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Photo-etching Metal

Updated: May 8

Patinated copper sheet with etched bird design in silhouette
Photo-etched copper of birds. This is an etched copper original, (see right) and roller printed to make the reverse image.

In college, one of my metals-mithing assignments was to utilize photo-etching. It’s a process that I continue to love and teach and to continue exploring. I marvel at the serendipity of how metal etches, and the textures that is produced. One feature of etching is the ability to roller-print from the original etch, creating a book end effect. No two pieces ever look the same.

In an article from, I outline the entire process so anyone can discover etching on their own.

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