Woodworking Knowledge #3: Etching Brasswork from Using Photocopies of Anything!

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Blog entry by flink posted 04-25-2008 03:14 PM 2184 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi There!

I for one, really like the way brass looks with a rich background of mahogany or dark oak. I also love engraved brasswork.

This morning as I drank my morning six-pack of diet coke, I was checking my regulars and came across a link to a person who does steampunk stuff and had a procedure to do brass etchings of anything you can photocopy. It’s relatively simple, and can be done with materials you can get at the borgs.

Below is the photocopy “negative” (left) used to create the etched image:

Etched Brass

For those that aren’t familiar with steampunk, it is a psuedo-victorian style based on a culture that uses steam, rather than electricity, to do everything. And, here’s the cool part, steampunk uses plenty of wood and brass!

So enough of my rambling. Cruise on over to Jake von Slatt’s Steampunk Workshop and check out the etching process. Take look at some of the other projects, too!

-- Made lots of sawdust and pounded some nails. Haven't finished anything, though.

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#1 posted 04-25-2008 06:02 PM

thats just to cool, I have got to try this, My wife will love it also, she makes jewelery and I already can see her clogs turning. Thanks

-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio

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#2 posted 01-16-2010 11:52 PM

Thank you for the link. I have been just recently noticing Steampunk design and looking for ways that I can incorporate it into my work.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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