I have been doing some copper etching recently. A few of my results are shown in this photo. I used nail polish as a resist and scratched it off where I wanted etching using a scribe. This method is giving me nice crisp edges to the etched areas. I am able to etch as deeply as I like because the nail polish is not beginning to loosen anywhere during the process like the paint pens and other ink resists I had tried before. Mistakes are easy to repair before etching as well. I love how easy it is to remove the nail polish afterwards too. The etching bath I used for these is peroxide/muriatic acid. I love how fast it works.
Tomorrow I will be bringing these earrings and all of my fine silver jewelry to Mackinaw Valley Winery for their Art & Wine Festival Sunday,July 21st , Noon to 6pm, FREE admission. The winery is at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard and Winery | 33633 State Route 9 | Mackinaw | IL | 61755
25 artist’s booths will be in the new pavilion and the festival will be held rain or shine.
Local car clubs have been invited to display their vehicles.
Wine tasting will be available all day.
The Catering Company will provide food concessions
Ropp Cheese will be serving samples and selling.
Greg Williams will be performing throughout the day.
There will be the sidewalk chalk drawing area for kids and free face painting too.
I am glad that I began this ring two weeks ago because I have been down with the flu for a few days. Here is my third ring for the ring a week flickr group. It was constructed entirely from copper clay. The band is scallopped and has a vine with leaves and tiny balls adorning it. The central item is a large heavily textured leaf shape. This ring is minimally finished. I buffed off the somewhat strange colored kiln patina using a fine buffing wheel on my dremel. The patina was sort of a dark purple. The effect is not a lot different than a liver of sulfur patina so I will leave it. I am still thinking about making it a little shinier. I may live with it here on my desk for a few days to decide. This ring was a learning experience with lot’s of joining and reinforcing. I am very pleased with the result. I would make another all copper ring this way again. This ring also confirms my changes to my firing plan for copper.
I have finally succeeded where once I mostly failed. I have fired a copper clay ring with a very thick double heart and an added thickener underneath where I embedded the heavy copper wire shank. The whole thing is properly sintered and I only fired it once! I am so excited to have this working. If the next copper ring fires correctly first try I will feel confident that the changes I made to my firing method are the reason. I have a bit more finishing work to do before I can shoot photos of the heart ring. I should be posting eye candy today or tomorrow at the latest.
This weekend, August 14th and 15th from 10am to 5pm both days is the Washington Fine Arts Festival. I am so busy finishing up some lovelies! Please plan on coming out to see over 100 artists at Washington Park.
I will be at Junction City Mall on the boardwalk from 4 to 8 pm tonight. I miss my camera! I made these really great copper and bronze earrings with hand lampworked glass beads, some with raku. Colorful and summery. Come see them at Junction City tonight!