In this unique workshop, JonAnn Shackford will present the specific steps to safe and efficient chemical etching on copper and brass.
Copper etching can be used in a variety of ways in making mixed metal jewelry pieces, etch deeper for use with enamels or use thinner copper for more pliable metal to be used for earrings. 16 gauge brass is used in jewelry making and can also be etched deeper to use as a roll plate to put images onto Sterling silver or other metals.
The morning will be safely mixing etchant and immediately etching three copper pieces. There will be demos on how to effectively choose patterns best suited to this kind of etching, putting the patterns on PNP paper and easily transferring the PNP patterns onto clean metal. Students will etch 3-4 pieces in the morning. After lunch, students will learn how to safely check their etching pieces for etch depth and how to safely remove from etchant, neutralize, and remove the PNP film.
Using PNP paper allows students to use any printed material for etching. Students can free hand draw anything that can be transferred to PNP to etch on metal. Instructor will demo how to successfully transfer your image onto your metal, how to avoid bubbles when etching, and other important methods and procedures. Any text must be flipped by computer backwards for it to be readable after etching.
This is a very enjoyable workshop and students will learn a variety of ways to enhance their jewelry making skills using these methods. Students should go home with 6-8 etched pieces ready for enameling or jewelry making.
***If students want to bring in something special to etch, if it is text, please already have it printed backwards. To flip it- click under “ flip image” in your computer.