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Re: Linda's jewelry

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lindwood_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Mon May 19 2003 - 04:30:43 PDT


Yes, but they did not touch the actual etchant. They did everything
else, including sawing. I forgot to mention that after you put on the
paint pen, (don't forget the sides, it protects them from etchant), you
need to tape off the back to protect it. Then, add a piece of double
stick tape to the back of the protective tape that is on the back of the
piece. This double stick tape attaches the metal to a piece of
styrofoam that floats the metal face down in the etchant...like a little
pontoon boat. THe most I would do if you have no jewelry background is
etch on squares or rectangles that you order precut. We used 2x2
copper or brass squares for pins and 1.5x6 inch rectangles to make
bracelets and bookmarks. If you have a drill press or a center punch
and a dremel, you can drill holes, and go on with jump rings and dangly
stuff. Nice bookmarks that way. If you are making a bracelet you have
to have a bracelet mandrel and a rubber or rawhide mallet, and a vice.
(order a catalogue from RioGrande in Albequerque, www.riogrande.com)
Oh, and don't forget to use silicone glue for your pinbacks...it holds
best. If you put the pinbacks on vertically, they will also be able to
serve as a pendant by just running the cord through the pinback when
you want to . There are pinbacks available that have a loop on them
that more formally serve as a pendant or a pin, but they cost more.
Once, again, this is NOT my lesson plan, Judy!!! I am just trying to
answer some of the people who seem to know something about metals who
are sending me so many emails wanting to do this. Time is crazy, but
today I have my last two classes!!!!! I will get the real lesson plan
online this week, I promise. Major things to supervise closely in this
project....Etchant can really damage eyes, so must wear goggles, apron,
rubber gloves, don't splash or drip it...it stains like crazy. I did
the etchant with 6th graders, though they did everything else with the
styrofoam boat floats, metal prep, darkening, etc. Oh, and make sure you
use plastic or bamboo handle brushes in the darkener...metal brushes
contaminate the darkener and spoil it.

Linda

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