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Old 08-14-2001, 12:40 PM
Michael Bennett
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Home brew electrolyte for etching?


Does anyone have formulas for electro-etching electrolytes that they'd like to share? I'm close to finishing a home made etcher and would like to try etching 1095. Also, any advice or tips?

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Mike
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Old 08-14-2001, 10:35 PM
KnifeWife
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You might try the guys on the neo-tribal forum...

I know thye've always got some "magic" brew recipe for something.
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Old 08-15-2001, 04:45 PM
Geno
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Are you asking about stencil etchings?
....or wax etchings?

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Old 08-16-2001, 02:28 PM
Michael Bennett
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stencils


Stencils. I could try wax with ferric chloride, I suppose. But I'm close to finishing an electroetcher.

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Mike
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Old 08-16-2001, 06:24 PM
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Re: stencils


Well, as far as homemade solutions; I've heard that a pinch of table salt in a cup of water will act as an electrolite. I have tried it just enough to see if it works...and it does. All I used at the time was a battery charger clipped to a que tip. Then I ordered a machine from Ron Claiborne, that works much better. Now I just order the etchant from Sheffield's Knifemaker Supply. A bottle is like $12. and will last virtually forever.

Steve
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Old 08-16-2001, 11:02 PM
Little Hen Knives
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Re: stencils


salt water...yup it works...it`s what i use with my battery charger gizmo..but I`m suremtheres better stuff out there
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Old 08-17-2001, 02:53 PM
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Re: stencils


KOSHER SALT, IODINE FREE, THE CANNING KIND. MIX 7 TO 8 TABLESPOONS TO 1 QT. BOILED WATER. YOU MAY HAVE TO VARY THE SALT ACCORDING TO AMOUNT OF VOLTAGE USED. HOPE THIS HELPS. LET US KNOW HOW IT WORKS OUT.
KEN (WWJD)
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Old 08-23-2001, 06:37 AM
Michael Bennett
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Thanks, all!


Stencil material should be in soon. I'll give it a whirl and let you know.

Mike
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