Instructables

Etch-a-badge

This is an instructable about etching brass with electricity to make a badge. It is a well-known process and very easy to achieve.
It is based on the process explained in http://www.greenart.info/galvetch/contfram.htm and http://steampunkworkshop.com/electroetch.shtml.
Lots of information and very well detailed. I also want to enter in a contest of a famous webpage among hackers (wink, wink) and plan to have a workshop based on this.
 
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Step 1: Warning

Just a few friendly reminders :
The chemicals used, altough not dangerous , can be toxic to certain level.
Be respectful with electricity. She makes  no friends.
Metal edges can be point and sharp, do not mess with them.

Step 2: Materials

- Power supply (Car batery, psu from a computer, batery charger, ¿solar panel anyone?)
- Metalic salt (copper sulfate works, but also a mixture of vinegar, water and table salt)
- Metal bar or mesh (as counter electrode)
- Magazine paper (glossy paper)
-  Plastic container
- Iron
- Brass plate
- Laser printer (and only a laser printer, not inkjet  nor gutenberg´s printer)
- electric wire and tape
- Tin
- A paper clip
- Pliers

Step 3: Select and edit image

As a very well versed person of the XXI century I have several editing softwares to make and modify a picture. You might decide yourself among free software like the gimp (http://www.gimp.org) or inkscape (http://inkscape.org/) which are very good software but I chose... MSPaint, quick and dirty , yaaaaiiiii. 
Your image will have to be in blck and white (old style, old technique, oh well) and reversed, because when you iron it on the brass it will flip, like when you read the image of a book in a mirror.
jduschletta9 months ago
I guess your swiss ;)
XLY (author)  jduschletta8 months ago
Well, I like the way you think, but guess again :P.