So I have been churning out some kind of mundane sabers of late for use at tools for my saber classes, and have been in a funk for designing anything of late. Here are a few examples.
Thankfully for an auction item for my sons school, I decided to donate a saber and one of interns had just started playing with electro etching. Which then yielded this. This helped me perk up a bit.-
I then, thanks to thexter for the idea to try the idea and ARKM (for the tutorial)
I decided to give salt water etching a shot. This one is all free hand as proof of concept, but I'll turn it into a saber or something. It turned out pretty well. Next time, I'll use illustrator and the vinyl cutter.
I'll post stuff in here again when I update it. I have a little more work I want to try on it.
I used a vinyl cutter to make the mask submerged the hilts and did a positive and negative of the etch.
Here are the results. Overall, the acid didn't quite do it for me using the vinyl method, though using the vinyl as a resist worked spot on well in the initial attempt. I'm going to give it the go with vinyl cut + salt water. The blue pnp paper + acid).
It did give the sabers an old weathered look that I kind of like in the one on the right, as if the engraving has been worn away over time. I might try some other things on that one too. The one on the right... meh
profezzorn: hey ARKM, did you ever write a that tutorial on the toner transfer method?
Jun 23, 2017 15:50:15 GMT -5
ARKM: *waves hand* "I'm not the slacker you're looking for"
Jun 23, 2017 16:24:16 GMT -5
ARKM: Sadly no. Well, that's not entirely true. I did finish writing it but did not perform the steps and take pics of said steps.
Jun 23, 2017 16:26:30 GMT -5
ARKM: So it's like "Step 5: Using the high temperature temp, tape the paper with the design on it onto the metal part to be etched."
Jun 23, 2017 16:26:53 GMT -5
ARKM: ... but there's no Pic 4.
Jun 23, 2017 16:27:10 GMT -5
profezzorn: from other things I've read it's just PNP blue with some heat and pressure applied, right?
Jun 23, 2017 16:37:26 GMT -5
ARKM: Some use that. I could not get successful results with it but others have.
Jun 23, 2017 16:47:16 GMT -5
profezzorn: so what do you use?
Jun 23, 2017 16:47:36 GMT -5
ARKM: I personally use glossy magazine pages. I just rip a page out of a magazine and put it in the printer. The pages have to be the right thickness for the printer though. Too thin and they rip in the printer.
Jun 23, 2017 16:47:42 GMT -5