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Electrolytic Etching of Sterling

I’m in the process of etching some sterling silver and would like to
avoid the posonous fumes from etching with nitric acid i woulsd like
ro do it with an electrolytic process.

I have experimented a little using sulphuric acid as the electrolytic
bath, but am not very satisfied with the result.

Is there anyone out there in Orchid-land who have any experience?

Merry Christmas from Denmark, where we just two nights ago had the
first frost and not a single sign of snow.

Niels L�vschal
@L_F8vschal

Niels,

The answer is ferric nitrate. Search the archives for Article 00735,
Silver etching alternatives.

Christine, in Littleton, Massachusetts, USA, where it is sunny, snowy
and cold.

Niels,

I’m also doing some silver etching. There is some in the
1998 orchid archives. Do a search on ferric nitrate. I had good results
with 12 volts DC. The positive is connected to the piece. The negative
can be connected to a piece of stainless steel or titanium.

Timothy A. Hansen

TAH Handcrafted Jewelry
web-site: www.home.earthlink.net/~tahhandcraft
e-mail: @Timothy_A_Hansen

The answer is ferric nitrate. Search the archives for Article 00735,
Silver etching alternatives.

Christine,

I looked for this article every way that I could and cannot find it
:frowning: Can you give some more specifics about its location - month and
year of posting, for example?