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Etching Base Metals
Instructor: Aisha Formanski
Technique(s): Metalwork
Level: All Levels
Etching has been around for hundreds of years and is now as popular as ever! Instructor Aisha Formanski will teach you the basics of etching copper, brass and nickel silver with ferric chloride. If you can draw the design, she will show you how to preserve it in metal forever! She covers how to; clean your metal, resists, etching safely and finishing your pieces. This technique offers endless design options.

This class has a run time of 15 minutes.
Tools And Materials
  • Resist - permanent marker and ink pad
  • Packing tape
  • Scissors
  • 2 disposable plastic containers with lids
  • Baking soda - Mix 10 parts water to 1 part baking soda
  • Plastic spoon
  • Toothpicks
  • 0000 steel wool
  • Rubber gloves
  • Apron
  • Safety Glasses

  • Ferric chloride - Aisha uses PCB Solution from Radio Shack. You can also find Copper Etching Solution at Dick Blick. This solution can be used over and over again until it no longer etches the metal. Then responsibly dispose of.
  • This solution WILL NOT etch sterling silver
  • Copper, Brass, Nickel Silver,
  • & Single Clad blanks - 24 gauge or thicker works best for this technique.