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Intro to Electrolytic Etching

Artisan's Asylum, Inc.

Sunday, August 4, 2013 from 11:30 AM to 6:00 PM (EDT)

Somerville, United States

Intro to Electrolytic Etching

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Put some art on your metal! In this short, workshop-format class you will get a crash course in the increasingly popular electrolytic, or galvanic, etching process. Electrolytic etching is a 19th century process for creating clean, beautiful etchings in metal plates through the use of electricity, without exposure to harmful fumes or caustic chemicals common to acid etching techniques! Electrolytic etching is also an environmentally friendly process, as there are no hazardous chemicals to dispose of. The electrolytic etching process can be used to create decorative objects in metal as an end result, to create plates for lithography, or for etching PCBs (process for homemade PCBs not covered in this class, just the etching). A limited number of steel and brass plates will be provided for practice, and are included in the materials cost. Additional plates may be purchased from the instructor if desired.

Class Goals:

Learn how to use different resist application methods, how to make a rudimentary electrolytic etching setup, how to make etchings in metal, how to operate a jump shear.



Materials Provided:

Brass and steel plates for etching, est $20 per student. Cost included in registration fee.

What to Bring:

Bring (or e-mail to teacher ahead of time) 2-4 image samples in digital format to be printed for image transfer method. Images should be black/white (no grayscale). Sharp, bold lines will etch better than soft or extremely fine lines.

Instructor Biography:

David Dowling is a professional large-scale metal fabricator and artist, Asylum member and instructor.

Event Time:

Sunday, August 4, 11:30am - 6pm (includes a break for lunch)


REFUNDS: We offer full refunds for any class cancellations more than three days in advance of the class start date. After that point refunds are contingent upon the Asylum being able to fill the seat. No refunds whatsoever are offered for same-day cancellations. To request a refund for a class, please fill out this form.

CANCELLATIONS: Your class may be cancelled if too few people register. A decision will be made a few days before the class is scheduled to run, and you will be notified of the cancellation and your registration refunded in full.

Have questions about Intro to Electrolytic Etching? Contact Artisan's Asylum, Inc.

When & Where

Artisan's Asylum
10 Tyler Street
Somerville, 02143

Sunday, August 4, 2013 from 11:30 AM to 6:00 PM (EDT)

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Artisan's Asylum, Inc.

Artisan's Asylum is a community fabrication and makerspace near Union Square, Somerville MA, that is dedicated to making creativity a way of life. It does this by maintaining a community workshop, training its members in the use of all of its professional-grade equipment, and hosting events promoting the learning and practicing of craft and creative expression.


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