Design Transfer Tutorial: Etch Your Own Design In Metal With PnP Transfers Made Easy for Etching in Base Metals and Sterling Silver

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PnP, or Press n' Peel, is a type of transfer film that can be used to transfer your line drawings, clip art and photographs to metal for etching.

This tutorial helps to demystify using PnP transfer film to transfer toner based images (ones from a copier or laser printer) onto your metal. There are some very important tips for getting good transfers...

If you want to create unique, one-of-a-kind etched metal components for jewelry, book plates, belt buckles, and just about anything you can make with metal, this tutorial is for you! It does not go into how to etch metal. So, if you need to learn how to etch metal check out my Chemical Free Etching Metal (Without Acid!) Tutorial. Alternatively, you can find other tutorials on Etsy that go over the process of etching with acids like ferric chloride.

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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 and necklace design, 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 tutorial, lot's of detail, easy to follow!
Feb 8, 2018 by honorpassion
Dec 10, 2017 by Amanda Yarde
Aug 9, 2017 by lori grass
Jan 5, 2016 by creative123
Explained all about PnP transfers onto metal objects.
Nov 17, 2015 by Alyson Wilder

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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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