More etching madness!!!

I’m having so much fun experimenting with etching,  I know I’m (temporarily) obsessed.   But, I always become obsessed with every new thing I learn.

This time I’m collaborating with my daughter, Sam (of . who can create amazing line drawings.  Sam drew 14 images, some on 1/2″, 24ga copper blanks,  which I then etched, oxidized and all the rest.

Sam's art, my etching

Sam’s art, my etching

Sam's drawing of our dog - Balto inked in

Sam’s drawing of our dog – Balto inked in

Balto etched in

Balto etched in

This is giving me lots of practice.  I’m even coloring the etched images with Gilders’ Paste and color pencils!!!

My Cancer the Crab personalized pendant

My Cancer the Crab personalized pendant

I’m thinking of all the other things I can combine with etching……

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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17 Responses to More etching madness!!!

  1. I am totally in awe! What a fabulous collaboration with such glorious results! Look flrward to seeing more creations (:

    • zoraidabros says:

      Thanks so much Catherine ! I’ve been wanting to do something with Sam for a long time but she is just now beginning to do jewelry type things. I thought she could make some fabulous Polymer clay beads but she wasn’t interested. The etching did motivate her though 🙂

      • You can make alot more than just beads with polymer clay, you can get some really cool recipes for some really cool things when you look on the web under polymer clay, you might be surprised.

  2. Donna Geurin says:

    Absolutely amazing. I love them.

  3. I love all of your creations, they are all so beautiful. You would have laughed all afternoon on Friday when I was trying to put a 6mm swarovski bead between the decorative post and the dangly part of my earing that I had made using polymer clay. Yes, it took me all afternoon practally because I am so picky and I kept cutting the wire to short but I finally did it!
    Well, anyway, your art is really beautiful, I mean all of it .

  4. Barb Colberg says:

    Well Zoraida, once again you’ve outdone yourself. The collaboration between you and Sam is magic!! How do you seal in the colored pencils to keep them from rubbing off? I’m an artist as well and have quite a collection of colored pencils.LOL!

  5. zoraidabros says:

    Thanks Barb! I used Krylon Gloss spray, let it dry, added more color between layers of Krylon. It actually got deeper in color with each layer. I kept going after this pic.

  6. zoraidabros says:

    You’re so right Judy, I’m not surprised about the things one can do with Polymer Clay. I’ve seen some incredible works of art online and even started a board on Pinterest just for polymer clay. The only limit is imagination.

  7. pcjeweller says:

    Amazing creation …. i love it ..

    buy gold jewellery online

  8. Deniseinark says:

    Your blog has totally inspired me to move on to another step in jewelry making. Etching looked like something I could figure out, but now I am chomping at the bit to try it. I came to your blog after a friend sent me a pin of your rustic cross, and now I am nearly through all of the posts. You are amazing and inspirational. I have no art training at all, just stuff from here and there and You Tube, then pick and play and try to figure it out.

    It can get discouraging-so many people out there with genuine talent and credentials to boot. But thank you for sounding like a real person, and helping those like me feel like “figuring it out” is legitimate, even without formal education or credentials.

    Do you mind sharing the details of the coloring? I’ve never heard of any of those products, (except the Krylon, LOL). I wind up “painting” a lot of things with nail polish.

    • zoraidabros says:

      Thanks for the wonderful compliments Denise! I’m all for figuring it out but sometimes a short cut is helpful (like a tutorial, books) I have a collection of books on jewelry and learn a lot of techniques that way. I’ve never taken formal classes and learn better on my own. As for the coloring, I usually just use liver of sulfur which is easy to get and use. In this post I experimented with color pencils (Prismacolor) and black sharpie pen. The sharpie will run if you try to spray it with a lacquer though. Nail polish works but I suggest you spray it with Krylon gloss fixative afterwards.
      Thanks again and feel free to ask me anything.

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