Etching Guide

Things you should know about etching metal.

The most important part of the process of etching metal is the preparation of the photoplate.

The drawing must be properly dimensioned based on the metal and its thickness.  The drawing must be done using a vector graphics program. The printed drawing must be perfect – black must be totally black and white without spots.

You may download – free – one of the best etching guides that we have found.  It was made by   who ran the firm  Hollywood Foundary. He has since retired.  With his permission, you may download his guides.  We recommend STRONGLY that you do that before you get too deep into your project.


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