Sunday, February 28, 2010

A new experiment

One of my goals this year (not resolutions...I always break those!) is to try to experiment with something new every week.  I'm not the most fearless of people, and new things tend to scare me, so this is one way that I'm trying to break out of that fear, by trying something new every week.  This week, I decided to try a technique that I've been wanting to try for probably about a year or so.  

The book "Semiprecious Salvage, Creating Found-Art Jewelry", by Stephanie Lee, has sat on my shelves for that same year, and it's certainly one of my inspirations.  The book itself is very cool, and the instructions for her projects are concise and clear.  It is from this book that I found easy directions on how to etch a piece of metal, and the technique intrigued me from the start.  A few months after I got the book, I went out and bought the etchant solution, but I didn't try to etch anything at that point.  I kept waiting....

So today, when Theboy was asleep for his nap, and Erin involved in painting a picture or ten, I decided I should finally try to etch some copper.  So I pulled out the needed materials, and went to work.  I was super pleased with how easy it was!  And I'm very happy with the results.  Since it was so easy, I etched a few pieces, which I will work into charms or earrings or something or other!  And I will definitely be doing this again....once I get some liver of sulfur for the final oxidizing/antiquing. 


 Here is my starting point - a cleaned, cut, and flattened piece of copper.  The copper has been stamped with a design in black Staz-On ink.

And here is my almost finished piece.  After the etch has been done, and all I need to do now is decide what I want to use the piece for, oxidize it, and go ahead and use it!  Isn't it cool??? 

After this experiment, I certainly won't be so afraid of trying something new again!  Who knows, maybe I'll even finally get up the courage to find a torch and try some soldering.....

5 comments:

indigo goddess said...

Hi! Linked over from Connie's Art Journal Letter Love.
I live in CT too and was excited to find someon else. Your jewelry is great. Love the copper etchings... I have the book too, but havent been brave enough to give it a try. You inspire me.
Have a great evening.

Beadwright said...

Wow it is very cool. I love the etching.

Nicole/Beadwright

stregata said...

Great results for a first etching! And I so agree about books. What good is a book if you haven't got it on hand when you need to refer to it during a process? (And in my case, our libraries don't have these books anyway...)

Melinda Cornish said...

I like it, a lot! it is always fun to try something new......

blumensnapdragon said...

Yep, definitely have to try etching-it looks great! Like your jewelry and all the hammering and that you make your own ear wires.

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