Brass and Copper “Serenity” Jewelry

Acid-etched, hammered and polished brass features the Chinese symbols for “serenity,” riveted to copper. Each is unique due to the creation process, or variations in form, size, metals, number of rivets, etc. I made acid-etched items for many years, but due to my busy schedule and the lengthy process required, I am not currently making them nor taking commissions at this time.



I draw by hand the Chinese symbols on a metal disk with a fine-tipped permanent marker. The disk is submerged in a solution of ferric chloride, which etches away anything not covered by ink. After an hour or two (depending on the strength of the acid) I remove the disk and neutralize the acid with baking soda.

The disk is rinsed, sanded, and then domed by hand using a ball-peen hammer and small anvil. I apply silver black, an oxidizing agent. This “ages” and enhances the etched image. Then I rinse, sand and polish the disks again, and punch a hole for the jump ring.

From start to finish, the process takes several hours.

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