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Project by Joanne Sauvageau posted 12-02-2017 12:45 AM 1476 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a birch and copper bowl I created. I turned a green bowl which went oval as it dried. I cut it in half and cut a groove into it. I then drew a design on both sides of my copper with a regular sharpie and did a chemical etch using Ferric Chloride. I also made myself a new tip for my razortip pen and burned a basket weave design in the wood. I glued the formed copper into the grooves I cut earlier in the bowl halves. I finished of the piece with a wire weaved edge. Enjoy!

-- Joanne Sauvageau

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#1 posted 12-02-2017 01:06 AM

Awesome and very creative. Thanks for sharing with us.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#2 posted 12-02-2017 01:16 AM

Looks great can you tell us more about the chemical etching using Ferric Chloride ?

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#3 posted 12-02-2017 01:57 AM

That is really quite amazing. And yes anything you can share about the etching process would be appreciated.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 12-02-2017 02:04 AM

Way to save a bowl that didn’t cooperate! I love the copper insert. It converts it into a museum piece, from something more traditional. The etching process helps also. Way to go!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#5 posted 12-02-2017 02:25 AM

The etching procedure is like this:
1. Clean your copper of any finish that may be on it. Draw your design with a black sharpie keeping in mind that whatever is not drawn will be etched causing the black to be raised. You can also use a stamp to create your design with Jet Black Stazon ink pad. I used both for this design and a stencil.
2. After your design has dried thoroughly, place it in a plastic tray. The ferric chloride is very caustic so please use gloves and saftey glasses! Also make sure your piece is elevated a little by using foam pads in the corners to suspend your copper piece. Then pour enough ferric chloride over all and cover your piece. Etching action time is shortened by swishing the dish a little, careful not to splash.
3.Time will vary between 10 minutes and 1/2 hour to etch.Check every 10 minutes until you get the desired result.
4. Then rinse off your copper( not in a sink) and chemical can be used several times, so I pour it back in the bottle.
5. If any sharpie is left showing, lightly scrub with a soft steel wool. Once you’ve shined it up, you can apply a Liver of Sulphur treatment to antique it.
6. Ferric chloride can be purchased at any electrical supply store. Used to etch computer boards.

-- Joanne Sauvageau

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#6 posted 12-02-2017 02:41 AM

That looks quite unique, a lot of very careful work went into it, nice job Joanne.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#7 posted 12-02-2017 03:12 AM

Wow! That’s really beautiful! From rotten fruit to ambrosia. You took something that went south and made it into art. Nice work!

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#8 posted 12-02-2017 12:20 PM

You did a wonderful job on this peace and it shows a lot of creativity and craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#9 posted 12-02-2017 11:26 PM

you are a source of inspiration, you actually did that gorgeous design on the copper, I wondered about it on facebook, now I see how you did it. You have so many idea’s that involve decorating wood, it must be a second life. The burning on the bowl really looks great in this picture.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#10 posted 12-03-2017 01:24 AM

Thanks for all the compliments! I think I’ll keep making “stuff” lol

-- Joanne Sauvageau

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#11 posted 12-03-2017 04:31 AM

Great rescue!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#12 posted 12-03-2017 09:23 AM

Lovely piece of art Joanne. Congratulations on the Daily Top 3.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#13 posted 12-04-2017 02:27 AM

Thanks Joanne for the extra explanation of your process.

-- Galootish log blog,

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