This weekend I returned to the technique to have fun with the ladies at the Palomar Gem & Mineral club. There were 6 of us most everyone etched copper with a salt solution since I think it was their first time etching.
I decided to etch sterling silver and because Annie is allergic to base metals she wanted to etch fine silver and that was what the two of us did with my power supply.
When I was at the club I etched the design in the second picture for myself on 18 gauge silver. I also did two pair of free form painted earrings. Annie was able to get several small designs etched which I gather she will work into other pieces of jewelry.
When I got home, I etched two more pieces of 18 gauge silver. One should have been some music but the notes and bars of the music were so fine that PnP resist would not work. It was then that I decided a paisley pattern would work wonderfully.
Since the shop elf had been an electronics tech and worked with circuit boards before, he never seen this done with silver he did enjoy seeing the etching up close.
After all of that I trimmed the silver, applied some patina; I domed the earrings and formed the cuffs.
And here we are. You know what comes next - Enjoy the pictures