Etching copper

 Here’s my first attempt at etching copper using the Edinburgh etch technique, which uses ferric chloride and citric acid as the mordant , this is a much safer technique than using acid.

If you would like to know more about Edinburgh etch click here

I printed out the design using a laser printer and transferred it by ironing on to copper sheet, which had been cleaned first.

As you can see the ink didn’t take very well in places so I went over the design with a waterproof ink marker before masking off the back and placing in the mordant for about two and a half hours.

Here is the copper after being cleaned up, the design is raised as you can see, it has a few pits in the relief but as this is an ancient Greek design it can only add to the finished piece.

I need to sand, shape, patinate and polish up the high spots now.


I used liver of sulphur to patinate the piece after sanding, it looks pretty grotty at this point.

Then I sanded again bringing up the high points.

The cuff was formed on the mandrel using a nylon hammer

Here is the finished cuff, it really is a statement piece, I have sealed it with Renaissance wax ,but I believe that patination will only add to the beauty and ‘ancient artefact’ look.

I hope to to add etched copper jewellery to my website soon.

To go to Fired Art Jewellery click here

Now I’m wondering about copper plate printing………… this space!!


About eganj1

Obsession making arts crafts, and all things creative
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11 Responses to Etching copper

  1. Anna Herring says:

    Jill, I love blogs – I won’t always make yours, but I am bookmarking it to return from time to time. Please don’t stop posting on PPIO, because you are a treasure and much appreciated.

    Congratulations on an active and fertile mind! Happy New Year, Anna

  2. eganj1 says:

    Thanks Anna, I will still be posting on PPIO, but with something that will interest more than one group instead of posting it all in 3 places I can post a link to my blog, otherwise I won’t have time to make stuff.
    All the best for 2011

  3. Jill, This is wonderful. I love the texture on this one. BTW I wear my bracelet you made a lot. It is such a wonderful design and can be worn over a long sleeve sweater easily.

    The folded edge on this design adds to the over all texture. Great work Jill!

    Mary Lou

  4. Jane Bowen says:

    Jill, Beautiful work. You are very multi-talented and wonderful to share your art with others. thanks, Jane

  5. Scot Mauldin says:

    Great job! Jill. I like the idea of doing a blog. I’ll have to see if I can get up set up on my website. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful talents.

  6. Di Sandland says:

    Brilliant tutorial Jill – I’ve bookmarked it! I love the finished result and would wear that bracelet in a heart beat; it’s exactly my style! xx

  7. Fran Bailey says:

    Very pretty,you are a Diamond in the rough, you sharing so much,we are so lucky, you have a wonderful New Year with full of fun and surprise

  8. Hi JIll,
    Happy New Year and Congratulations!!!
    I am on this list for the past 1 year and I am a porcelain painter from Geneva.
    Excellent work.I always enjoy seeing your work.Always very innovative.
    Thanks for sharing it with us.
    Recently I have posted video lessons on How to paint Holly leaves on the you tube.
    Porcelain painting Holly – part 1 and 2.
    Happy Painting.

  9. Jan Sims says:

    Jill, I am in love with this cuff! It is just beautiful and I am very interested in your technique. I have a question. You say you “iron” on the pattern and I’m not familiar with that process. Can you explain? The only process I know about is using the acetone on the back of a laser copy to get the transfer. Keep it up Jill. I’m excited about being on your blog.
    Happy New Year

    • eganj1 says:

      Hello Jan and all, thank you for your comments.
      I used an electric iron that you use for clothes with the steam turned off. It takes a bit of time to transfer the image, I need to work on it when i get a moment. I have to say I love wearing it and I hope to put some on my website eventually.

  10. eganj1 says:

    Reblogged this on Kiln Fired Art Blog and commented:

    I’m really busy just now decorating the studio and painting furniture, pictures to follow but in the meantime here’s a blast from the past, a post about etching copper

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