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Photoetching Using Photocopy Transfer
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Photoetching metal is simple AND FUN! Etching can be used for printing processes, as an artifact of art, or for roller print embellishment. It involves a mordant (acid) to etch an image onto metal and a resist to repel the mordant. A resist can take many forms: plastic, vinyl, marking pens, duct tape, nail polish, etc. As long as it resists the mordant, the procedure will work. This technique creates high resolution images, and intricate surrounding textures that give your pieces an organic quality.

With current photocopier, digital imaging and laser printer technologies you have more design flexibility. You can add text, reverse images, and control contrast. The photoetching process we describe below essentially uses the same techniques that printmakers employ. Except we use brass, copper, bronze and silver instead of zinc as printmakers do. This process also gives you the options of soldering and making cold connections.

Why use the photocopy transfer technique?

1. Inexpensive. Overhead transparencies are about $25 for 100 sheets.

2. Flexible. It doesn’t matter which side of the metal you use and it does not take any special equipment. There are other great options on the market such as Press-n-Peel Blue Transfer Film and DuPont ImagON™.

3. Easy. It can be done anywhere. You can even use this process at home.

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