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Can I etch silver using salt? Answered

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squeekysqueeks
squeekysqueeks

Answer 11 years ago

Excellent!  Many thanks.

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Hiyadudez
Hiyadudez

Answer 11 years ago

Best answer?

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RavingMadStudios
RavingMadStudios

11 years ago

No, regular table salt (NaCl) will not etch silver at all. The best you could possibly hope for would be a microscopically thin layer of Silver Chloride on your etch lines, which would prevent any further etching. Even that's not terribly likely.
Your best bet for safely etching silver is Ferric Nitrate. Here's a supplier (US and Canada only).

http://secure.sciencecompany.com/Ferric-Nitrate-125g-P6384C670.aspx

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squeekysqueeks
squeekysqueeks

Answer 11 years ago

Thank you so much but unfortunately I'm in the Uk :o)

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lemonie
lemonie

11 years ago

I think not. Silver is one of those metals that's quite resistant to corrosion.
What do you want - surface patterning or etched right through?

L

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squeekysqueeks
squeekysqueeks

Answer 11 years ago

Surface etching - but I was wanting to avoid using acid.  Thanks for your response though.