Electro-etching Silver; Mare and foal project Part II

Many test pieces later and I have a beautiful rendition of my mare in foal, completed!

It's been a very busy time, with the final two exhibitions of 2011, the pre-Christmas jewelry rush, a major series of neurology illustrations on the go. And the Australian silly-season festivities just warming up. So just a brief summary of how this project finally succeeded....

I transferred my scanned and laser printed sketch by ironing it ink-down onto the silver, dissolving and gently rubbing the paper off.

Next I masked off as much as I could with packing tape.

Details were covered with a thin layer of clear nail polish, the lines to be etched exposed by cutting into the masking polish with a scalpel blade.

The aluminum wire was insulated with a heavy coat of nail polish.

The actual electro etching time took only a couple of minutes,far less than I would have assumed by what I've read about this technique. I think this was due to the small amount of area exposed.

The final piece has a pin fitted to the back. The foal is oxidised and I chose a matte finish to emphasize the etching and to really give it that hand finished look.

I'm looking forward to hearing how the veterinary student destined to receive this gift likes it. And to using this technique in future pieces..... -bc

The finished mare-in-foal brooch

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