Introduction: Etching With Salt Water and Electricity, Image Mask Using Paper

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There are several instructables for "etching with salt water and electricity", check them. My addition here is to share a technique to create the mask of the image to etch using paper and a laser or inkjet printer.

Full disclosure: I learned this technique reading this great page:

http://steampunkworkshop.com/etching-tins-salt-wat...

, PLEASE check it.

The key is to use the paper from magazines or inserts in newspapers, the ones with the shinny surface:

- print you image (horizontally flipped and as a negative) on this paper

- use an iron at top heat and a popsicle stick to make sure the ink from the printed image sticks into the can's surface

- soak the tin in warm water to soften the paper before taking it away.

- do the etching

- Optional: use paint thinner or nail polish thinner to remove the ink from the can. Keep the black ink if you think it adds art value to your creation.

Enjoy!


Comments

Very cool! I would love to see more pictures of the process though!

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