Thank you! The etching solution was PCB from Radio Shack (used outside on a warm day since I don't have a ventilation hood) and I scratched the design by hand with my center punch tool with the spray paint method.
Oooh, well the etchant makes it so you aren't carving the metal by hand (like engraving) but the scratch/spray paint method is very time consuming and not as clean for large areas (you can see my scratch marks still. Overall, it was my favorite experience of the jewelry making class!
I see, interesting. I would have thought that a spray paint method would leave less scratch marks. Seeing your scratch marks isn't a bad thing, unless it really doesn't work for the effect. I would think that seeing the scratch marks makes it seem more artistic and not factory made. I bet it was fun! I only took one class in Jewelry/metalwork and this as well as seeing your art makes me want to do more! But alas, I have no easy means of doing so. Have you ever done printmaking? The technique and your style would transfer over well.
Yeah, the scratch marks are definitely a stylistic thing. It ended up working well for this bookmark. I have done printmaking! Took a semester course which covered basic carving, multi-layer prints, and waterless lithography. There are two or three pieces scattered in my gallery.
awesome *goes and checks it out* wow very nice work! I took one class as well and that is what we covered. I loved doing reduction prints but the semester was way too short. What did you find you enjoyed the most?
Aaaaahaha reduction prints made me so frustrated! XD I think I liked waterless lithography the best, but single color prints were fun as well because of the design challenge. Kinda wish I didn't have so much going on that semester so I could have spent more time on the projects. Were you an art major or did you take the class for fun?