My Etching Experiment

So I wanted to try my Skills at ETCHING. I ordered a bottle of “Pro-Etch” from Micro Mark, and followed the instructions on the bottle.398148_523663504340642_82172696_n
I wasn’t really sure what I was going to make, but I went right to it.
I chose a french letter stamp design…because…well that’s what I had on hand. I really need to get more stamps! I cleaned the metal and stamped on the design.

I cut the metal with Vintja metal shears. I attached my metal blanks (stamped side up) to packaging tape. I used 24 Gauge brass and copper. You may have to overlap the packing tape to make the strips wider. I also made sure the tape was long enough to attach to the side of the bowl, and that the pieces would rest in the solution with out touching the bottom of the bowl.
Waiting…checking… seemed to take forever…I like instant results…ha…that’s how I roll. Anyway…here they are…not bad for my first time! 398031_523663521007307_1180665604_n

I am going off of memory here…I think I rinsed them in a water and baking soda solution…and then pulled them off of the tape.


I think …I colored them with a black Sharpie…and used a polishing cloth to remove some of the marker…on one set but not the other.
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The set on the left is polished…I don’t really like the look of them….they’re to shiny…But I fixed that later.

I them marked placement for the holes with a sharpie… and punched them out with a tool from Crafted Findings. The Long Reach Riveting System for 1/6″ semi-tublar rivets.

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You can see the holes are NOT lined up perfectly, I need more practice. But you get the idea.

I then used the same AWESOME tool from Crafted Findings to add rivets.

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SO…onto the next exciting step….MAKING BRACELETS!


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You can see here I did something a bit different to each blank. I even soldered a little hand stamped piece to the blank. Using all of my new skills on these bracelets!
I even tried stitching with wire! Added a few cold connection, using Tim Holz gears.

So Here are the FINISHED products!

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You can purchase this bracelet in my ETSY SHOP..

The bracelet on the yellow background is another one of these steam punk bracelets I made soon after the completion of the other two…just checking out my skills.

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