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.
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.
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.