Plug holes in Brass Shell Casings Prior to Etching
(Note: This tutorial is for information on etching tube shapes, and assumes you have also read one of the many others available for basic etching information. Not all etching details are included here.)Part1, Part2, Part3A, Part 3B, Part 3C, Update from Esprit Mystique on Jewelry Making Journal
Another excellent tutorial found on Pinterest: Debra Read Etching Tutorial
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Other online tutorials are out there.
- Bamboo skewers
- Dense foam, sliced to 3/8” thick
- Wood dowel the diameter of shell openings, or slightly larger
Toothpicks work if the hole from removing the blasting cap isn't too big, but I've found that a piece of bamboo cooking skewer works better. (You only need a short piece, so cut it off, then resharpen a point in an electric pencil sharpener and you are ready to plug another one.)
The other end has a larger opening, which may be plugged with a piece of wood dowel that fits snugly, or try cutting plugs from dense foam. (I save the foam blocks from having my carpets cleaned, then slice them into 3/8" pieces with a serrated knife. Cut like a cookie - do this BEFORE applying ink or Sharpie resists, or you risk rubbing off your art.)
If you cut a foam plug that is too small, it can easily slide up into the casing. Now you need those narrower toothpicks - they can poke through from the end and help remove the foam.
Adding Resist to Brass or Copper Tubes.