Get a FREE GIFT with every order through 12/31... and get inspired with holiday projects and ideas!
The Design Gallery

Follow along with step-by-step beading projects and share your designs with beaders around the world—it’s quick & easy!

Chatter

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

Additional Images:



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. DayLilly aka Del
    DayLilly 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.

  22. pearlsandme aka Monica
    pearlsandme aka Monica says:

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

Add your thoughts!

  1. No Photo
    YOU say:

    Sign up for a Lima account to comment—it's quick and free!

    Already have an account? Just log in.