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Pleasant Dream Etched Barrette Tutorial
Created by: Rita Hutchinson
Cut your metal sheet to size and file the edges.
Clean with Penny Brite® Copper Cleaner and scrubby until water sheets off. Only handle by the edges from this point on.
Stamp your design once, cleanly, and lift the stamp straight off. Allow the ink to dry without disturbing further. If needed or desired, touch up the inked design with black or red Sharpie® marker.
Etch as directed following instructions in the kit.
File edges further if needed. Patina with Win-Ox™ and highlight with the sanding sponges.
Gently curve the etched piece with bracelet bending pliers. Do not form to the full arc of the pliers, just use them along the length to create a gentle arc. To solder properly, the pieces must meet with little (if any) gap.
Disassemble the barrette, coat the top with flux and add a layer of soft solder.
Use sanding sponge to remove oxidation from back of piece, flux, and use micro torch to sweat the soft solder to the barrette. When the piece is cool, clean thoroughly, and re-assemble the barrette.
Apply Renaissance® wax to front and back of copper. Buff with cloth once it is set.