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[Looking4] Photoetching classes

I have been reviewing all the threads on photo-etching, including the
wonderful article by Karen Christians, and her latest posts to
questions about photo-etching. Despite the wealth of information
there, I am hesitant to try this on my own. So, I would like to find
a workshop, or class, or someone to provide me with one-on-one
instruction, in the Portland, Oregon, area, to learn how to
photo-etch sterling silver. Please let me know if there are any such
workshops, classes, or private instructors around.

Thanks! - Au revoir! Hobbs

Hi Susi!

Thanks for the kind words. The process is really fool proof and if
you follow my directions on copper, it’s the same for silver. The
only difference is the acid (mordant) where you use ferric nitrate.
2 cups water, pour one cup of ferric nitrate into the water.

Sometimes you just have to test things on your own. However, I might
be able to make a little movie showing the process and upload it to
Utube. Let me check this one out.

Good luck!

Bonjour Susi

I can’t help you with a class or so but I found loads of information
on photoetching films/resists on this site (it’s a ducth company for
printmakers supplies) …check the
Puretech film it can be sun exposed.

I am quite sure you’ll easily find suppliers in the USA.

I did a lot of photoetching at jewellery school and I assure you
that you can do it at home easily. just choose the right film/resist,
tha right mordant and follow the instructions.

Au revoir

Juliette Arda
Aix en Provence, France

Good morning all. And, wow, Karen Christians, if you could post a
video of your photo-etching process, that would be incredible! I am
particularly interested in observing the printing onto the medium
and exactly the brand of each. I understand the printer should be a
laser printer, using toner, rather than an ink-jet. There seems to be
a wide range of Orchideans’ experiences using various different
printers, copiers, papers/acetate sheets, toners and solutions to
transfer the image from the paper or acetate to the metal. So, I am
really curious about this part of the process. Including the how-to
of transferring the image to the metal. I am also a seamstress and
for the past several years (since acquiring two professional
heat-presses), have made a variety of garments with different brands
of transfers on avariety of fabrics. Because of this, several ideas
have occurred to me while investigating photo-etching onto metal
using images printed onto an acetate, or plain paper, or P-n-P.

Hope to read more posts soon!
Au revoir! Hobbs