My First Copper Etching

Yoshino immortalized in copper

Yoshino immortalized in copper

I’ve been wanting to try etching on copper for a while so I ordered some Ferric Chloride, got some rubber gloves and baking soda and finally tried it.  I already had some 24ga copper sheet and packing tape.

I didn’t know what I wanted to draw on my sheet but finally decided to try an image of a character from my daughters’ original manga (Japanese graphic novel) series, Ronin Yoshino.  Yoshino is a female Samurai and the series revolves around her adventures.

The cover of Ronin Yoshino Volume 1

The cover of Ronin Yoshino Volume 1

I’m better at drawing portraits than other things, so this was a good choice although it wasn’t easy drawing in Sam’s (my daughter) style.  I’m accustomed to color pencils and pastels but I wanted to create the portrait as close to the original as possible or risk offending Sam.

My rendition of Yoshino on the copper sheet

My rendition of Yoshino on the copper sheet

I probably left it in the solution a bit too long and it could have been neater, but overall I think it came out OK.  In any case, Sam loved it.


About zoraidabros

I'm Zoraida and I design and create handmade, one of a kind jewelry. My work is inspired by the art of ancient world cultures that have endured the shifting trends of fashion. I prefer to work in copper and semi precious gemstones but also appreciate fine lamp work beads, wood and other artistically crafted materials. Please visit my studio at and my website at
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13 Responses to My First Copper Etching

  1. I think it’s stunning, Zoraida! And your first piece. Can see why Sam loves it – lucky her! Look forward to seeing more of your etching. Peace and joy . . . Catherine

  2. I think it came out great. It looks like a lot of fun to make, and so many possibilities.

  3. Diane Smith says:

    AWESOME! And to think this was just your first try! Wow! You never cease to amaze!

  4. zoraidabros says:

    Thanks Diane! I can’t wait to do some more 🙂

  5. Barb Colberg says:

    Very nice Zoraida!! I’ve been wanting to etch for a long time. I have all of the materials and now you’ve given me the inspiration. Thank you.

    • zoraidabros says:

      Thank you, Barb! I tend to hesitate too long before trying something new. Afterwards, I wonder why I just didn’t jump in. I waste more time that way!

      • Barb Colberg says:

        Procrastination is my middle name!!!! I could probably get more done if I just jump in and do it. Now that I’m older I’d better change my habits; time waits for no one!!!

  6. Wow! You can draw portraits! I love your rendition, the simple line drawing says it all. Fantastic first attempt. Certainly wouldn’t know it was your first time etching.

  7. zoraidabros says:

    Thanks so much, Cynthia ! Portraits are actually what I do best (or used to do). I haven’t done any in a while but who knows, maybe I’ll get back into it. My daughter is a master at line drawing. I tend to work slowly, meticulously and overwork things. She just whips out her illustrations in seconds with just a few lines. Wish I could do that!

  8. Crystal says:

    Just found your site and am so glad I did!! Great job on this and your following etching work! I do have a question. How do I learn how to do this? Lol

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