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Discussion in 'Other Every Day Carry Items' started by adimag, May 6, 2013.
You guys are nailing it lately! Awesome talent around here.
Just need some Ferric Chloride(Radio Shack PCB etchant is the most common) and something to act as a resist. The resist can be as simple as Sharpie, paint pen, nail polish, or you can get fancy with laser toner heat transfer, rubber stamps, or UV film. I use a lot of self adhesive vinyl that my wife cuts on her vinyl cutter. Just use tape to suspend the copper face down in the solution (this lets the sediment fall out of the design instead of clogging it up) Of course if your etching a negative, you need to cover/seal the whole piece except the design. I usually mask/seal mine with heavy clear packing tape.
There is a good article in the September issue of Art Jewelry magazine.
I got the dimpled look with a small metal chasing hammer-basically a small ball peen. Very similar to this one http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000RB591M/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i02?ie=UTF8&psc=1
That's great information. Thank you. I may use a rounded punch and my current hammer as I am on a pretty tight budget. I don't suppose there is really any wrong way to make these tags.
I am really enjoying the versatility that etching has brought to my tags. About 5 years ago, we researched our ancestral family crest. Afterward, we talked about making a family crest that represented our family of three today. So, here is the crest that we came up with etched onto a copper tag with my initials and the fleur de lis stamp that I have been putting on all the tags I make.
If you ever want to make a second sugar skull one... I deff wouldn't mind one
The thickness of the piece really makes it look rich and warm. Nice head stamping too. I haven't visited here in awhile. A lot of nice things happening.
Thanks. I just finished messing around with it a little more. Added a little bit of verdigris and inked the markings on the case head.
Also used the same verdigris on the tag I made, and a brass bead I just finished. I really like how the verdigris finish made the brass look like copper.
^^that is nice^^ What are you using to cut copper that thick?
The 1/8" thick tag I cut by hand with a small hacksaw (just got a new metal cutting blade for the bandsaw, so no more of that) The bead was a brass coupler (this one http://www.homedepot.com/p/Watts-1-4-in-Brass-Short-Rod-Flare-Nut-A-60/100637766#.UiZKXhZ-1Us)
I used a nut and bolt to chuck it up in my drill (I REALLY want a mini lathe) and used a file to take off the sides of the hex head, and added the little groove.
^^I thought it was a bullet!^^
You and me both Brother!
Tried a mini tag this time. 22x13mm. Hammered it, stamped, and then the verdigris finish. Also got the verdigris look on a brass keychain hook.
Lead, follow, or get out of the way.
How about a stamped and etched copper challenge coin? It is about 1.25 inches in diameter. It has my initials, year of birth, and fleur de lis stamp on one side, and the family crest etched on the other. I used a propane torch to give it an older look. I really like the way the etched side gives the coin an old world, dug out of a shipwreck, look. Copper has become one of my new best friends!
Very cool! Its got a real piece O' Eight look. You can really go crazy with the etching time when you've got a lot of thickness like that.
You can add some lemon juice and/or vinegar next time you use the torch and get a lot more darkening if you want.
Whelp, this is going to be a fun weekend. Looks like a trip to HF is in my future.
I'm late to the party but I was inspired so I wanted to try making a tag. Here's my first attempt. It was fun!
really nice work Madagi!
I'm very impressed with the tags I've seen lately.. I've not spent much time online recently but am checking in today.
Had to share a few new things that have landed on my door step. . .
Not the best pic, but it was I could grab quickly:
The talent here is amazing
Thanks Kuscoot! I have a long ways to go to match the talent here but it's always inspiring and amazing to see the collections you all have.
I found this thread and was also inspired! I borrowed the phrase from the forum members descriptions.
We converted another one! Nice work.