How To Etch Copper With Vinyl

Recently I’ve been interested in metal smithing and jewelry making. While researching different methods I learned some people use their Cricuts and Silhouettes as a tool in making etched jewelry. I was so excited to try it! I love finding new ways to use my cricut! 

I followed this awesome tutorial over on Rings and Things blog, except I used vinyl as a resist instead of Sharpie or toner transfers.

Here are some pictures of my process.

First I created my design then cut it out on my Cricut Explore and applied it to my copper.

First I created my design then cut it out on my Cricut Explore and applied it to my copper.

Next I submerged it in the ferric chloride using packing tape to suspend it in the chemical.

Next I submerged it in the ferric chloride using packing tape to suspend it in the chemical.

Once it was done and I cleaned it up I applied metal paint to the inside design with the vinyl still on and let it dry.

Once it was done and I cleaned it up I applied metal paint to the inside design with the vinyl still on and let it dry.

And here it is all clean up and formed!

And here it is all clean up and formed!

I'm IN LOVE with this process and can't wait to make more beautiful things! If you've made jewelry with your Cricut I'd love to see it! Just tag me on Instagram at @MeanRightHookDesigns

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