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Vinyl for etching resist


#1

I picked up a Silhouette Cameo vinyl cutter used and hoping to use it for etching - can someone point me to the correct vinyl to use for this ??
Thanks,
Patty


#2

I teach electro salt water etching and use Oracle 651vinyl. I get very fine detail. I also use it for ferric nitrate etching on silver.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NQN2NQ2/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1.


#3

Thank you - Just the exact info I needed !
Ordering now :slight_smile:
Patty


#4

Martha, I’m very
curious how much detail can be achieved with a cutter. Any
place to see an example or 2 of what is possible?


#5

Hi Frank,

You can see some images on my website under the workshop tab http://www.marthafitzmier.com/home/2027-2/etching-with-electronics-workshop/ and http://www.marthafitzmier.com/home/2027-2/etching-with-electronics-workshop-2/. And I have attached some more images that I hope you can zoom in on. Let me know if you have any more questions or if I should send better photos. This is the first time I have replied to Ganoksin!

Martha


#6

Thank you! Very
impressive application of art and utility and what looks like
a very versatile technique. I’m reading on the net a little
bit on the necessity fine tuning of the cutter (getting good
connecting cuts) and time to do weeding.


#7

Have you noticed any difference in results when using the matte Oracal or the glossy Oracal?


#8

I have only used the glossy because others who have used the matt say the glossy is better.


#9

Yes there is a learning curve but the results are worth it. I use the software for layout and design for projects other than etching.


#10

wow Martha!
that is very nice deep etching!

julie


#11

Apparently the glossy black Oracal vinyl has a “permanent” adhesive backing that sticks to metal better than the other vinyls. This prevents seepage of the etching solution behind the resist.


#12

I recently got a Silouette Curio for exactly this purpose! My hope was to make resists for anodizing and etching. Just tried it with etching a few weeks ago and was very impressed. So much easier and faster than PnP paper. I did have a little trouble with some thin lines but maybe I need different vinyl. I’m using Cricut matte vinyl but now I’ll try the suggestions above. The cutting machine is a lot of fun! The Curio also “etches” on metal. Lots of things to explore!

Judi


#13

Keep us informed of your progress. We all benefit!


#14

Wonderful idea. Post this on a watch forum where everyone is trying to figure out how to etch dials and you’ll have friends for life :slight_smile:


#15

Bill, I would doubt you can get the small and intricate numerals and tick marks of a watch face with a vinyl cutter. My suggestion would be to design the dial in a vector drawing program like Corel Draw, Illustrator, or Inkscape , print (laser or ink jet) a positive on a transparency sheet, and use dry film resist (videos on YouTube) to etch. The dry film (actually somewhat of a misnomer) has the ability to hold some incredibly small crisp detail.


#16

Ive actually watched this technique on youtube


#17

The Silouette Studio Designer Edition is a vector drawing program.