Photo Etching anyone?

Discussion in 'Tools of the Trade' started by xsoul, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. xsoul

    xsoul New Member

    So I just discovered something new by visiting this board, and that's photo etching, it sounds neat! The process sounds very similar to silk screening but with acids and metal. I knew visiting this board would bring me new insights on fabricating new stuff to build and to build with.

    Doesn't sound too popular here as I found only a few threads about it, but who does it here? How extensive is your setup?
  2. treker2557

    treker2557 New Member

    You can look up how to do acid etching through a google search and some basic videos can be found on youtube. Their is also a yahoo group that you can join and talk to some of those members.

    The technique takes practice and works out best when you buy a laminator and good printer. The acid and such for better grade is expensive to ship. I would honestly just make the file in say adobe fireworks (a vector type program) and send your file to a company to make what you need. They will charge you a flat rate fee then you'll have to place a min order so maybe 10 sheets or so. If it's for a popular project sell on ebay or a forum.

    Hope it helps
  3. xsoul

    xsoul New Member

    Hey, thanks for the info. Do you have any suggestions on a good site that offer services for photo etching in small quantities? I like to try it out before buying any equipment to try on my own.

    I can't say I really want to mass produce things and sell them as I would get very bored making the same thing over and over. I would rather have the customization of my own setup if I find photo etching works for me. Though playing with acids sounds a bit scary, as if I need more volatile chemicals in the air to with sanding and painting.
  4. MTK

    MTK Active Member

    Yeah, it's fun, but be prepared to make a mess, have a well ventilated space and above all, be carefull!:mrgreen::thumb:

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