Etching copper

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

Kiln Fired Art Blog

 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…

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