Lots of etching happening today. Presents for my family! A few years back I bought a "Kerr" family crest stamp. It features the Kerr motto: Sero Sed Serio, which translates as "Late But In Ernest". I believe it refers to a battle centuries ago where the Kerr warriors arrived late but enthusiastically joined in the fray. Fortunately, no battles today, thank goodness!
I took 18 gauge copper sheet and roughed it up a bit with a Scotch Brite pad. Then I stamped it with Stayz On black ink. After it dried well, I cut out sections and suspended them upside down in my little container of ferric chloride. Every 5 minutes or so I'd shake the container for a cleaner etch. I removed the copper and cleaned it up, cut out my shapes,and antiqued them in liver of sulfur. I'm also going to try a couple of other patinas: verdigris and ammonia-and-salt-water. Then I'll seal them, add jump rings, leather cord and take 'em as presents for my fellow Kerrs when we gather at the Pleasanton, CA Scottish Games on Labor Day weekend.
Here is some of my first attempts. I need to get to work! May y'all have a blessed weekend!