Metal Etching & Forming
Students who have completed the First Step–Basic Techniques will texture copper and/or silver using two etching techniques. Students will be shown Galvanic Etching, also known as electrolytic etching, using electricity and a salt solution (no acid is used, and the solution can be used for an indefinite period of time), and etching using an acid solution. In both forms of etching, students will learn the best type of resist to use, such as Sharpie Marker, Staz-on Ink, nail polish, tape, or a special paper to transfer a design onto the metal. The textured metal will then be formed using the hydraulic press. Students will learn anti-clastic bracelet forms to shape the metal using the hydraulic press and bracelet. Students must contact the instructor prior to class to discuss materials to bring to class.
PREREQUISITE: The First Step–Basic Techniques.
The class materials fee of $40, payable to the instructor at the first class, will include material to make one set of copper earrings and a copper bracelet. Metals for additional projects may be purchased at market value from the instructor.
Please wear clothes you can get dirty or bring a craft apron to wear.
Please note: Jewelry students must be at least 18 years of age, except for courses in Metal Clay, where they can be as young as 13 (with parent).
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