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Different resists for electrolytic etching

I am continuing to experiment with the electrolytic etching, and
getting great response from customers, especially to the ones I hand
color. I would like to try some different resists, and wondered what
others who have tried this like to use?


Beth Wicker
Three Cats and a Dog Design Studio

Hi Beth,

I, too, have been doing a lot of electrolytic etching, and love it! I
have been using a combo of PnP and enamel paint pens. I really like
the control I have with the paint pens, and the PnP allows me to get
the majority of the design onto the metal, and then just touch up
with the pens.


aside from PNP blue, i like rubylith pens, asphaltum, and my favorite
is orange flake shellac mixed with beeswax and a small amount of
pitch- great for deeper detailed etching in low/room temperature
baths, followed by lighter etches with PNP if the plate i am making
has a lot of shadows or details, and I’m making a plate/ master for
roll printing on metals. I tried masque pens, they were a bit messy
and only good with ferric chloride solutions. All with 6-14 volt
current from lantern batteries, or a deep cycle marine battery and a
rheostat. MAKER has great DIY plans for etching, plating, etc,
and"You Tube" has a wealth of electrolytic etching demo videos…using
various formulas, and materials. .I use a stainless steel bain marie
or steam table insert with a cathode of usually 22-24 karat, or
rhodium and I can plate too with the same set up.rer