View Full Version : an etching in aluminum...

02-26-2002, 12:45 AM
one of my little ones...2" x 3"



i like to use the aluminum for small editions which i know will be completely etched, with no drypoint, because the mordant is easy to prepare. a year ago i started experimenting with using spray paint for aluminum aquatint type stuff. it works good.


02-26-2002, 01:04 AM
That's beautiful!
Looks hard -- working that small!

Do you use the stannous choride for aluminum, or do you have some special sauce? ;)
I have some , but haven't tried it yet. I have to get work for a March show and a mural done, before I can play with the etching anymore. :(


02-26-2002, 08:25 AM
I have wondered about etching aluminum also. I have always done drypoint on it. Please tell us what chemical you use to do the etching. If it is ferric, would using it with copper also compromise the strength or otherwise taint the acid?

02-26-2002, 06:04 PM
FYI, Nik Semenoff has an article on ton-toxic etching mordant for aluminum and zinc at http://duke.usask.ca/~semenoff/ :)