Tutorial: Chemical Free Etching Metal Without Acid by My Brown Wren Eco-Friendly Easy Safe Method

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Have you ever been afraid of etching because of the hazardous chemicals and lengthy list of expensive and often hard to find items? Then this tutorial is for you!

Etching metal without acid is safe and easy. With this method, you can safely etch copper, bronze, brass and nickel. This tutorial describes how to use rubber stamps, a solvent based ink pad and a cellphone charger you pick up at the thrift store or from your junk drawer in a container of salt water, to produce beautiful etches like the ones in the photos. You can use other types of resists with this method as well, like sharpie paint pens, Future Floor Wax, nail polish, spray lacquer, etc.

If you'd like to etch your own designs onto copper, like line drawings or computer based designs from clip art, check out my PnP Transfers Made Easy for Metal Etching Tutorial. It helps to demystify using PnP transfer film to transfer toner based images (ones from a copier or laser printer) onto your metal.

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This is a pretty straight forward, easy to use tutorial. However, I always think I'm a great communicator. If you don't understand something, please don't hesitate to email or convo me. My email is in the tutorial. I am more than happy to help you figure out anything that may not be clear. We all learn in different ways...

This tutorial is in ENGLISH. If you do not read English, please do not purchase this tutorial unless you have a friend who can read English. All tutorial sales are final. Please review my shop policies if you have any questions.

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As the author and designer of this tutorial, I am granting you permission to use this tutorial for your personal use only. Reproduction of any kind without prior written permission is strictly prohibited - this includes but is not limited to making copies, distributing, teaching, selling or publishing online or offline. Thank you for respecting the work I put into this.

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Average review
Great tutorials, easy to understand!
Feb 8, 2018 by honorpassion
Jan 22, 2018 by Dorene Banekster
I haven't done this process yet. I'm just very glad that there is a less toxic alternative. Thanks!
Oct 26, 2017 by Isabel Collins
Thanks, this will be a much safer etching process. Can't wait to try it.
Apr 23, 2017 by Kate Clark
Fast delivery! Comprehensive tutorial! Thank you!!
Feb 9, 2017 by Jennifer Buckle

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Each piece is handmade by me with care and attention to detail. Whether you are purchasing jewelry for yourself or to give, you are investing in something that is meant to be loved & cherished for a long time.

Metal Clay: Metal clay is metal that has been pulverized into microscopic size particles. They are mixed with cellulose and water to a clay-like consistency. This material is worked like clay, dried and sanded. Once the finish work has been complete, it is fired in a kiln at a high enough temperature to burn out the cellulose binder. Once the binder burns out, the metal particles start moving closer together in a process called sintering. Once sintered, the final object is 18-28% smaller. It is a solid metal. There are no traces of binder in the final product. I primarily work with fine silver (99.9% silver), but occasionally use sterling silver (92.5% silver), bronze, steel and copper clays.

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Etched Metal: All of the etched metal in my shop is either copper, brass, or bronze. I utilize a chemical free etching process called electrolytic etching. It uses electricity and a salt water solution to remove metal particles to create the final design. It is a fairly simple process that requires no acid, which is far friendlier to the environment.

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