Re: Etching Own Face plates
« Reply #80 on: June 10, 2009, 11:04:56 PM »
My understanding is that if the cathode is the same metal as the anode in the appropriate electrolyte eg brass or copper-brass or copper and copper sulphate solution, then you can re-use the solution indefinitely as the copper ions are being replaced. I just used a chrome oven shelf so eventually I'll need to replace the solution but I didn't have to worry about silver solder. I think lead solder contaminates the solution somehow.I don't really know a great deal about it. Also, for best results, the cathode should be slightly smaller than the anode. My set-up was the same as the picture except for the power supply. I stuck #2 to the panel with school book contact. Sticky cheap plastic stuff. Because it's a direct electrical process you don't need to worry to much about the back, as long as there's a electrical contact. The position of the cathode in solution is not important. Only the distance to the anode plays a part as to resistance etc. You can etch vertically.If your power supply is being over worked you can weaken your solution with water.


Re: Etching Own Face plates
« Reply #81 on: June 10, 2009, 11:09:19 PM »
Thanks seth.  By next week, I'll probably get to try this.


Re: Etching Own Face plates
« Reply #82 on: June 10, 2009, 11:14:25 PM »
You wouldn't need to "bond" them per se, as the pots and nuts and other misc screws and fasteners would do that for you.

@Rob, i would think that using thin brass (like the Home Depot kickplate option) and some kind backing material would be cheaper than getting brass in 1/8" or thicker...

It sure would save a little bit oh money, but in the same aspect it's a cleaner way to go with an single piece. Let me go through the pain with my PM660 and I'll let you know if I would do it again.

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Re: Etching Own Face plates
« Reply #83 on: March 13, 2010, 10:49:06 AM »
Absolutely stunning, Old bean  ;)

Totally inspiring work.

Steve :)
It is not the same as 4+12, nor is it the same as 4+8, but 4+12 IS the same as 4+8+12....


Re: Etching Own Face plates
« Reply #84 on: March 13, 2010, 01:54:10 PM »
Sounds like this may be very cool & repeatable for etching some nomenclature/logo/graphics into a mic body.

I think nail polish might also work as a resist.

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Audio is everything else!


Re: Etching Own Face plates
« Reply #85 on: March 24, 2012, 12:02:49 PM »
i think you need to put a tutorial for this method.We ALL like this kind of front panels :))))


Re: Etching Own Face plates
« Reply #86 on: March 25, 2012, 09:32:29 AM »
The results in this thread are completely gorgeous, and your design sense is impeccable.
Thanks so much for sharing!


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