- trialling etching of letters and leaves on heavy gauge aluminium for some panels for posts I'm working on;
- finishing the first design-assemblage phase of another series of Steampunk Lamps I'm working on; and
- finishing the Daily Leaf Words and Daily Words sets I started a couple of weeks ago.
|©2015 Fiona Dempster - Etched plate showing shellac as the resist.|
The leaves and letters turned out OK given I was using corroded old aluminium sheet for the trial. I think it will work well on new metal; and if I give it more time in the solution to bite deeper - good lessons learnt. The panels are going to be about 1.2m long and 100mm wide - the metal I tested the process on is 100mm wide.
|©2015 Fiona Dempster - Plate with etching reaction - pretty grungy?|
|©2015 Fiona Dempster - Etching grunge cleaned off in water|
|©2015 Barry Smith - Shellac resist removed - revealing the etched leaf|
|©2015 Barry Smith - Shellac resist removed - revealing the etched letter|
|©2015 Barry Smith - Five assemblages on the workbench - quite a bit of grinding and polishing to be done.|
|©2015 Barry Smith - Second round of hammering completed on 10 bowls|
|©2015 Barry Smith - Third round of hammering completed; and grinding and polishing done|
|©2015 Barry Smith - Daily Leaf Words set - bowl and word leaves|