I ran into a remark in a jewelry book where the author recommended etching a brass sheet blank and then roller printing the pattern onto gold rather than etching the gold itself. I work in silver rather than gold at the moment, but I wondered what the jury here would say about etching a brass plate and then using that to roller print more than once onto silver sheet. The chemicals for regular etching or even electroetching in brass would be a bit easier to get and probably cheaper (copper sulfate=root kill) and the brass, once etched, would (yes??) be usable for more than one pass through the rolling mill onto sheet silver.
If this is a good option, would I use a particular brass for hardness or would I harden it after etching? Any other thoughts or comments? TIA, royjohn