Tuesday, September 25, 2012

TaFuri Studios tries Acid.... etching...

I’ve fallen in love with etching metal. As a long time closet “artist” I’ve sketched my whole life and enjoy using photoshop and other design programs to scan and embellish my drawings. Although I’ve never thought of sharing this work- I can now add them to my jewelry! 

Photos and jewelry 
by Mary Tafuri, visit www.tafurious.etsy.com
Acid etching is a slow and somewhat daunting method of adding raised images to metal using acid etching solution. 

To make the sky map necklace shown, I scanned an old sky map and “re-drew” the lines and text in photoshop. I “printed” my drawing to  transfer paper, and carefully applied it to clean metal. 

After forgetting to reverse the image, I repeated the same steps for a more legible version. Next, I floated the metal in the acid bath, until I had the etching depth I desired. Adding several layers of patina gave me the aged metal feel I wanted. I finished it up using leather straps from www.tafuristudios.etsy.com. A little wire wrapping and an orange pearl, and this necklace became a show stopper. 

The process is lengthy, but after seeing the results, the time spent was well worth it. Since showing this work at RAW, I’ve been commissioned to create custom cuffs, like the Vidal cuff shown above right! See more Acid Etched TaFurious Jewelry! 

Tool Kits back in stock!

Our leather bracelet tool kit is BACK in stock! Our kit has everything you need to get started riveting and adding your art to leather. Use the hammer from your home tools to complete your total needs. Rivets can be purchased separately in assorted packs of black oxide, antique brass and nickel silver! 

Tool Kit includes:
Steel bench block
Rivets assortment
Small Riveting hammer
Leather hole punch
Scrap Leather for practice
Additional tools (not included): 
Large hammer 
Metal hole punch

HOW-TO Attach tags to leather:

1) Place pre-punched tag on cuff & mark rivet area. 
NOTE: If your tag has no rivet holes, use a metal hole punch of at least 2-3mm’s, to add holes to your metal. The "Euro tool" metal punch works well! 

2) Use the middle sized tube in your hole punch set to pound your leather holes. Use a wood or rubber block under your tools to prevent breaking your tubes.

3) Place the rivet "eyelet" (the long portion) through both holes. 
Add the cap to the rivet eyelet. 

4) Place your item on the bench block making sure your rivet is centered on the steel. 

5) Place your riveting hammer over the head of the rivet, then hit the end of your small hammer with a large hammer. 

~ One hard hit is better than several light taps.
~ Use a poundo or cutting board under your steel block to reduce noise and bounce.
~ Use a rubber or wood mat