Evening,It can be difficult to get the while stencil to transfer. I found the biggest issue was getting enough heat into the blade. Usually when I think it's transferred it needs about twice that time!The blue will turn quite dark to let you know it's bonded with the metal. I don't know about the printer side of things. I personally use a toner/laser printer at work and it works well.Recently I've moved to using vinyl cutout decals. The resolution isn't quite there but application is much easier. :D
Thanks!Different steels react differently to the acid. I do many (10 to 15) short baths and rinse cycles. I'll also use an old toothbrish to scrub off the slag.
I personally use vinyl decals now. The acid doesn't react and you get nice clean lines.
Apologies for the massive delay! :/Kind of... Photocopiers use the same toner as the printer. You could draw out your image then photocopy it onto the PnP.
Love it! Those are great patterns. What do you mean by Avery paper? Plain paper? Then use the acetone to release the toner to the blade?
Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment and let me know your thoughts on the tutorial!
No, you can't draw your own designs. You need to use a laser printer. What you can do is draw your design then use a photocopier to transfer it onto the PnP
Thanks for the comments. Some great tips and insight. Good to know it would work on aluminium. I'm finding that basically anything that can prevent the Ferric Chloride from contacting the metal will work as a mask.Have a great day!
I use the q-tip when I'm just doing stencils or detail etching. I do dips when I'm etching the whole blade. I repeat until I've obtained the desired etch. It depends on the steel I'm etching. I would say 5 to 10 times.
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Thanks for the question. I do a light sanding to remove some of the oxidation where the acid has eaten away at the metal. I have used it for food but sometime it's leaves a... Metallic taste on the food. You have better luck with an electro etch.
Thank you. It's been quite the process and I continue to try and refine it. Happy you enjoyed it!
The press-n-peel can be a frustrating product to use. It is very... temperamental when it comes to heat and the metal you're applying it to. how thick is the blade. The idea of the heat is to heat the metal so the stencil sticks to the metal. Not to melt the stencil to the blade. Well, now that you've sanded the blade... You can experiment with some stonewashing or different grit sanding. best of luck!