The workshop begins with transferring your designs to your silver using a Silhoutte machine to cut the vinyl resist. The etch to silver will take about 10 – 15 minutes using Cupric Nitrate with a rectifier. Cupric Nitrate helps you to achieve a clean etch, may be filtered and reused many times, and does not create the stinky, unpleasant fumes or staining that products like Ferric Chloride do. We will be etching smaller earring and pendant sized pieces of silver in this workshop.
Some images will be supplied. If you do not wish to use the instructor’s images please bring a master sheet of images that you would like to etch. Strong lined black and white images with no gray are the best. Please limit the size to smaller images for this workshop, and if you wish to etch earrings have two copies of the image side by side. (if needed, don’t forget to reverse the second image if you want mirror images!)
During this workshop we will be using Sterling Silver to etch, but metals such as brass, copper and nickel may also be etched with this technique. (Separate baths are needed for each metal.)