of copper that sticks out of the water so that the positive (red) clamp can attach to the copper without the clamp going in the water. Most folks attach a piece of copper wire to the back of the copper to be etched with tape (since a lot of folks use tape on the back to protect it from being etched. I found that was a pain. Other folks drill a hole in the copper to be etched and make a hook from the wire and hang the copper piece from the wire. I didn’t want a hole in my bracelet blank. So, I used flat (thicker) bezel wire and hooked/wrapped the wire around the copper piece so that the wire was touching the copper and then the rest of the wire hooked over the edge of the container while the piece of copper could be sitting in the water. The red clamp could be attached to the wire  and that worked fine for the etching process.

I stress that caution should be used at all times when using this process. I do not touch any part of the set up, unless the battery charger is turned off. So first I get all the pieces set up, and only then do I turn on the charger while staying away from the salt water container. If I need to check or tweak something I turn the charger OFF and only then will I touch any part of the set up.

So with those dire warnings aside- here is the video. Enjoy!

Here are some of the items I have etched with the Salt Water process:

Salt Water Copper Etched

Salt Water Copper Etched

Salt Water Copper Etched

Salt Water Copper Etched

Rusted and Embossed Paper- for real

October 15, 2015 in Mixed Media Posts, Video Posts

Last week I showed you how I make faux rust, but this week I am using real rust to make some cool embossed paper. The secret? Old, decrepit, rusted ceiling tiles. The paper came out so cool! If you liked this paper, you might need to start haunting your favorite antique stores :) .

Here’s how I made the rusted, embossed paper:

 

and here’s some pictures of finished papers:

 

Rusted Embossed Paper-1

Rusted Embossed Paper-1

Rusted Embossed Paper-2

Rusted Embossed Paper-2

Metal Embossing Tips

March 13, 2015 in Mixed Media Posts, Video Posts

I am all over the place lately with work, and play, so this post is going to be all over the place as well :) . I have posted a couple of previous articles on embossing metal here and here. I was going to continue in that vein for the next several posts however, next week I am switching gears and plan on posting my experiences with a new material for me- Resin. I’ve also signed up for a Photography class in order to force myself to try to improve my skills there, so I have been playing with my camera and Adobe Camera Raw. So today I think I will just post a quick video  I made on Embossing Metal tips, and an image I created for the class.

Here is the video:

I will return to this series in a couple of weeks.

Here is the image I made for the photography class TheStudio  (you can read about it here)…

Chcolate Stack Chocolate Preset

Chcolate Stack Chocolate Preset

I have learned a bunch about Adobe Raw presets in this class, which enhances my Photoshop work! It’s a fun class with LOTS of creative (and nice!) people!!

Stay tuned next week for my experiments with Resin :) .

Embossed Metal Valentine’s Day Card

February 12, 2015 in Mixed Media Posts

I decided to use my own embossing plate (more on how I do that in a future video!) to make an embossed metal card for Valentine’s day. Here is the video…

and here is how it turned out!

Embossed Metal Valentine's Day Card

Embossed Metal Valentine’s Day Card

I hope you have a Happy Valentine’s Day!