View Full Version : Etching at Home - Query

02-20-2005, 09:54 AM
Our art center doesn't do etchings and I'd like to do some again but have a septic system and am limited in what I can pour into it.

For those of you who use traditional etching methods, are any of you working out of your homes?

How do you set up?

What methods are you using? Are you using salt solution + copper plates or do you use acid etc?

What do you do for disposal?

Any tips, traditional or not?

Much thanks in advance, and I apologize if I haven't found a thread on this topic yet, I am not through the 5 or so years of posts here!

02-20-2005, 10:26 PM
Before this dies away I shall post a guess - I guess no one etches at home? At least the old fashioned way? Sigh!

Diane Cutter
02-21-2005, 06:13 AM
Frankly, I was hoping one of the lurkers would speak up. For myself, I have wanted to do this but had the same dilemna as you, so branched out into solar plates and linocuts. I've got a couple of links that might give you some answers:


02-21-2005, 08:53 AM
I had also hoped that perhaps someone who was into the non-toxic methods would jump in here... I have done a LOT of research into alternatives to acid etching, since i want to try more intaglio but up until this week didn't have a studio space, other than my own home studio, to do such work in- And I really didnt want to start using acids at home...

The book, The Contemporary printmaker (http://www.waterbasedinks.com/keithbook.html), by keith howard, has a lot of info on 'safer' printmaking, including alternatives to using acids for etching (ferric chloride is used instead)...


02-21-2005, 01:52 PM
I have been looking into etching at home as well. This site is pretty good, they even tell you what you need to buy. This is all non toxic methods.


If you want to use traditional methods, when you order chemicals, it tells you how to dispose of it safely on the container.

02-21-2005, 09:15 PM
Thanks for the site, Deborah - now I have to get my printer working so I can take the plans to someone who can help me build the darn thing!