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Come Etch Jewelry With 3rd Ward at Etsy Labs

Oct 28, 2010

by Julie Schneider handmade and vintage goods

Calling all burgeoning (or just plain curious) jewelry designers! Join us Monday, November 1, 2010 at the Etsy Labs in Brooklyn (and online) to learn a simple way to photo etch designs into copper to make quick, easy jewelry. Come on by for a demo every hour to learn this process with our pals from 3rd Ward. We’ll be hosting demos every hour on the hour, so please arrive at 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. for a session, or online at 5 p.m. for a demo in the Virtual Labs.


This week’s Craft Night teachers, Bev Beaulieu and Max Goodman, are instructors at 3rd Ward and run the 3rd Ward jewelry program, which offers 14 classes, from plastics to silversmithing to casting and much more.

In addition to teaching, Bev and Max both make their own jewelry pieces. Bev is currently a junior designer with Alexis Bittar, and Max works freelance and sells her work under her own brand, Moxy Metals. Bev and Max first met at the Tyler School of Art,where they both earned BFAs with honors in jewelry/metals.



3rd Ward is a member-based art and design center for creative professionals based in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. They are home to amazing resources, opportunities and a talented and supportive creative network. Their space houses multiple photo studios, a professional wood and metal shop, a fully loaded digital media lab, a jewelry studio, shared and private work space and over 150 interdisciplinary classes, including the Etsy at 3rd Ward craft program. Check ’em out!


The Craft Night scoop:

Where: 55 Washington Street, Suite 512 in Brooklyn, New York, 11201
When: Monday, November 1 from 4-8 p.m. ET
RSVP here.

And, online: Live far away? Join us online at 5 p.m. ET for a live how-to demo in the Virtual Labs, our online multi-user chat room. (See what time 5 p.m. ET is in your hometown.)


If you are attending Craft Night virtually this week and would like to craft along with us, you’ll need to round up the following supplies:

  • Pre-drilled pendants
  • Liver of sulfur
  • Copper etching mordant
  • Sharpies
  • Sheets of transfer film
  • Tape
  • 1 can of clear acrylic spray finish
  • Baking soda
  • Nail polish
  • Nail polish remover
  • Cotton balls 
  • Plastic bins
  • Durable rubber gloves
  • Iron
  • Scissors
  • Steel tweezers
  • Copper tongs
  • Sand paper for finishing
  • Files


Upcoming Events with the Etsy Labs:
1/8: Card-making Craft Night with Essimar
11/15: Dye Craft Night with Textile Arts Center
11/22: Open Craft Night
11/29: Craft Night is Cancelled


Looking for further crafting inspiration? 

Glass Photo Etching | Supplies Category | How-Tuesday Projects

Will we see you at Craft Night? Let us know in the comments below.

Etched Text Earrings- Word Nerd Copper Art Jewelry
Etched Text Earrings- Word Nerd Copper Art Jewelry
Cockatoo Etched Brass Pendant Necklace
Cockatoo Etched Brass Pendant Necklace
Copper binary code cuff- I would love to change the world, but they won't give me the source code
Copper binary code cuff- I would love to change the world, but they won't give me the source code
CTA Chicago Subway Cuff Bracelet
CTA Chicago Subway Cuff Bracelet
Antique Copper Fancy Edge Setting Set of Six 18x13
Antique Copper Fancy Edge Setting Set of Six 18x13


  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel said 8 years ago

    cant wait!! thank so much!

  • jammerjewelry

    jammerjewelry said 8 years ago

    Wonderful article! I love etched jewelry! Thanks!

  • VivaGailBeads

    VivaGailBeads said 8 years ago

    this looks wonderful!

  • maechevrette

    maechevrette said 8 years ago

    This sounds so awesome! Very jealous of the Etsians who get to attend this. I wish I lived in Brooklyn... or Etsy Labs set up in Boston... :)

  • melaniefavreau

    melaniefavreau said 8 years ago

    Cool! I'll try to be there...virtually :)

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 8 years ago

    Beautiful copper work, unfortunately I'm allergic to it as a metal I go all green! I know its a really soft metal though so must be easy to work with.

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 8 years ago

    neat stuff

  • NaiyaArtBoutique

    NaiyaArtBoutique said 8 years ago

    Would love to learn this and open a new etched copper section

  • sihaya09

    sihaya09 said 8 years ago

    I just started doing some etching. Wish I could come!

  • Colettesboutique

    Colettesboutique said 8 years ago

    Sounds like it's going to be a lot of fun!

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 8 years ago

    Oh, very cool! Any of these in California? ...wish I could join in :(

  • KismaeGrimes

    KismaeGrimes said 8 years ago

    Wish I could come!

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 8 years ago

    Ooooh, I've wanted to try etching for quite some time! I can't be there, but I hope all those who attend have a great night! :)

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 8 years ago

    Sounds fabulous. Wish I were closer!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 8 years ago

    Fun! Nice pieces

  • GingersnapBeadsPlus

    GingersnapBeadsPlus said 8 years ago

    Since I don't telaport, I'l be there virtually, with pen, paper and coffee cup. This I'm really looking forward to.

  • tinyearsjewelry

    tinyearsjewelry said 8 years ago

    how well does etching work on tin? anyone ever tried it? that could add some interesting details on some of my cuffs... thanks... Casey @ Tin Years

  • gonemetal

    gonemetal said 8 years ago

    Wishing I could be in NY for this, looking forward to the virtual lab!

  • birdie1

    birdie1 said 8 years ago

    These are beautiful!

  • jammerjewelry

    jammerjewelry said 8 years ago

    Very informative article! Thanks!

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 8 years ago

    I'm so happy this is going to be in the online lab - finally I can attend an Etsy Lab!

  • StudioElenus

    StudioElenus said 8 years ago

    Look at these torches!!! Wow, looks like lots of fun! The product is great too, love etched flower earrings.

  • choisette

    choisette said 8 years ago

    i'm assuming one can't just pop into the local tar-jay to pick up some "liver of sulfur".

  • kvanvliet

    kvanvliet said 8 years ago

    Different acids etch different metals; so to etch tin you'll just have to try other acids! BUT, use adequate ventilation and wear eye protection since the acids are corrosive and toxic! ESPECIALLY if you are experimenting and aren't sure of the results. You can use Ferric Acid to etch copper, and therefore brass, but be careful of copper plates steel, as it quickly erodes the copper and destroys the integrity of the piece...I've tried, and wasted nice metal.

  • kvanvliet

    kvanvliet said 8 years ago

    Question; what kind of transfer paper/film is needed?

  • DevineCollectible

    DevineCollectible said 8 years ago

    Very creative, well done!

  • TheWinglessBird

    TheWinglessBird said 8 years ago

    this is really interesting

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 8 years ago

    Wow, I wish I had the supplies for this. They look amazing!

  • SaraBJewelry

    SaraBJewelry said 8 years ago

    ooo! how fun - wishin i lived in Brooklyn for a day! i hope to try this technique soon.

  • shizendesigns

    shizendesigns said 8 years ago

    Awesome article! I love etching metal.

  • Musetypes

    Musetypes said 8 years ago

    Thanks for including my Cockatoo. Acid Etch rules!

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 8 years ago

    ok i'm gonna try will be noon in Hawaii, usually the busiest time of the day for me, but i am so dying to get into one of these.

  • stoneaddict

    stoneaddict said 8 years ago

    You can also just have a copy center copy the image onto transparency film- that'll iron on to the metal just as well as the film will, and easier to get.

  • WieberArt

    WieberArt said 8 years ago

    So disappointed will not be in New York at this time. For all those attending, it's going to be such a great. Have a wonderful evening!

  • AudreyGardenLady

    AudreyGardenLady said 8 years ago

    Looks like so much fun!

  • rosi3

    rosi3 said 8 years ago

    Thanks for offering's so nice to learn new techniques for free!..cant wait

  • BreatheCouture

    BreatheCouture said 8 years ago

    So cool! These learning labs are an awesome idea!

  • EForestCreations

    EForestCreations said 8 years ago

    Oh I have got to try doing this! I didn't even know copper could be etched. :-)

  • Gingercek

    Gingercek said 8 years ago

    I missed it and am very interested! Will you do it again? Or have something I could Thanks!!

  • lxz2009

    lxz2009 said 8 years ago

    hope to attend the team one day by myself!

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