Etching Archive

Electrolytic Machining of Brass, a Clockwork Trilobite

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I have been having great success etching brass plate with a solution of copper sulfate and an electrical current.  The depth, quality, and speed of the etchings have been quite controllable and it seemed to me that I might be able to etch completely through a piece of brass.  This capability

Electrolytic Etching of Brass

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  Update: I'm often asked about the thickness, type, and source of brass I used for these journals.  I am very lucky to have a local place, Metal Source, were I buy most of my supplies.  I used 22 ga. (.025") brass and any alloy will do.  In a

A Clockwork Guitar, the Steampunk Stratocaster

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I have a Fender US Highway One series Stratocaster, which is a half decent guitar, but looks just like a million other Strats.  I had been planning to replace the pick guard with a black mother of pearl guard but my experiments in electrolytic etching made me think I'd

Toner Transfer Fuser

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July 26, 2013 It turned out the that motor on the fuser assembly was 24 VAC and I blew it right up with 110 VAC! But the heater is a 110 volt 1500 watt halogen bulb and a little rummaging through my junk box produced a 240 VAC solid