Kitchen Sink Print Labs ‘Electro-Etching’

Date & time: 27/02/2020 from 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tutor: John Wallett
All levels welcome from beginner to advanced
All equipment and basic materials are provided.
Silver for sessions 2/3 must be ordered separately.
Details & prices at first session or email us...

Tea and coffee are provided at all workshops

Cost: £30

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Event Details

Here are a few inspirational images of Electro-Etching work from printmakers, craft makers and jewellers to give you an idea of what’s possible:

Please note change of pricing. All our ‘Kitchen Sink’ sessions are now reduced to £30! NB If you can’t make Tomorrow’s ‘Electro-Etching’ session there’s a repeat of it same time next Thursday (March 5th).

In the first three ‘Kitchen Sink’ sessions we start to explore an exciting area of work at the intersection of experimental print, home science tech, fine-art jewellery and metal-smithing: Electro-etching and metal shaping/decorating. This mini-series should appeal not only to artists and printmakers who want to explore new and more eco-friendly ways to make metal printing plates but also to jewellers and craft makers who want to shape and decorate medals, badges, brooches or tags, and to craft enthusiasts and home hobbyists who would like to apply these amazing techniques to decorate finished metal objects like specialist hand-made knives or custom bike parts.

Electro-etching techniques have in fact been used in mainstream printing and metal-forming since Victorian days and these have once again become news as they provide a way to use non-toxic and environmentally friendly processes to do clean etching on almost any metal surface using safe DC electric current and non-toxic chemical electrolytes like salt water.

Session 1: Introduction to Electro-Etching (Feb 27th)

The first session tonight introduces the practice and principles of metal etching and in particular the use of ultra-simple battery or other low-voltage DC power to etch designs, images and textures into the surface of metals like Copper, Aluminium or Steel with the minimum of fuss. The session will start with a quick practical and then look a bit more at the how’s and why’s of using electricity instead of chemicals to etch metals. By the end of the evening you should take away with you two or three small experimental etched metal squares, disks or other shaped plates that demonstrate some of the infinite possibilities that this technique offers.

We will also be inviting you to test out a couple of our prototype ‘Metal Etching in a Coffee Mug’ kits that you can take away with you to continue playing at home, workshop or studio.

PS Further Explorations…
If you would like to explore the amazing possibilities of electro-etching further then please get in touch right away. We are keen to go deeper into this very exciting subject by arranging some more advanced custom courses and by setting up a small workshop development group. Get in touch and let’s talk electro! or call/text John Wallett on 07757 305 327


Follow-on Sessions:

Session 2: Metal Shaping and Decoration (March 12th)

For the second session in this mini-series we are very excited to be working with the jeweller and designer Sara Barker. Sara will be taking us through ways to cut and prepare a variety of shapes and forms in different metals that might range from silver jewellery or copper brooches and decorated medals to reinterpreted common household objects (like knives, forks or spoons, even tin plates or oven trays…) which can be further worked on in the final session on March 26th.

Session 3: Shaping, Immersive and Contact Etching (March 26th)

In the third session we will bring together our experiments using a variety of metals, shaping and etching processes to produce some finished pieces and proofs: traditional printing plates, pieces of finely decorated jewellery, custom medals and other etched objects which display mini-stories or emblematic images. We will also set aside some time to review and share what we have learned and see if there is interest in taking any of these technical and creative processes further through more intensive workshop groups or specialist courses.

Booking and payment

We have now dropped the price of these intro sessions to bring them in line with our other courses, so the majority of our Thursday ‘Kitchen Sink’ Sessions will now be at the reduced price of just £30 (if you have already booked and paid at the higher rate then please check with us about a refund or future credit) For more details about this session or the whole series please email us now.

New Option: Payment by Bank Transfer
If you can pay by Bank Transfer the same day as you book then please do! We will hold your booking as ‘Pending’ and as soon as we receive your transfer we will confirm your booking as ‘Approved’. Bank transfers are great news as you pay exactly the same about but we don’t lose the online transfer fee that we would otherwise pay to ‘Stripe’… so everybody wins! email if you need any clarification

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