Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Another ZIA & needing feedback

Have been toying with this idea for a while and just have not taken the time to do anything about it. Think I was a little apprehensive about what could happen. Always looking for new mediums to use tangles. This is an 8x10 piece of Plexiglas that I used a battery powered rotary tool to etch the design. It really turned out better than I had hoped for a first time. It was hard to get a picture as any back ground the Plexiglas was up against hid the design. That is one issue as it does not stand out very much. thinking that part of the problem may be that I need to etch deeper and also possibly use the tool to do some shading almost like a graphite pencil. Here are some pictures, the design shows up dark but I think that is because of the flash.

On these two pictures you are seeing the shadow of the design that was created with the flash. It gives you some idea of what the design is.

These two are indirect shots. They are not great but it does give you some idea of what the design looks like.

Has anyone else tried this before? If so, what did you do to get the design to stand out more? Is there a method to add color to the areas that are etched? If so, can you direct me to where I can get information about this? One thing that I think would make a difference is if I used my Dremel  tool. Think the rpms are higher and I have a few more diamond bits that I can use. I guess one question is do you think this is worth pursuing?

I appreciate any all feedback that you can give me.


  1. Worth pursuing! Very interesting start! I'm sure could use an acrylic paint or ink in the etched parts - then wipe away surface - just like an etched printing plate. I would also look into scrimshaw for hints. Higher rpms with the dremel may melt the plastic - but worth a try. Keep us posted!

  2. Agree with Marie on the higher rpms might do more damage before you get the depth you want. You might consider drypoint etching with an etching needle - it will take a little longer but gives you a bit more control. A masking medium might work to let you color it something like this one,7596.html


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