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Etched Copper Bar

About this design:

Worked on this etched copper piece in a metals class last week. Coated both sides of the copper sheet with asphalteum…and yes, it stunk like tar! After drying, scratched a design into the piece. After a bath in nitric acid( nasty stuff), scrubbed off the black coating. Yucky. Then, a bath in LOS, and another scrubbing and polish. After all that, I decided to dress it up with a triple wrap of braided sari silk ribbon and a few beads.


20 g. copper sheet metal, sari silk ribbon, various copper findings and wire.

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  1. Sonja J
    Sonja J says:

    Very cool! I saw a tutorial on etching metal using a rubber stamp to put ink on as a resist, then putting it is acid- the results were pretty cool, I might try it when I have money! This sounds like a much more complicated method of etching that you did, but the results are gorgeous! Love the colors, too! =^__^=

  2. BeadlingatMonsterPajamas
    BeadlingatMonsterPajamas says:

    Gorgeous, and the sari silk really sets off the detail in the etching. Love it!

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    Really cool design! All those steps and acid and such isn’t for me…I am too klutzy to work with that stuff! LOL You did an awesome job!

  4. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Really love your copper focal etched bar! The sari silk goes so nicely with it! Beautiful!

  5. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Love! The etching is fabulous and the sari silk is perfect with it!

  6. sweetjane
    sweetjane says:

    Great job!! some of my favorite colors together!

  7. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Love both pieces, Lynda!

  8. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    This is just adorable Lynda. Love all the little dangles and of course the ribbon. I envy your skills and that you are always trying something new.

  9. Warped Wire Studio
    Warped Wire Studio says:

    Impressive and I love the braided ribbon!

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    pearlsandme aka Monica says:

    Wow! Love the slightly rustic, handmade — but still elegant and not too coarse feel of this! And great that you share yet another technique, hadn’t even realized this one existed! But my sister did some etching back in art school 15 years ago — maybe she could teach me a few tricks!

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