A number of suggestions were put forward as to the best resist to use, ranging from a Sharpie permanent marker, to acrylic paint to nail varnish. I experimented with the Sharpie and nail varnish, and got satisfactory results with both.
After covering the back of the copper blank with resist, the etching process begins by suspending the piece in a tub of ferric chloride. I purchased my ferric chlorid from Maplin, but I would imagine this would be available at art shops. Opinion varies as to how long to leave the copper in the solution, but keep checking, and after 30 minutes or so, the solution should have worked its magic.
This is my first attempt, and admittedly, it looks a little 'rough', but I quite like that. I added it to my most recent book creation, and I love the effect of the etched copper against the luxurious velvet effect covering.
|Burgundy velvet postbinding journal by GlassRoofBooks|
As always, searching around on Etsy, I found some amazing examples of 'proper' copper etching, which brought home to me how much of a beginner I am when it comes to etching, and also how many talented people there are out there.
I love these dragonfly earrings by KismetStudiosOnEtsy
Such a simple design, by highly effective
MarieOfSweden has some truly beautiful items in her shop. I was spoilt for choice, but this etching is typical of her style. Simply stunning.
These Shooting stars copper etched earrings are another of my favourites, by CabariBeads. I love the patina effect, which adds depth to the imagery.
So there we have it. Any tips by those in the know regarding copper etching, I'd love to hear from you. And anyone who fancies having a go, I found the Internet tutorials below very helpful.
Copperheart - Tutorial: How to etch copper
Hodgepodgerie: Etching Copper
Autumn Equinox: Copper Etching Tutorial