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Old 02-20-2007, 10:53 PM
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Default Re: etching, start to finish

My mother taught me how to etch when I was about ten years old.
Cronite has good products. Ferric chloride is good. There are a number of nitric/hydrochloric mixes that work well.
Remember, they are all hazardous.
These methods I came up with by trial and error. I asked a lot of questions of older engravers, Bob Swartley helped me, Frank Hendricks had a lot of ideas about etching. I think he learned a lot studying Ken Hunt engraved Purdeys he saw in Texas.
There is a lot more to it than shown here.
The etchants and grounds are secret recipes, hehe, but I have some articles written and under submission to the "Glossies".
I can't let the cat completely out of the bag yet.
Most of what I know about recipes came from listening to Ken and Marcus. They have many years experience with this subject.

"Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg, and howlet's wing,--
William Shakespeare
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