Super Simple Copper Etching — Sylvia’s Mini Maker Show


Did you ever want to upgrade your bread-boarded circuits to something more permanent? Or maybe you’ve got a hankering to make your own metal Jelwery? Today Sylvia will show you how you can do both with super simple copper etching. More info: http://wp.me/p1CIX9-tbq

Super Simple Copper Etching – Sylvia’s Mini Maker Show

By Super Awesome Sylvia and her dad, James

Did you ever want to upgrade your bread-boarded circuits to something more permanent? Or maybe you’ve got a hankering to make your own metal jewelry? Today we’ll show you how you can do both. With super simple copper etching. Lets go!

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For this coppertastic build,  we’ll need:

  • Eye protection and gloves (rubber/latex/nitrile, any kind will do)
  • Ferric chloride etchant (Found at some electronics stores, or online)
  • Regular printer paper
  • Printable plastic film or really thin glossy magazine pages, and access to a laser printer or copier
  • A clothes iron
  • Some fine steel wool
  • and finally, some paper towels (it gets messy!)

For making jewelry, we’ll also need:

  • Some solid pieces of copper or brass (found at fancy art stores)
  • and a plastic or glass container than can fit your piece to be etched

For circuit boards, instead we’ll need:

First things first, we need an image. What are we putting on our copper? If you’ve got a circuit design ready in your cad software, export a high resolution monochrome image of just the traces you want, or a high contrast piece of art for your jewelry, carefully print your design out on plastic or magazine paper.

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