Saturday, August 10, 2013

PnP -on Pipe ? - applying PnP on Pipe for etching

Well after reading this months Jewelry Artist and the Chris Darway article  (page 20)  - I just had to try applying PnP sheet to Copper Pipe.

I took two sizes of copper pipe and cut them down (picked up at Home Depot)
I really like this cutter - leaves and nice end - no puckering like the other pipe cutters 

Nice and clean

I use 000-0000 steel wool to clean the surface
and I cut the PnP to fit 
Now at this point as much as I am going to wrap in silicone tape  I need something to hold it while I do 
so I taped the sides 

 Just put small pieces at either end and in the middle
I wrapped the silicone tape (plumbers white tape - you can get at home depot)around the pipe - tightly 
I have a Hot plate that I use for the my application of painted glass to beads so I plugged it in and set it to low as I was not sure how hot I needed to get this to work - 
I also put a probe on the hot plate just to see what the temp was 
so I stood them up on the heated surface hoping that the heat would flow up the tubes 


I reversed them but could not get them to stand so put one inside the other and let stand for another 20 minutes to 1/2 hour  - they didnt seem really that warm (even though it said 345 degrees F)  so I eventually laid them flat (one inside the other) on the plate and hoped for the best 
Totally forgot for about an hour (I am getting really bad at this ) 

I unwrapped the silicone tape -  the PnP looked dark like it does when I use the press 

OMG it worked 

Its about 90% perfect - some small areas that need touch up but nothing major 


What the PnP looked like after I took it off 

I applied the Stop Out (another liquid resist) to the tiny areas needed and letting it dry 
will etch hopefully today just have to get a container tall enough (bought a bunch of drink containers from dollar store  - I have one rubber plug for the larger pipe but I have to come up with something for the other 
going to fill with sand to make it heavy and the plug will not allow any ferric into the inside where I dont want to etch 








16 comments:

  1. Thanks for explaining this process so clearly. Yours is the first blog I have found with such complete and clear directions.

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  2. Oh My God, you are brilliant! I love the simple, clear and concise. Thank you.

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  3. So what kind of toner printer did you use for the pnp. Have had no luck with that material. even on a flat surface. Any hints would be much appreciated.

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  4. Can you get Pnp that is already printed?

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  5. Can you get Pnp that is already printed?

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  6. Can you get Pnp that is already printed?

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    1. I print my own and offer the patterns on etsy

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  7. Can you give a complete list of everything needed to etch. Love it. Thanks.

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  8. What is pnp n were can I get it.

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  9. What is pnp n were can I get it.

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  10. what can I use instead of hotplate? Thank you, Kris

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  11. Perhaps you can lay it down flat on an electric griddle and roll it back and forth with chopsticks! You can use plastic from a butter tub for the ends-just hot glue or even epoxy to the tube, and cut it off later.

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