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Metal Etching

Etching is a way of applying a pattern or design onto a metal surface by exposing it to an etchant, something which will rem... full details

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About this Workshop


Etching is a way of applying a pattern or design onto a metal surface by exposing it to an etchant, something which will remove the exposed metal and “cut” lines and shapes into its surface. Traditionally, one would use a mordant or acid; we will be using electricity!

Using household materials, we will be able to put patterns, designs or drawings onto the surface of a copper metal tag with the help of an electrical circuit.

Learners will apply different types of resist for different etching effects and use these techniques for self-determined etching after the workshop has concluded. Concepts of chemistry, electricity, art, and design will be implemented in a fun and engaging experience that can inform future independent activities!


What You'll Need

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Metal Etching GLOkit

Battery pack with clips, copper tag, 4 cotton rounds, paper clip, 5 stickers, 4-way buffer block.

GLOkit Included

Additional Supplies

Each Learner needs their own:

  • FRESH AA batteries x2
  • Paper plate/plastic wrap for plate
  • Permanent marker
  • Scissors

Learners can share:

  • Aluminum foil
  • Kosher/pickling salt
  • 2 cup measuring cup
  • Vinegar
  • Paper towels
  • Tape
  • Spoon/stir stick
  • Measuring spoons

Technical Requirements

You will need a device (computer or tablet) that is equipped with a camera, microphone, and speakers. For more information, please check out our Technical Requirements page.

Meet the Instructor

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Katie RedfordView Profile

I am Katie Redford, a U.S.-based artist in Wisconsin, best known for my metalwork and sculpture. I am inspired by everyday life. I enjoy disrupting the mundane through the use of familiar objects and materials to draw in the audience -  only to spoil their expectations, generally through some level of silliness. While sculpture has been the main format I work within, I have branched out into more narrative mediums, including illustration and comic books, all pertaining to world building, working through prosaic, and commonplace themes in a fantastical, extra terrestrial environment. 

I have been working with metal for 17 years and have experience with a wide range of materials and techniques. I practice the craft in my studio and teach both children and adults, from elementary level - including summer camps - to continuing education to non-traditional education at the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum. This training has informed my presentation strategies, allowing me to offer dynamic and engaging instruction that is entertaining and informative. 

I received a Master of Fine Arts from the State University of New York in New Paltz for metalsmithing and have frequently participated in national metalsmithing conferences and events since 2003.


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Workshop Reviews


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by Sandra on

The kids really enjoyed it. They did it at school on two different days. We partnered each learner with a student helper each time. All students had the chance to be a helper and to be a learner. Lots of extra materials needed, which, unfortunately, the kids forgot to bring to school making it harder for everyone to get the best of the experience. They learned a lot despite not having their batteries ready!

Fantastically fun science!

by Jacqui on

What a super fun, fast way to explore some science and make-had no idea you could etch metal this easily. Can see doing this activity with all age groups (littles will need more supervision)> Besides ordering the metal piece to etch, it is all stuff from around the house or grocery store, easily accessible and lots of wonder questions will arise!

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Metal Etching