Pleasant Dream Etched Barrette Tutorial


Created by: Rita Hutchinson


Designer Tips

  • Cut your metal sheet to desired size and use a file to round the corners and smooth all edges.
  • Clean with Penny Brite® Copper Cleaner and scrubby until water sheets off. Only handle by the edges from this point on.
  • Stamp your design once, cleanly, and lift the stamp straight off. Allow the ink to dry without disturbing further. If needed or desired, touch up the inked design with black or red Sharpie® marker.
  • Etch as directed following instructions in the kit.
  • File edges further if needed. Patina with Win-Ox™ and highlight with the sanding sponges.
  • Gently curve the etched piece with bracelet bending pliers. Do not form to the full arc of the pliers, just use them along the length to create a gentle arc that matches the barrette back. To solder properly, the pieces must meet with little (if any) gap.
  • Disassemble the barrette, coat the top with flux and add a layer of soft solder.
  • Use sanding sponge to remove oxidation from back of piece, add flux, and use micro torch to sweat the soft solder to the barrette. When the piece is cool, clean thoroughly, and re-assemble the barrette.
  • Apply Renaissance® wax to front and back of copper. Buff with cloth once it is set.

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Suggested Supplies

  • 1 dozen [use 1] #30-523 French Barette Back (60mm size shown is no longer available, but 40mm, 70mm, 80mm and 100mm are available)
  • 1 ea #69-052 Flux, Stay-Clean Liquid - 4 oz (for Soft Solder)
  • 1 each #45-210-001 Kit, Etching Supplies
  • 1 each #86-915 Renaissance® Micro-Crystalline Wax Polish
  • 1 pkg of 6 [use 1/2 of 1 strip] #64-981-20-100 Sheet, 20 Gauge, 6x1"
  • 1 each #69-068 Solder, Choice™
  • 1 each #86-343 Win-Ox™, 3 oz.



Additional Supplies

  • Apron
  • Baking Soda (from grocery store)
  • Citric Acid (from grocery or health food store)
  • Cloth or Rag
  • Duct Tape (from hardware store)
  • Green scrubby type sponge
  • Plastic Containers
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Rubber Stamp (from hobby store)
  • Styrofoam™ "float" (available from craft supplier or upcycled packing material)
  • Extra fine-point Sharpie 
Oct 27th 2021 Rita Hutchinson

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