Etching Silver Jewelry

Columbus Idea Foundry

Sunday, March 23, 2014
Columbus Idea Foundry 421 W State St ColumbusOH  43215
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Columbus Idea Foundry 421 W State St ColumbusOH  43215

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What's Included

Instructor: JD Davison Learn to make your own rings, bracelets and pendants using the etching techniques of medieval printmakers and modern PCB fabricators. This hands-on class will cover the full range of knowledge and skills required to etch designs on various metals. Attendees will leave the class with one etched pendant and the knowledge of how to make many more items, either at home or at the Columbus Idea Foundry. Class Breakdown: Lecture: 45 min., Lab: 2 hrs. During Lecture, students will - Learn the pros and cons of different chemicals for etching designs on copper, brass, aluminum, zinc and silver. Investigate various techniques for creating original designs on metal and best practices for producing high-quality, detailed patterns. Learn safety procedures and proper material handling. Familiarize themselves with the step-by-step fabrication process. During Lab, students will Sand and clean a 1-inch by 1-inch sheet of sterling silver in preparation for etching. Utilize the toner transfer method to apply a design of their choice to the sheet metal. Submerge the metal into a chemical bath and observe the etching process first hand. Inspect, clean and patina their choice of pendant. Students are encouraged to bring their own designs for analysis and to repeat the course to increase their skill level or to work on their own projects. It is recommended that students first take Etching Copper Jewelry to familiarize themselves with safety procedures and processes. Old clothes and/or a shop apron are recommended.

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The Columbus Idea Foundry is Ohio’s largest community workshop, maker space, and learning center.  We offer variety of conventional and high tech tools: wood shop, metal smithing and foundry, laser cutter & engraver, CNC ShopBot, electronics, jewelry, warm glass, photography, and more.

We are home to 20 in-house artists, artisans and small businesses, have a rich network of more than 150 members including 50+ entrepreneurs.

We teach classes, host special events and more. Conveniently located minutes from downtown and the Short North off I-71 and 5th Ave.  Learn more at or email

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