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    wellsdalakaJulie on “River Stones”:
    “This looks so peaceful and lovely, with all the elements in perfect balance.…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “River Stones”:
    “The stones are gorgeous whatever name they go by! I like your choice of smokey quartz…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Circles with a Sharpie”:
    “Thank you LRC! I am anxious to try out your instructions. They are…” read »

  • Mahala RockChick
    Mahala RockChick on “River Stones”:
    “Yes, I believe it is the same stone, just a different name.…” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “Circles with a Sharpie”:
    “Well rats! I goofed setting this whole thing up. That's what happens when you…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “River Stones”:
    “Love the soft muted colors! It looks like the pendant and the Wild Horse Jasper…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Tiger Eye”:
    “Wow! This is wonderful. Love these necklaces and tiger eye is a favourite of…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Fall?”:
    “I too love the bracelets you keep coming up with - you definitely have a wonderful…” read »

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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Here Comes The Sun”:
    “I love the soft muted colours - so serene and relaxing. Beautiful design!…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “I took a Class”:
    “Amazing! Can't believe this is your first time weaving! I am very impressed!…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Fall Tones”:
    “I love this colour mixture and the design is so appealing - very nice.…” read »

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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Turtle Beach”:
    “Ooooh - this is so cool and I love it all especially the turtles. :) …” read »

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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “River Stones”:
    “This is gorgeous - love the stones - love the design. Fantastic!…” read »

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    dolllady aka Pam on “Turtle Beach”:
    “Beautiful Gail! I agree the turtles are such a cute addition.…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Gifted”:
    “Thank you - still lots of wood beads left to play with.…” read »

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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “I took a Class”:
    “Thanks ladies. It was fun, but intense. Kept repeating the mantra: single up…” read »

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    puppychick labratbecky on “Here Comes The Sun”:
    “Gorgeous stone combo! And what a cute 'lil furry critter!…” read »

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    Medieval Momma on “Turtle Beach”:
    “Gorgeous!…” read »

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    puppychick labratbecky on “Fall?”:
    “Yummy components and beads! I love your style and aesthetic!!!!!!!…” read »

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    puppychick labratbecky on “I took a Class”:
    “Love the weaving! Must have been a blast! :) …” read »

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    puppychick labratbecky on “Turtle Beach”:
    “IMHO more is more! I love it either way but I am partial to extra details…” read »

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    sweetjane on “Fall?”:
    “Thanks to everyone for their lovely comments! This was certainly fun to make!…” read »

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    Medieval Momma on “Gifted”:
    “* would look GREAT with *…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Gifted”:
    “I love it! Very earthy and ethnic. It would look with a off-white flowing sun dress…” read »

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    Little Round Chick on “Turtle Beach”:
    “Glad to know I'm not the only one who fiddles. Great design. Love the soft…” read »

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    Little Round Chick on “Gifted”:
    “I like it too. Definitely has an ethnic vibe. Love wood, love all the components,…” read »

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    Little Round Chick on “I took a Class”:
    “Wire weaving? You're a "greenie?" I'd say you are well on your way to being…” read »

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    Little Round Chick on “Fall Tones”:
    “Fantastic color, excellent design. Love it! :) …” read »

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    Little Round Chick on “Here Comes The Sun”:
    “Key boards and computers are not trustworthy..... they are electronic devices with minds of their own. Now…” read »

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    Little Round Chick on “Fall?”:
    “Ditto to all of the above comments. This is a great way to welcome fall...just…” read »

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    Little Round Chick on “Tiger Eye”:
    “Thanks for all of the compliments everyone. The tiger eye is one of my favorites.…” read »

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    Mahala RockChick on “Here Comes The Sun”:
    “It's funny because when I type my son's name it always changes it to "sidenote" or…” read »

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    Mahala RockChick on “Fall Tones”:
    “Thank You ladies!…” read »

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    Harmony on Strings on “Tiger Eye”:
    “I love copper and you really are the master.…” read »

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    Harmony on Strings on “Gifted”:
    “Very,very nice.…” read »

  • G Layne AKA Gail
    G Layne AKA Gail on “I took a Class”:
    “Wow! I agree with Donna, this piece looks very complicated but you certainly did fantastic with…” read »

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    G Layne AKA Gail on “Gifted”:
    “Oooooo! Wonderful tribal design!! Love the African clay beads and the wood spacers really set them…” read »

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    S Katoll on “Gifted”:
    “I've never seen such interesting wooden beads, and you've really highlighted them here. The African clay…” read »

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    kye on “Fall?”:
    “You make the neatest bracelets. Wonderful work!…” read »

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    Granny Nancy on “Fall?”:
    “Very, very pretty. So talented.…” read »

More Etched Copper


About this design:

Cannot seem to get enough of this etched copper. These unedited photos were taken at sunset on my porch tonight. The patinaed copper is just stunning in this light. I think I'm in love...

Components:

copper sheet metal, amethysts drops, sterling silver, Abalone, glass beads, seed beads, waxed linen cord

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Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Beading Hippie  Shawn
    Beading Hippie Shawn says:

    Nice work! I love the textured copper too…I’m putting these into favs..

  2. Warped Wire Studio
    Warped Wire Studio says:

    Beautiful work!

  3. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Love the earrings.What wondeful looking stones against the patina.It’s really a striking contrast,and I imagine they look fabulous in daylight.The bracelet is also great. So unique and interesting to look at.

  4. Beadaholic
    Beadaholic says:

    These are all just wonderful, and that bracelet if fabulous. You are so good at all of this!!

  5. DayLily aka Del
    DayLily aka Del says:

    I love this. Makes me want to try my hand at it. The earrings are wonderful.

  6. B Witzel
    B Witzel says:

    wow, love it all, but the earrings really took the cake.What kind of patina did you use?Did you use the bigkick?

  7. Jet
    Jet says:

    Wow! How did you make the etchings? Machine? Would love to try something like this myself.

  8. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    I’ll try to answer a few of your questions about etching metal, but would refer you to some great online tutorials for Ferric Chloride Etching. Google this for some options.
    1. Don’t have a BigKick, but I think that embosses the metal…presses in a design. Etching metal uses a chemical process to eat away parts of the metal surface to reveal a raised design on it. I purchase Ferric Chloride from Radio Shack. $12 for a bottle. And yes, as the name implies, you do need to treat this with great respect. In my area, it’s disposed of as hazardous waste.

    2. I either hand cut or die cut shapes from sheet metal, but you could do this with precut purchased copper shapes. Make sure the metal is not treated with any kind of surface coating and is all copper.

    3. The design is simply rubber stamps with StazOn ink, a permanent ink pad purchased at Michaels. You can also freehand draw a design with a permanent ink sharpie pen. Let dry.

    4. Cover the back with a piece of packing tape. The acid will etch any part that is not covered with tape or permanent ink. I have gotten some really great pieces by stamping both sides of the metal and just submerging them in the acid. You get great designs on both sides!

    5. Lay face down in a container of acid for about 30-45 minutes.

    This is just the beginning…there’s cleaning, applying the patina (liver of sulfur),
    scrubbing most of the patina off, 2 hours in the tumbler for shine, and an applied wax to preserve all the work you’ve done on the pieces. Still, this whole process is so worth the effort in my opinion. Love the versatility, love the texture, love the color, love the look with sterling silver.

  9. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Thank you Lynda for the info. I just love all your etched pieces, they’re all so unique and cool looking! Would like to try this someday :)

  10. Deborah C Dallas
    Deborah C Dallas says:

    I just watched a video of this process on Beaducation.com using this technique.

  11. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    Wow Wow Wow! I LOVE these! I can’t wait to try this. Ron is a bit of a mad scientist at heart and is excited about doing this too. Thank you for all the tips, you are awesome!

  12. Asia
    Asia says:

    I love your etching, planning to do some, when I have vacation in summer, but because I will be going home, I don’t want all airport security after my ferric chloride, I’m going to try the green method with salt water and batteries, will post if it works. :D

  13. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Wowowow! These are all fabulous! Thanks for sharing the process! Liver of Sulfur, REALLY? I don’t like the effect on silver but what you do with copper is mind boggling!

  14. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Love the rustic beauty of these pieces, Lynda!

  15. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    beautiful!!! I love the etched look…so elegant. the 1st earrings are fantastic!

  16. Laud
    Laud says:

    Wow. Sounds like a lot of work, but the results are fabulous.

  17. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Wowzers! You have made some fantastic etched ear rings.

    Thanks for the tips on etching metal. I have some etching solution and I need to get busy and learn to use it. :)

  18. Sonja J
    Sonja J says:

    These are all absolutely GORGEOUS! I can’t pick a favorite. I also hope to be able to etch at some point, maybe when I have more space. =^___^= Keep it up, your work is always inspiring! =^__^=

  19. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    Gorgeous designs…..

  20. Sarajo W
    Sarajo W says:

    So gorgeous!!! Love these!

  21. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Thanks so much! Glad you like these pieces.

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    pearlsandme aka Monica says:

    Thanks for all the detail! I certainly will try soon! Absolutely lovely pieces :-)

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