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Old 01-02-2018, 10:18 PM   #1
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My wife got a cricut for Christmas and I took the opportunity to update my old zippo lighter. She cut out a stencil for me and I used a old 12volt toy charger and a salt water solution to etch through the coating down to the brass
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Old 01-03-2018, 12:11 AM   #2
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We need info on the process. Sounds pretty neat.

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Old 01-03-2018, 12:23 AM   #3
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Old 01-03-2018, 01:16 AM   #4
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Took an old 12 volt charger that was laying around the garage from one of my kids old ride on toys cut the end off put alligator clips on the both wires.

Make a salt water solution

ground the positive to the work piece

Dip a q-tip into the solution and clip the negative to the q-tip. Make sure it is contacting the solution and press over the stencil. You will see the q-tip yellow as the reaction occurs. It will take some time make sure you are consistent on pressure and time along the work piece.

This is the first I have done and definitely learned a lot. Some good you tube videos out there
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Old 01-03-2018, 07:33 AM   #5
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You got that much detail using a Q tip?

That is impressive in itself
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Old 01-03-2018, 07:44 AM   #6
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The detail came from the stencil. Wife cut one out of vinyl that covered the entire surface except the image to be etched.
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Old 01-03-2018, 08:04 AM   #7
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I wonder if this could be done on a high carbon steel knife blade?
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Very cool
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Old 01-03-2018, 10:00 AM   #9
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Took an old 12 volt charger that was laying around the garage from one of my kids old ride on toys cut the end off put alligator clips on the both wires.

Make a salt water solution

ground the positive to the work piece

Dip a q-tip into the solution and clip the negative to the q-tip. Make sure it is contacting the solution and press over the stencil. You will see the q-tip yellow as the reaction occurs. It will take some time make sure you are consistent on pressure and time along the work piece.

This is the first I have done and definitely learned a lot. Some good you tube videos out there
Thanks. That's pretty neat.

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Old 01-03-2018, 10:04 AM   #10
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Looks good.
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Old 01-03-2018, 10:07 AM   #11
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I wonder if this could be done on a high carbon steel knife blade?

That is how logos are put on them
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Old 01-03-2018, 10:35 AM   #12
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Nice!
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Old 01-03-2018, 11:03 AM   #13
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That is how logos are put on them
I might have to try it.
Just need to figure a way to protect the rest of the blade. Maybe cover with clear nail polish?
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Old 01-03-2018, 11:55 AM   #14
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I might have to try it.
Just need to figure a way to protect the rest of the blade. Maybe cover with clear nail polish?
That does work. Plenty of utubes on it
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Old 01-03-2018, 12:00 PM   #15
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sweet! Girlfriend has a silhouette cameo that unfortunately I know how to work very well. I may have to try this!
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Old 01-03-2018, 01:35 PM   #16
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Use melted wax to cover the metal. then use a needle stuck in a mechanical pencil (eye of the needle sticking out of the pencil to "carve" your name, initial, logo, pictures....etc. When done melt off the wax and clean and oil the blade. The wax protects where you dont want etched so you dont have to be precise with the qtip. Its a very simple process. It even works on tool steels that are hard to engrave. Plus the wax will let you remelt if you mess up and try again.
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Old 01-03-2018, 09:06 PM   #17
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I might have to try it.
Just need to figure a way to protect the rest of the blade. Maybe cover with clear nail polish?
This is how I put my mark on my blades. My wife bought me a sheet of stencils with my logo cut (it has probably 300 stencils on it). I put the stencil on the blade and cover the surrounding area with painters tape. Use the salt water and q-tip with a 12 volt battery charger. Takes longer to put the stencil in place and tape than it does to etch the logo into stainless steel.
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Old 01-04-2018, 04:04 AM   #18
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You guys that have done this, post pics please.
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Old 01-04-2018, 07:08 AM   #19
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This is how they put our employee numbers on our tools at work.
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Old 01-05-2018, 10:50 AM   #20
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That is pretty neat.
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Old 01-05-2018, 11:14 AM   #21
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sweet! Girlfriend has a silhouette cameo that unfortunately I know how to work very well. I may have to try this!
I know how to use my wifes silhouette better than she does. Kinda scary, but I've made and helped her make a lot of money with it. If you can think of it, you can make it. I've etched a few metal things such as yeti cups and the like.
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Old 01-05-2018, 11:15 AM   #22
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You guys that have done this, post pics please.
search metal etching on youtube. Theres tons of videos. I have done it before, but not sure I have any pictures.
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Old 01-05-2018, 11:17 AM   #23
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Low quality pic but found one.
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Old 01-05-2018, 11:19 AM   #24
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https://www.facebook.com/amber.hilli...0207190&type=3

Not sure if you can see this album, but here is SOME of the stuff you can do/make when you learn how to use it.
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Old 01-06-2018, 08:24 AM   #25
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