Metal Etching and Image Transferring

I didn’t mean to not blog for a bit, but life, as usual, kept me busy.  What’s really been keeping me busy lately is metal etching and some other projects.  I finally have it set up to do at home and I’m so excited!  I’m doing it both the way I learned and also by doing an image transfer method that I read up on.  It’s really worked out very well, but I’m still getting a handle on it.  I’ve done a couple of test pieces so far, and I have a few more test pieces I want to make.  I also have a couple of commissions lined up and the possibility of more coming once I’m done running the tests I want to run.  Time will tell. 🙂

It took me a while to get all that I needed, but now that I have it, I’m running with it (figuratively, not literally :p ).  So, you may be wondering, what’s the image transfer process.  Well, it involves a hot plate, an iron, transparencies, rubbing alcohol, and a printer from 1995.  I’m not joking.  I’m literally using a printer from 1995 that I borrowed from a friend.  More simply put, I needed a laser jet printer because it has to be toner and not ink.

So, once I managed to do the process, I was able to successfully transfer the images I wanted to transfer to metal.  It took a few tries to get it just right, but I did it!

After letting the metal take a bath in the acid for about an hour, I pulled them out, did my thing to stop the acid from eating away at them, and rinsed them off.


Then came the polishing and what not.

For the Kuukisu badge I made, I decided to play with a little heat coloring with my butane torch.


It doesn’t look all that right great now, but after some polishing, it will look way better.  Of course, that’s the ONE THING I forgot to snag.  Go figure.  Plus, I want to round the edges more.  By, like, a lot.  Still, these are the first two things I’ve done with the image transfer method and at home.  I should have more to post soon and then there will be things available for sale as well. 🙂

As for chainmail, yes, I’m still doing that as well and have some fun projects coming up very very soon. 🙂 I have so many ideas and so many projects, sometimes I don’t know what to work on next!  However, metal is my main focus in art, so expect plenty more of that.  I’m excited to share what projects I’ll be working on next, so stay tuned!


2 thoughts on “Metal Etching and Image Transferring

  1. You say it doesn’t look that great yet, but I think it is very cool! Please add me to your email list if and when you start doing commission work. I am highly interested and have been searching for someone to make me a custom piece of metal artwork. I simply haven’t found the right artist yet. You may be the one.

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