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    Default Melting and casting and etching, oh my!

    Hi all. I've been playing again.

    A friend asked me to make replacement wedding rings and they decided they'd like etched patterns on their rings. The last bit of etching I did wasn't as crisp as I'd have liked so I threw a few more ferric nitrate crystals into the solution and decided to do a test run on something other than their rings.

    I've been playing with melting bits of scrap, some of it directly on my solder block, and other pieces in channels I carved in some lumpwood charcoal (not the kind impregnated with firelighter) and decided to etch some of the thicker pieces. I used my favourite resist, nail varnish and designs from nail art plates.

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    As suspected the etching solution was a bit lazy but I quite like the effect on these pieces that I've turned into pendants.

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    A couple of the pieces that were melted scrap on my soldering board were much more delicate, and I love how the jump rings I added to one of them didn't quite melt and look like scroll-work.

    Deb
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    There's no stopping you, is there Deb? I like the nail varnish ones best, if they will pass the wear test. Dennis.

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    Very nice Deb, it is artisans like yourself who work out side the square that set the future

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis View Post
    There's no stopping you, is there Deb? I like the nail varnish ones best, if they will pass the wear test. Dennis.
    They are my favourites too. I've some rings that I've etched this way that I've been wearing for a couple of years now and they've held up pretty well so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by china View Post
    Very nice Deb, it is artisans like yourself who work out side the square that set the future
    Thanks Bob. I tend to find that I have to work as the muse takes me, and I'm glad I played with these before doing the rings I'd been asked to make - it meant that I made up a new batch of ferric nitrate in order to get a cleaner etch. And I like the idea of setting the future by having an eye on the past.

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