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Title: Etched enclosures
Post by: Johnny Lemonhead on July 15, 2010, 10:30:16 PM
The main photo thread is getting a little crowded, so I thought it was time for a separate thread dedicated to this technique.
These are my first etched enclosures:

Loop switch
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4123/4798172636_3e28b932f6_b.jpg)

Tone Bender mark II
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4094/4798172446_e5a507ceea_b.jpg)

Please share yours!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: studiostud on July 16, 2010, 01:53:42 AM
dude.  those look stinkin clean, man.  well done for your first ones!  I'm going to try etching with my next pedal.  Just getting tired of the hassle and cost of decals/adhesive sticker paper.  What etchant did you use?  Ferric Chloride or something else?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: paulyy on July 16, 2010, 02:24:32 AM
Very clean looking. I think I'll try some ecthing on my next pedal. Good job.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Johnny Lemonhead on July 16, 2010, 02:16:08 PM
dude.  those look stinkin clean, man.  well done for your first ones!  I'm going to try etching with my next pedal.  Just getting tired of the hassle and cost of decals/adhesive sticker paper.  What etchant did you use?  Ferric Chloride or something else?

Thanks!

About the decals - I can definitely relate. As far as results go, while etching is a bit of a hassle by itself, it can lead to better results, IMO.

Yes, I used Ferric Chloride. Masking is extremely important. I used Press and Peel for the graphics, then packaging tape for the sides of the enclosure and nail polish for covering everything else.
One more thing to point out - don't buy a polished enclosure for etching: http://www.diystompboxes.com/smfforum/index.php?topic=85151.0 I learned it the hard way...
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Govmnt_Lacky on July 16, 2010, 02:53:03 PM
Those are some gorgeous pedals? Please share your technique cause I would love to get results like that!  :o
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: JKowalski on July 16, 2010, 04:22:06 PM
The main photo thread is getting a little crowded, so I thought it was time for a separate thread dedicated to this technique.
Please share yours!

It's much nicer to just go to one thread to see all the new arrivals instead of clicking on 10+ links for every category.

However, I've noticed that whenever these threads start up, people tend to post in both the pictures thread and the "niche" thread - let's treat these as organizational "archives" rather then "new arrival" threads.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: jimmybjj on July 16, 2010, 05:35:29 PM
The main photo thread is getting a little crowded, so I thought it was time for a separate thread dedicated to this technique.
Please share yours!

It's much nicer to just go to one thread to see all the new arrivals instead of clicking on 10+ links for every category.

However, I've noticed that whenever these threads start up, people tend to post in both the pictures thread and the "niche" thread - let's treat these as organizational "archives" rather then "new arrival" threads.

+1
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Steve Mavronis on July 17, 2010, 09:27:46 AM
I was afraid to mess up an enclosure by etching it directly. I etched a thin aluminum laminated panel instead for the top. I envy these beautiful box etches though.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Johnny Lemonhead on July 17, 2010, 09:33:36 AM
Point taken, JKowalski.

Those are some gorgeous pedals? Please share your technique cause I would love to get results like that!  :o

Thanks. I followed MarkM's tutorial here http://www.aronnelson.com/gallery/main.php/v/MarkMs-Gallery/album24/?g2_page=1 (http://www.aronnelson.com/gallery/main.php/v/MarkMs-Gallery/album24/?g2_page=1)
with a couple of changes -  instead of applying black paint and then ironing the Press n' Peel, I first ironed the PnP and then used packaging tape for the sides and nail polish for sealing the top.
My masking phase looks like this:
(http://lh6.ggpht.com/_JinwvawDhPc/TEGoSgu2vDI/AAAAAAAAEQQ/gHkxlvxgqYI/s1024/DSC_4657.JPG)

You want to seal it off really well and fix anything that wasn't transfered right when ironing. I used a toothpick dipped in acetone for removing excess PnP in tight spots. Take your time with this and make sure the mask is ready for etching. The etching took about 20 minutes in Ferric Chloride.
Afterwards, instead of sanding off the mask, I just pealed the tape and rubbed everything off with generous amounts of acetone.

I used free black and white vector graphics so the print would come out smooth and not pixelated.
Good luck :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Brymus on July 18, 2010, 06:49:36 PM
Yes thats what gives it the clean look as much as your careful work the smooth unpixelated lines.
Superb  :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: snarblinge on July 18, 2010, 07:10:09 PM
going back a bit now, but just to make the beginners out there a bit more inclined to post. and to up the Pic count on this very wordy pictures thread!!.

First etch, not at all as imagined
(http://26.media.tumblr.com/swRvvrF0Fmsm6lhsEfoZgaLMo1_400.jpg)
 
Second etch, leaning a lot from the first.
(http://24.media.tumblr.com/swRvvrF0Fmv7quspjJEWvgYlo1_400.jpg)

Third and final to this day etch, (despite having a large quantity of Fcl to get through)
(http://27.media.tumblr.com/swRvvrF0Fqmo3awnkVoleMslo1_400.jpg)

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Wild E on July 18, 2010, 10:58:30 PM
I think if your second try could be anodized blue, purple, or maybe red it might be pretty sweet looking. Maybe some semitransparent lacquer could do what I envision. I like the layout of the uglyface too. The knobs fit the design too.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: John Lyons on July 18, 2010, 11:40:35 PM
Yes, I llike those knobs as well for those boxes.
I like the small box actually.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: snarblinge on July 19, 2010, 12:06:53 AM
yeah the second one has gone to another home (sold to feed the habit)

the knobs were a score from work, some ordering error landed us with 50 or so knobs for a crown d-45, written off at stocktake yay for me.

for the bottom of the lake look, i sanded them a little and chucked them in the etchant, uglyface I left them standard, but then that one is a keeper.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on July 19, 2010, 08:20:09 AM
i etch all my pedals now....just dont rush it....'preparation is everything'...

loads of nail varnish even if it all looks well covered by toner.....no expensive pnp...just cheap gloss paper and a thick toner layer = excellent results.......... :icon_twisted:

i m not keen on paint..it chips..scratches..and then looks terrible after a few monthes of use........
but hey i like the industrial look too.....


etching is permanent..so get it right first time!.


rob.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: mattthegamer463 on July 19, 2010, 09:11:14 AM

etching is permanent..so get it right first time!.


Not if you've got a belt sander...  :icon_evil:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on July 19, 2010, 09:24:09 AM

etching is permanent..so get it right first time!.


Not if you've got a belt sander...  :icon_evil:

lol....some etches are pretty deep though!...probably go through it!...ha ha.. :icon_eek:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: diemilchmann on August 29, 2010, 12:52:37 AM
My first etch: My own Delay!
Not bad for a first one, huh? Used Slade's Multicolor etching tutorial.

(http://imgur.com/d0OYv.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: metalero30 on September 09, 2010, 02:49:25 AM

my second try

(http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l299/eskizo69/Efectos/badbone.jpg)
(http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l299/eskizo69/Efectos/badbone4.jpg)
(http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l299/eskizo69/Efectos/badbone2.jpg)
(http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l299/eskizo69/Efectos/badbone3.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: g. on September 22, 2010, 02:38:21 AM
same technique here,
but with paper magazine


(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3361/3190763285_7fb23d9a2b.jpg?v=0)
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3312/3190765579_2838c752b6.jpg?v=0)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: differo on September 22, 2010, 05:26:09 AM
Really good work everyone, long time no etch :) for me have to do it soon again.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: mikemaddux on September 22, 2010, 07:30:44 PM
I love this thread...i'll post some pics up real soon!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: g. on September 23, 2010, 09:02:43 AM
Passive RingMod

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4153/5015038954_2960d48cb0_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: g. on September 25, 2010, 03:17:20 PM
suite... with guts

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4090/5023282873_0bc687c746_b.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4147/5023285617_99ef077542_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on September 25, 2010, 03:45:57 PM
great an etch thread!...heres a few of mine..

dr boogie.

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P140610_21.21.jpg)

echo base..space base..

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P030310_08.21.jpg)

wooly mammoth...zig zag bass fuzz..

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/zigzagled.jpg)

rebote 2.5 delay...

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P090310_18.14%5B01%5D.jpg)







Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: frequencycentral on September 25, 2010, 06:47:52 PM
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3361/3190763285_7fb23d9a2b.jpg?v=0)

I loved that one when you first posted it. I bought a Wasp in 1980, it came with the manual that you got the image from. Happy memories!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: g. on September 26, 2010, 04:39:19 AM
this one was made with pnp blue ant not with paper mag,
my experiences teaches me that the etch is better with pnp blue.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: liquid_2280 on September 27, 2010, 12:43:43 PM
@deadastronaut your Dr. Boogie is awesome. Is the led always on or does it function like a traditional set up would? I.e. active/inactive indicator.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on September 27, 2010, 12:46:36 PM
@deadastronaut your Dr. Boogie is awesome. Is the led always on or does it function like a traditional set up would? I.e. active/inactive indicator.

cheers!...the bottom led is always on....nice for dark stages... :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Earthscum on October 04, 2010, 01:52:20 AM
This is one of my more recent ones. I screen print with Nazdar 7200 lacquer, then etch. Lacquer thinner to clean up.
Fuzzy Hoover This is a Fuzz Face based circuit using NTE158's. Picture is of Brooks, who I'm making it for (ego boost for the lead guitarist... I couldn't help it! Besides, he's wearing one of our band's shirts... awesome!) He wanted a 'worn and grungy' look, so I used the whole canopy background... gave a really great texture!
(http://img121.imageshack.us/img121/9689/fuzzyhoover.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Earthscum on October 04, 2010, 01:59:14 AM
metalero and G. - those are some really sweet enclosures! I really dig black and silver details. I'm gonna be silverleafing a black pedal pretty soon (hopefully before x-mas). Those pedals inspire me to get off my butt and get that pedal going!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: el_xero on December 23, 2010, 09:39:19 PM
Hi. I just finished this one today  :icon_biggrin:

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5046/5287095382_4ebfa5ec8c_z.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Slade on December 23, 2010, 11:52:18 PM
Hi. I just finished this one today  :icon_biggrin:
Great theme!!!! :D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: el_xero on December 26, 2010, 10:36:44 PM
Hi. I just finished this one today  :icon_biggrin:
Great theme!!!! :D

Haha yes, I made it for a friend and he named it that, so I came up with the theme idea.
By the way muchas gracias por tu tutorial. Me sirvió de mucho, ahora solo me falta seguir practicando  :)
Saludos desde Mexico
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on December 27, 2010, 08:37:31 AM
doble ?

or

double?... :icon_wink: ::)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Govmnt_Lacky on December 27, 2010, 08:45:35 AM
doble ?

or

double?... :icon_wink: ::)

Oh MAN!!! I never caught that and I have looked at that pedal quite a few times! I really, really, really, hope that was intended.  :icon_redface: :'( :o ;D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on December 27, 2010, 08:47:40 AM
doble ?

or

double?... :icon_wink: ::)

Oh MAN!!! I never caught that and I have looked at that pedal quite a few times! I really, really, really, hope that was intended.  :icon_redface: :'( :o ;D


hopefully its spanish or something eh?... :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: StereoKills on December 27, 2010, 08:51:17 AM
It's spanish for double :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on December 27, 2010, 08:53:24 AM
It's spanish for double :)

ahhhh...i see....so 'dragon' is 'dragon' in spanish too then...thats handy... :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: el_xero on December 27, 2010, 12:56:19 PM
you're all right guys. Doble dragón is spanish for double dragon. :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Govmnt_Lacky on December 27, 2010, 01:01:08 PM
you're all right guys. Doble dragón is spanish for double dragon. :)

Interesting that none of the other markings are in Espanol. i.e. Kick, Punch, Life.....  ::)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on December 27, 2010, 01:02:58 PM
you're all right guys. Doble dragón is spanish for double dragon. :)

Interesting that none of the other markings are in Espanol. i.e. Kick, Punch, Life.....  ::)

hmmmm.... ::)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: el_xero on December 27, 2010, 02:06:12 PM
well I just like to mix things up. I speak spanglish with friends for fun also. :) thanks for all your comments
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: diemilchmann on December 27, 2010, 02:08:48 PM
http://onoffeffects.com/images/lone_star.jpg

Little bit of Texas for y'all
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: JKowalski on December 27, 2010, 02:58:42 PM
(http://i56.tinypic.com/2llymvm.jpg)

(http://i52.tinypic.com/24gre41.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: John Lyons on December 27, 2010, 04:41:36 PM
That looks nice Chris!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Slade on December 27, 2010, 08:04:19 PM
you're all right guys. Doble dragón is spanish for double dragon. :)

Interesting that none of the other markings are in Espanol. i.e. Kick, Punch, Life.....  ::)

hmmmm.... ::)
Is there a complaint? You one-idiomed!!!! Go and bother Pigiboy too, every pedal he makes has 2 idioms written on it :icon_mrgreen:
BTW, here you have the character you missed "ñ" ;)

Chris, that's awesome, really inspired and detailed etch! Like it a lot.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on December 27, 2010, 08:15:27 PM
you're all right guys. Doble dragón is spanish for double dragon. :)

Interesting that none of the other markings are in Espanol. i.e. Kick, Punch, Life.....  ::)

hmmmm.... ::)
Is there a complaint? You one-idiomed!!!! Go and bother Pigiboy too, every pedal he makes has 2 idioms written on it :icon_mrgreen:
BTW, here you have the character you missed "ñ" ;)

Chris, that's awesome, really inspired and detailed etch! Like it a lot.

no complaint'o  senor'o  slade'o.. :icon_mrgreen: :icon_mrgreen: :icon_mrgreen:

yeah nice design chris....
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ACS on December 27, 2010, 10:13:38 PM
Here's my latest - TS808 with a few mods (mainly of the Keely variety).  

WARNING: PICS BELOW NOT (OVERLY) SAFE FOR WORK

Most important mod though (IMO) is the addition of a 6-way rotary switch (labeled "NASTY") for clipping diodes - just gives you so many tonal possibilities.  I went for Ge (sym), Ge (asym), Si (sym, stock), Si (Asym), LED and fully lifted.  

 - LED is probably my favourite - nice n' gritty, although the lifted setting gives a massive amount of boost if that's your thing.  
 - Ge is much quieter (as you'd expect) and you need to push the Level ("BUMP") all the way up, but both settings give a lovely rounded OD.  

Quite usable tonally, def. moreso than my standard TS808...  Perspex LED glowing border in lieu of a normal LED on top, just cos  :biggrin:  Wish I was keeping this one, but it's an Xmas gift for the guitarist in our band...

My first crack at etching an enclosure - some bits worked really well, others not so. Next time, I need to sand the enclosure more to remove the blemishes from the enclosure casting, and also mask the big flat areas with lacquer as there were a few spots where the FeCl was just starting to go through the mask...  But overall, very pleased for my first effort.

(http://lh6.ggpht.com/_psBgEBfECuU/TRHD04wdy9I/AAAAAAAAAeA/9LK9hDUvHPw/IMG_3061.JPG)
(http://lh3.ggpht.com/_psBgEBfECuU/TRHEMwxqXYI/AAAAAAAAAeE/X5SuY-s-TJA/IMG_3059.JPG)
(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_psBgEBfECuU/TRHFAdMd1xI/AAAAAAAAAeY/Bez6It_JKj4/IMG_3065.JPG)
(http://lh5.ggpht.com/_psBgEBfECuU/TRHFYVXyiPI/AAAAAAAAAec/nrmnwgi9gQw/IMG_3064.JPG)
(http://lh6.ggpht.com/_psBgEBfECuU/TRHCaNFolcI/AAAAAAAAAdU/3x-F7JUS0t0/s576/IMG_3052.JPG)


Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Govmnt_Lacky on December 28, 2010, 07:49:46 AM
Is there a complaint? You one-idiomed!!!! BTW, here you have the character you missed "ñ" ;)

EEEEEEEEEEEEEASY there angry guy.....  :icon_lol: No need to be grouchy. Remember that these comments are coming from someone who has had nothing but misery when trying to etch enclosures!  :'(
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Valoosj on December 28, 2010, 09:17:55 AM

Is there a complaint? You one-idiomed!!!!

Como mi profesor de español dijo, el monolingüismo es una enfermedad.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Slade on December 28, 2010, 10:14:18 AM

Is there a complaint? You one-idiomed!!!!

Como mi profesor de español dijo, el monolingüismo es una enfermedad.

Précisément.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Valoosj on December 28, 2010, 10:38:18 AM

Is there a complaint? You one-idiomed!!!!

Como mi profesor de español dijo, el monolingüismo es una enfermedad.

Précisément.

Qué fanfarronería  :icon_lol: vamos hacer una competición? Sin diccionario, claro  :icon_lol:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Govmnt_Lacky on December 28, 2010, 10:56:31 AM

Is there a complaint? You one-idiomed!!!!

Como mi profesor de español dijo, el monolingüismo es una enfermedad.

Précisément.

Qué fanfarronería  :icon_lol: vamos hacer una competición? Sin diccionario, claro  :icon_lol:

Sorry... didn't mean to offend. No need to get upset. Just thought it was a shame that you went through all of the trouble and POSSIBLY mis-spelled a word. I know I would be  :o :icon_mad: :icon_evil: if that happened to me.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Valoosj on December 28, 2010, 11:14:14 AM
I seriously doubt that Slade is serious about being offended or anything. We all know his spelling isn't always that good either  :icon_lol:
As this is a forum, don't take things too serious, it's very difficult to show your emotions in writing.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Slade on December 28, 2010, 08:01:28 PM
Hahaha, easy, Govmnt_Lacky...Of course I'm just kidding, I would never write like that seriously, and would never point and laugh to you because you only know one language... Maybe I'm still using too few smileys... Now seriously... One language??!?!!?! :D ;D :icon_mrgreen: :icon_lol:

Okay!!! Let's stop this OT. Here's my latest, the Neverdrive (an overdrive made to get a tone close to the song Neverland from Maryllion):

(http://img697.imageshack.us/img697/7863/64642072.jpg)

(http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/9988/86110759.jpg)

(http://img515.imageshack.us/img515/8302/71714231.jpg)

Audio Demo: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/3565959/Neverdrive.ogg

Ciao!
Fernando.-
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on December 29, 2010, 04:52:41 AM
marillion?

or

mary lion ?.....only joking guys.... :icon_wink:

nice one slade...(the master etcher) :icon_mrgreen:

edit:cant open ogg files...!!!!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mugshot on December 29, 2010, 07:58:40 PM
my favorite grit-box!

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm119/musikerochan/REijimaigo/SAM_0034.jpg)

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Slade on December 30, 2010, 08:56:56 AM
my favorite grit-box!
That looks very cool. Did you built it? What are the controls?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mugshot on January 03, 2011, 08:29:03 PM
my favorite grit-box!
That looks very cool. Did you built it? What are the controls?

the usual suspects: level, drive, bass and presence control  ;) really piercing with presence control all the way up. sounds good through a cold solid state marshall  :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on January 13, 2011, 07:30:47 PM
done this for a mate who wanted a plaque for his wall...came out nice and deep..!!!!...

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/vod1.jpg)

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P120111_16.22.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on February 03, 2011, 09:46:28 AM
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P030211_14.29.JPG)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: T-Flex on February 03, 2011, 03:54:45 PM
^^^ very nice and neat!

do you guys apply any sort or clear coat when you're going for the "brushed aluminum" look or would that degrade the overall affect?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on February 03, 2011, 07:08:31 PM
i never do, i dont like chips etc...but i like the industrial look anyway... 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: tasos on February 04, 2011, 10:56:38 AM
hey guys...i haven' etched any enclosure yet....i am thinking about it just some simple lettering but i am worried about were can i find the paper and stuff i need....i am basicly looking for an easy and cheap process...i hope that someone can help... ;D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: jefe on February 04, 2011, 11:10:41 AM
hey guys...i haven' etched any enclosure yet....i am thinking about it just some simple lettering but i am worried about were can i find the paper and stuff i need....i am basicly looking for an easy and cheap process...i hope that someone can help... ;D

I haven't tried etching yet either, but the process is explained in detail in slade's turorial:
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/3565959/%5BTutorial%5D%20Making%20a%20Multicolor%20Etching.pdf (http://dl.dropbox.com/u/3565959/%5BTutorial%5D%20Making%20a%20Multicolor%20Etching.pdf)

Cheap?: I don't think the materials are very expensive.
Easy?: It looks pretty complicated to me.. but maybe that's just because slade's tutorial is so detailed (which is a good thing!)  ;D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: tasos on February 04, 2011, 04:29:57 PM
the link doesn't response...does it to you?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jimi W on February 04, 2011, 05:35:02 PM
Slightly cheated with this one. Etched a faceplate instead of the enclosure. Does it still qualify?

(http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/hs038.snc6/166864_10150132722336140_627701139_8417017_2397892_n.jpg)

Jimi
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on February 05, 2011, 06:40:39 AM
Does it still qualify?



Jimi

i think so.... :icon_wink:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: jefe on February 05, 2011, 04:47:24 PM
the link doesn't response...does it to you?

The link is working for me.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: tasos on February 05, 2011, 05:43:59 PM
the link doesn't response...does it to you?

The link is working for me.
still nothing... :-\
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on February 05, 2011, 07:52:47 PM
built at last...

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P060211_00.34.JPG)

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P040211_14.28.JPG)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: frequencycentral on March 07, 2011, 01:36:47 PM
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/967492/Time%20Machine/TMA1.jpg)
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/967492/Time%20Machine/TMA2.jpg)
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/967492/Time%20Machine/TMA3.jpg)
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/967492/Time%20Machine/TMA4.jpg)
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/967492/Time%20Machine/TMA5.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: jefe on March 07, 2011, 01:58:47 PM
Showoff.




Just kidding! Stunning, as always, Rick!  :icon_cool:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on March 08, 2011, 03:22:48 AM
looking good rick!...nice!. 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on March 08, 2011, 11:29:21 AM
heres one for the pulsewah...just have to finish the @#$%ing layout now!.. :icon_rolleyes:

it'll spur me on to finish it quicker though!.. :icon_mrgreen:

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P080311_16.05%5B01%5D.jpg)
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P080311_14.02%5B01%5D.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: mongo on March 08, 2011, 05:39:08 PM

 where's the etching tutorial again? :D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: bluesman1218 on March 08, 2011, 07:42:50 PM
heres one for the pulsewah...just have to finish the @#$%ing layout now!.. :icon_rolleyes:

it'll spur me on to finish it quicker though!.. :icon_mrgreen:

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P080311_16.05%5B01%5D.jpg)
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P080311_14.02%5B01%5D.jpg)

Love the video on this! Will you share the circuit?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on March 09, 2011, 12:41:38 PM
hi steve..

no!.... :icon_mrgreen:

http://www.diystompboxes.com/smfforum/index.php?topic=88582.0

its there ok...enjoy!.. :icon_wink:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: bluesman1218 on March 09, 2011, 12:59:32 PM
hi steve..

no!.... :icon_mrgreen:

http://www.diystompboxes.com/smfforum/index.php?topic=88582.0

its there ok...enjoy!.. :icon_wink:

Very cool and I can tell we're going to get into some Firesign Theatre together or, at the very least, Monty Python.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on March 09, 2011, 01:15:03 PM
 :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on April 19, 2011, 09:54:36 AM
i just dug out an old mxr phase 45 pcb i built ages ago...but it never worked...i changed the trannies and yay! it works..sounds really sweet....

so it deserves a sweet box too...

its going to have an orange 'sun' led as the rate in the middle of the sun...and an on/off led too....

i looked for chrome chicken head knob, but they are too pricey..shame it would look nice on it...

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P190411_13.40.jpg)


Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: tasos on April 19, 2011, 11:21:04 AM

i looked for chrome chicken head knob, but they are too pricey..shame it would look nice on it...


well i think it is worth it! ;)
http://cgi.ebay.com/2-Guitar-Amp-1-4-Rotary-Switch-Chickenhead-Knobs-SCK-/290537784085?pt=Guitar_Accessories&hash=item43a566c315 (http://cgi.ebay.com/2-Guitar-Amp-1-4-Rotary-Switch-Chickenhead-Knobs-SCK-/290537784085?pt=Guitar_Accessories&hash=item43a566c315)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on April 19, 2011, 11:25:36 AM
cheers tasos, but ive seen proper metal chrome looking ones...they are nice...really classy looking.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/TOG-CHICKEN-HEAD-KNOB-CHROME-SET-SCREW-BRASS-INSERT-/370448418913?pt=Guitar_Accessories&hash=item5640724861


£5.00 for one knob just seems to pricey.... :icon_rolleyes:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: dromilious on April 20, 2011, 08:22:59 AM
Finally this is my etched delay finished !

(http://smart.noiz.gr/images/listings/dromilious-1302816974-d_pic.jpg)  (http://smart.noiz.gr/images/listings/dromilious-1302817005-d_pic.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Valoosj on April 20, 2011, 04:55:05 PM
cheers tasos, but ive seen proper metal chrome looking ones...they are nice...really classy looking.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/TOG-CHICKEN-HEAD-KNOB-CHROME-SET-SCREW-BRASS-INSERT-/370448418913?pt=Guitar_Accessories&hash=item5640724861


£5.00 for one knob just seems to pricey.... :icon_rolleyes:

http://www.musikding.de/product_info.php/info/p2248_Chickenhead-chrome.html

If you don't use this supplier, I can always order one for you the next time I need stuff and then send it to you.
Too bad I just came back from London, if I had known I would have stopped by with one since I have a few here that I want to put on my amp  ;D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on April 21, 2011, 05:50:10 AM
@yorick, thanks for the offer man, very kind of you!..

i didnt realize musikding did them, much better price too....ive never ordered from them, but i may do soon. thanks again man.

cheers, rob.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Perrow on April 21, 2011, 10:32:57 AM
@yorick, thanks for the offer man, very kind of you!..

i didnt realize musikding did them, much better price too....ive never ordered from them, but i may do soon. thanks again man.

cheers, rob.

I ordered a few things from them recently, be sure to consider their photo resist PCB stock at 2 euro for 100*160 mm, and Hammond 125A's at 18 euro :-)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on April 22, 2011, 11:42:53 AM
finished my phase 45.....no chrome knob yet!..

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P220411_15.19.jpg)
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P220411_15.16%5B01%5D.jpg)
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P220411_15.17%5B01%5D.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Kearns892 on April 22, 2011, 11:45:06 AM
I think the black chicken head is very tasty. A chrome knob might be overkill, but eh - to each his own  :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on April 22, 2011, 11:46:56 AM
@jordan , yeah you may be right there....i tried the cream one...but black looks better!. :icon_wink:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: bluesman1218 on April 22, 2011, 12:47:11 PM
finished my phase 45.....no chrome knob yet!..

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P220411_15.19.jpg)
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P220411_15.16%5B01%5D.jpg)
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P220411_15.17%5B01%5D.jpg)

The black knob looks classy, especially with the box lighting. Tasty, Rob.... err... the pedal, not you!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on April 22, 2011, 12:50:44 PM
not me?.. :'(

 :icon_mrgreen:

cheers man...yeah i'm pleased with it...very subtle phaser.. :icon_cool:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: siore on April 23, 2011, 08:23:07 AM
Rebote delay, w/ 'boost' pot in the output buffer. :icon_biggrin:

(http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh19/siore/GAS/Image0560.jpg)

(http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh19/siore/GAS/Image0559.jpg)

(http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh19/siore/GAS/Image0557.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on April 25, 2011, 04:25:12 AM
nice one siore....

came out nice... :icon_cool:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: egasimus on April 26, 2011, 05:46:43 AM
deadastronaut, that's one hot phaser you've got there. Glad you put a large gold LED. For me, pictures never do justice to the actual subject, but I'm sure that it looks hyper-awesome in person.

You should try the chrome knob, though. If it's a good one, I think it's gonna look better - you know, just the Sun in the middle of a grey sky...
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on April 26, 2011, 05:56:49 AM
cheers egasimus, ...yeah its great in real life...

http://www.youtube.com/user/100roberthenry?feature=mhum#p/u/0/FtnhO44kP4Q
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: guitarmageddon on April 26, 2011, 06:55:23 AM
ive seen proper metal chrome looking ones...they are nice...really classy looking.
£5.00 for one knob just seems to pricey.... :icon_rolleyes:

Looks great Rob, can'y beat a chicken head.
Here's another chrome knob source- only a buck and a half!
http://www.amplifiedparts.com/products/amp_parts/P-K300S (http://www.amplifiedparts.com/products/amp_parts/P-K300S)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on April 26, 2011, 07:14:45 AM
cheers guitarmaggedon, looks like i'll have to get some with my next big order....thanks man. :icon_wink:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jimi W on April 29, 2011, 02:38:10 PM
A Tremor In The Force - Tap Tempo Tremolo

(http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/229158_10150233190406140_627701139_9110271_7620521_n.jpg)

Crap quality photo but I'm really pleased with the etch itself. Went really well. Used a much more concentrated etchant than usual after reading that insanekane uses a concentrated etchant and I LOVE his etches.

Jimi
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: frequencycentral on April 29, 2011, 02:42:01 PM
^^^^

That's a beautiful etch Jimi! Really really nice graphic work too, love the waveforms and the musical notations.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ACS on April 29, 2011, 06:47:32 PM

Crap quality photo but I'm really pleased with the etch itself. Went really well. Used a much more concentrated etchant than usual after reading that insanekane uses a concentrated etchant and I LOVE his etches.

Jimi

Nice etch dude. Is this via Slades method? Any variations in technique? I always seem to get those little 'micro holes' in the toner and cant manage to get anything as clean as what youve got there....

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jimi W on April 29, 2011, 07:23:48 PM
Cheers dude!

Yep, all down to Slade's tutorial! I've read a few others but pretty much follow Slade's.

One thing that does seem to make a difference is etchant strength. My current FeCl is probably 1.5 - 2 times the recommended strength. The etch happens a lot quicker and the toner seems to hold up for the short time even though the etchant is stronger. I also go a bit over the top with nail varnish and paint over a lot of the large toner masked areas. Takes a few more minutes in prep but it guarantees no little spots appearing through the toner. I also use packaging tape and not masking tape for the sides of the enclosures and paint over the join between the tape and the enclosure with nail varnish to stop the etchant seeping under the tape.

To be honest each time I do an etch I still find it as exciting and amazing as the first time and I've probably done about 15 now! I still expect the worst each time and I'm completely blown away when it works. I really do LOVE etching.

Jimi
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on April 30, 2011, 04:34:09 AM
yeah thats really cool jimi...nice etch...

i'm the same i love etching , and am also blown away by the results too:...

much better than painting, and waterslides etc...no chipping and all that...great!.. :icon_wink:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: nicofx on May 10, 2011, 12:21:03 PM
Here's my latest..
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-tDGCn8t7B2U/TcgzK5irHiI/AAAAAAAAB3c/A4VSyV3juew/s1600/Rust2-2.jpg)
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-BW8Zu-XeQLY/TcgzLB5wiWI/AAAAAAAAB3g/2yiC0pgjBkw/s1600/Rust2-3.jpg)
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Ydv-Znwh_h0/TcgzLlK2WUI/AAAAAAAAB3k/IHl1pN0mDck/s1600/Rust2-4.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: glops on May 10, 2011, 12:23:44 PM
Here's my latest..
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-tDGCn8t7B2U/TcgzK5irHiI/AAAAAAAAB3c/A4VSyV3juew/s1600/Rust2-2.jpg)
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-BW8Zu-XeQLY/TcgzLB5wiWI/AAAAAAAAB3g/2yiC0pgjBkw/s1600/Rust2-3.jpg)
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Ydv-Znwh_h0/TcgzLlK2WUI/AAAAAAAAB3k/IHl1pN0mDck/s1600/Rust2-4.jpg)
A beauty...
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: jimmybjj on May 10, 2011, 12:33:16 PM
Nicofx, that looks really incredible! How do you achieve that effect.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on May 12, 2011, 07:39:21 AM
echo base i did a while back, but never painted the etch...now i have..and clear coat too...
i know...the led bezel :icon_redface:...i'll sort it. :icon_wink:

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P120511_10.23.jpg)

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P120511_10.22.jpg)
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P120511_10.22%5B01%5D.jpg)
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P120511_10.22%5B02%5D.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: egasimus on May 12, 2011, 08:17:19 AM
The text under the knobs looks a bit unsightly to me. Use Helvetica instead of Arial, p'raps :icon_lol: :icon_lol: :icon_lol: Otherwise, great build.

Could've been Gagarin-commemorative, though. There would probably be at least one good B&W photo of him that would look good on that stompbox.

Although whenever I see a stompbox with somebody's face on it (it's usually Hendrix, of course), I can't help but wonder - won't some people consider, well, stomping on sb's picture an insult? Outside the Arab world, that is.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on May 12, 2011, 08:36:22 AM
yeah it looks offensive too... :icon_wink:

yeah its always hendrix.... ::)

i'd stamp on his face and gagarin's...... :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: kupfer_m on May 12, 2011, 10:06:56 AM
All those nice etches!

A few questions :
How do you manage to keep those unetched surfaces that clean?
Is it just lots of nail varnish (or paint) to seal the toner?

How do you get that clean brushed alu look like on the 'tremor in the force' and the 'space base' pedal?
I guess it's sand & sand & sand...

Thanks,
Jim
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on May 12, 2011, 10:56:27 AM
hi jim,  yep and yep... :icon_mrgreen:

i always put nail varnish on any areas not to be etched...just in case of pitting...

as for sanding, yep just one direction...coarse then less coarse...then 1200....and sand sand sand....doesnt take long really...
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: .Mike on May 15, 2011, 04:04:37 PM
Here's a picture of my etches so far:

(http://img19.imageshack.us/img19/7984/img7695x.jpg)

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on May 15, 2011, 04:07:27 PM
very nice mike.....nice muff too... :icon_cool: :icon_cool: :icon_cool:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: tasos on May 15, 2011, 06:08:36 PM
well...this is a green russian muff....and my first etching! ;D
i haven't decided about the knobs yet!any suggestions? :icon_rolleyes:

(http://img860.imageshack.us/img860/6920/1000149.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/860/1000149.jpg/)


(http://img829.imageshack.us/img829/6708/1000148n.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/829/1000148n.jpg/)

forgot to mention...this box measures 2.2cm high!i had to bend the legs of the 3pdt so it can fit in there! :icon_lol:

[yep!copy paste from the pictures thread!i need some help with the knobs here! ;D]
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: frequencycentral on May 16, 2011, 03:06:16 PM
Couple of my latest:

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/967492/Obsession%20II%20A.jpg)
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/967492/Obsession%20II/OBII%20Front.jpg)
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/967492/Cvi/CVi03.jpg)
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/967492/Cvi/CVi02.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on May 21, 2011, 05:24:19 AM
a sneak preview....  :D



(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/cruc1.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: bluesman1218 on May 21, 2011, 10:18:56 AM
a sneak preview....  :D



(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/cruc1.jpg)

Alright Rob, that's the "Ooooh!" pic. When do we see the "Aaaah!" pic?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on May 22, 2011, 06:05:33 AM



(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/th_smiley_emoticons_ozboss_gitarre3.gif)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on May 22, 2011, 06:49:28 AM
ok heres the mock up of the 'DUAL CRUCIFIER'..first time i used magazine paper for etching...it works really really well...no more 'special paper' for me...

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P220511_11.31%5B01%5D.jpg)

had to bug rick and galego about how to wire this bugger up..(thanks guys :-*). its a double dr boogie.. for hi/low gain stuff. in a sideways 1590bb .didnt fancy calling it dual, dual rectifier... :icon_wink:

going to try 'no bezel' led's too  2x 3mm for channel swithching, 5mm on/off , and a 3mm in the cross for decoration only...i love a pretty light!... :icon_mrgreen:

should be finished this week.... :icon_cool: \m/  \m/  ...after a few more orbits around the earth.... :icon_mrgreen:


@rick, beautuful builds as always...love that gold n silver.. :icon_cool:
@tasos, stick with the chick!.. :icon_wink:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: bluesman1218 on May 22, 2011, 03:59:54 PM
ok heres the mock up of the 'DUAL CRUCIFIER'..first time i used magazine paper for etching...it works really really well...no more 'special paper' for me...

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P220511_11.31%5B01%5D.jpg)

Ahhhhhh!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on May 22, 2011, 06:15:36 PM
almost ahhhhh.....a bit more swearing and stuff to go yet!.. :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: bluesman1218 on May 22, 2011, 07:05:49 PM
almost ahhhhh.....a bit more swearing and stuff to go yet!.. :icon_mrgreen:
Awwwwww! Now imagine me playing the world's tiniest violin... :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on May 22, 2011, 07:13:50 PM
 :'(

:D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Govmnt_Lacky on May 22, 2011, 08:17:14 PM
@Rob

How did you cover the apparent massive areas that were not etched?
Did you use massive amounts of toner? Or did you use enamel or paint?
I just wonder how you managed to get all of the etch to line up if you didn't put on the resist "all in one shot"
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on May 22, 2011, 08:33:43 PM
@Rob

How did you cover the apparent massive areas that were not etched?
Did you use massive amounts of toner? Or did you use enamel or paint?
I just wonder how you managed to get all of the etch to line up if you didn't put on the resist "all in one shot"

hi lacky,  it is in one shot really....
i just use a laser toner image (on magazine paper).(best quality print).and used nail varnish for the edges, and top of the sides...and taped the sides with masking tape, then plastic tape over that...
just to stop the plastic tape leaving a nasty residue behind...this stops the sides being etched...sometimes i do cover larger areas with nail varnish too..but the magazine method, seems really great
at coverage...
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on May 24, 2011, 08:41:23 AM
 finally, heres my .'DUAL CRUCIFIER'  (double dr boogie) etched graphics, then clear coated to stop oxidization (keep it shiny) ive been wanting to build this for a long time, just never got round to it.
i ripped my old dr boogie apart and added 2 volumes/2 gains etc..nice high and low gain settings..and squeezed it all into a 1590bb.pheww!...@#$%ing awesome pedal much much better now!.and more versatile live.  :icon_twisted: :icon_twisted: :icon_twisted:

youtube demo soon!. :icon_wink:

special thanks to rick (frequency central) and (galego).. for their help with the wiring diagram..coz i'm a dumbass!.. :icon_redface:...cheers guys.!. :-*

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P240511_12.53.jpg)

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P240511_12.54.jpg)

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P240511_12.55%5B02%5D.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Govmnt_Lacky on May 24, 2011, 08:46:28 AM
hi lacky,  it is in one shot really....
i just use a laser toner image (on magazine paper).(best quality print).and used nail varnish for the edges, and top of the sides...and taped the sides with masking tape, then plastic tape over that...
just to stop the plastic tape leaving a nasty residue behind...this stops the sides being etched...sometimes i do cover larger areas with nail varnish too..but the magazine method, seems really great
at coverage...

Just seems to me that you would be using an HUGE amount of toner to cover those vast blank areas  :icon_eek:

Does that increase your transfer time?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on May 24, 2011, 08:57:53 AM
hi lacky,  it is in one shot really....
i just use a laser toner image (on magazine paper).(best quality print).and used nail varnish for the edges, and top of the sides...and taped the sides with masking tape, then plastic tape over that...
just to stop the plastic tape leaving a nasty residue behind...this stops the sides being etched...sometimes i do cover larger areas with nail varnish too..but the magazine method, seems really great
at coverage...

Just seems to me that you would be using an HUGE amount of toner to cover those vast blank areas  :icon_eek:

Does that increase your transfer time?

my secretary (wife) does all my printing, she works for the house of lords?(another government lacky lol) and they have lovely new laser printers....so toner usage isnt any concern..
plus its nice to get something back for my taxes.. :icon_wink:
transfer time?...just as normal...in fact the magazine paper is the best method ive tried...and ive tried a few.. :icon_rolleyes: great coverage!..no residue either!..
no 'special paper/expensive pnp blue etc....and its recycling...lol..not that i give a monkeys about that!.. :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: mordechai on June 02, 2011, 10:06:03 PM
These etchings are terrific.  Anybody know someone who provides this service for a per-enclosure fee?

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: nicofx on June 06, 2011, 09:36:59 AM
My latest reverse etch..
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-eXV7IUb0HsY/TeyQTd_g9LI/AAAAAAAAB4U/rWu4ZLxA0B4/s1600/RiverPerch3.jpg)
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-P5dnAqXJUdw/TeyQTxJNEfI/AAAAAAAAB4Y/kKSoLV8vvMc/s1600/RiverPerch4.jpg)
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-A7BtZDaDhaw/TeyQUaxZOTI/AAAAAAAAB4c/SyYxDIUhz-I/s1600/RiverPerch5.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on June 06, 2011, 09:40:14 AM
@niklas..beautiful....love the fish eye.. :icon_cool:

i havent tried a reverse etch yet...but will soon...

that doesnt look very deep...was it a pain to sand/paint?..
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Govmnt_Lacky on June 06, 2011, 09:53:43 AM
@niklas

Could you elaborate on how the reverse etch is accomplished?

I just do not see how you can paint the surface, then sand the "higher" edges without damaging the paint on the "lower" portions ???  ???
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on June 06, 2011, 10:13:14 AM
you have to use a  flat sanding block so it only sands the raised parts...i think slade does it by having the sandpaper flat  on a desk, and rubs the box over it...

thats my 2p...

the fish does look very shallow as an etch though!...the band around the edge will keep it from digging in... :icon_wink:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Govmnt_Lacky on June 06, 2011, 10:17:44 AM
you have to use a  flat sanding block so it only sands the raised parts...i think slade does it by having the sandpaper flat  on a desk, and rubs the box over it...

thats my 2p...

the fish does look very shallow as an etch though!...the band around the edge will keep it from digging in... :icon_wink:

Thanks Rob..  ;D

I am still working out my magazine transfer woes  :'( Gonna give it another thry this week  ;D

It just looks to me that a reverse etch would be MUCH easier than a standard etch. Less area to cover with resist and less masking.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on June 06, 2011, 10:31:27 AM
yeah less toner for sure...but you can always use less toner by just toning the out line of the important bits, and use nail varnish for the big areas... :icon_wink:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on June 06, 2011, 10:44:48 AM
love that fish.....nice.. :icon_cool:

i had to build another phase 45.....my mate begged me for the other one!.. :icon_rolleyes:

etched/clearcoated..

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P060611_15.26.jpg)
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P060611_15.21.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: nicofx on June 06, 2011, 10:47:18 AM
Thanks  :)
It's actually a very deep etch, and then several layers of spray paint. So when you sand it the paint and the etch almost line up.
And yeah, you have to use a sanding block. Also make shure your enclosure is sanded completely flat before applying the transfer.
Preparation is everything   :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on June 06, 2011, 10:48:43 AM
Thanks  :)

Preparation is everything   :)

indeed it is...

i see now..the paint has raised to meet the etch...cool.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: nicofx on June 06, 2011, 10:51:35 AM
@deadastronaut That Phaser is exquisit   8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on June 06, 2011, 10:55:08 AM
thanks man.. yeah i love an led...or 2... :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: tasos on June 17, 2011, 09:57:26 AM
(http://img651.imageshack.us/img651/783/1000179w.jpg)

hey guys..
i just finished my etching...
i liked the black color that stayed on the letters....
could i keep it and spray lacquer over it or this would just crack it and oxidize etc etc?
thanks..
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on June 17, 2011, 10:12:36 AM
hi tasos...looking good...

dab some black paint in there....then sand flat(block)..one direction...then clearcoat it!..

it'll bring out the etch nice..more defined!...
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: tasos on June 17, 2011, 03:23:08 PM
i like that it is not one color....there is some dark and some bright grey...
would i have a problem this way?cracking the clear coat or something?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on June 17, 2011, 05:12:40 PM
ok...itl go a little darker anyway with clear...

just spray light coats at first...make sure its really clean though......get a toothbrush in there....

use a block to sand it as well...get rid of those diagonal scratches... ;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: .Mike on June 17, 2011, 05:18:17 PM
...make sure its really clean though......get a toothbrush in there....

Depending on what you use to clean, you may end up removing the oxidation that you like.

I know that acetone will discolor/remove the oxidation.

Mike
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: tasos on June 17, 2011, 05:34:04 PM
i will paint it black then...i don't want trouble! ;D
and yeah definitely going to sand this properly! ;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: dromilious on June 21, 2011, 05:57:30 PM
This is a Distortion i made.
(http://i55.tinypic.com/s6ipa1.jpg)

(http://i52.tinypic.com/otdxdf.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: mikemaddux on June 21, 2011, 10:00:09 PM
(http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/oo252/mikemaddux/FunctionalArtPiece1SHO-1.jpg)

First pedal in a long time.....had to take some time off for life..   :D

This is the first pedal in my "Functional Art" series of pedals.  It incorporates an old well known optical illusion picture.

Can you tell me what you see in this etched graphic?  :icon_question: :icon_question: :icon_question:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Perrow on June 22, 2011, 03:16:40 AM
Can you tell me what you see in this etched graphic?  :icon_question: :icon_question: :icon_question:

I see 'em both, but it took a while to see the older woman (seen it before but it was a while ago).
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on June 22, 2011, 05:10:54 AM
@dromilous...i really like the fish!.... (theres been a few fish lately...dunno why)..cool.

@mike..i can only see the old bag....? does this mean i have Attention deficit dis........................ ::) :P :icon_cool: :icon_eek: :icon_sad:. :icon_mrgreen:

edit :ohhh ohhh ohh....i see it now....young bird turning her head..with a furry coat!.... :icon_cool:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: glops on June 23, 2011, 12:07:49 AM
My favorite etch so far
(http://www.aronnelson.com/gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=45487&g2_serialNumber=1)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Slade on June 23, 2011, 01:08:21 AM
That looks awesome, glops, fantastic.

@dromilious, the backside fish came out great, I like it a lot.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on June 23, 2011, 05:55:54 AM
^ glops. came out brilliant...nice style...man!... :icon_cool: :icon_cool: :icon_cool:

i like the 'antique' style of the blank space too...nice
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: dromilious on June 23, 2011, 08:45:28 AM
thanks slade.i used your etching guide.I need more practice for deeper etches.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: glops on June 23, 2011, 12:44:31 PM
Thanks guys!  I love this one.  I love reverse etching and using the ugliness as an aesthetic. 
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: tuckster on June 24, 2011, 01:17:58 PM
The fish and the fuzzrite are very nice!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: dromilious on July 01, 2011, 05:16:56 PM
some etches i made today .enjoy!
(http://i53.tinypic.com/10hvccj.jpg)
(http://i53.tinypic.com/29xyxyc.jpg)

(http://i55.tinypic.com/2ztm7g9.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: frequencycentral on July 09, 2011, 11:16:35 AM
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/967492/28%20three.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: dromilious on July 10, 2011, 06:22:02 PM
you are years ahead man! How do you make these clear etches?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on July 12, 2011, 10:07:03 AM
^ cool etches rick!.. nice n clean...

heres my 'unfinished' lightwah...(waiting on a spdt on/on...) :icon_rolleyes:


(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P120711_16.52.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: DavidGiandiletti on July 15, 2011, 01:29:31 AM
Not An etched enclosure, but an etched nameplate

(http://i592.photobucket.com/albums/tt5/davidgiandiletti/DSCN1959.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on July 15, 2011, 06:04:51 AM
^ nice.  :icon_cool:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ugly_guitar_guy on July 16, 2011, 03:44:36 AM
Not An etched enclosure, but an etched nameplate

(http://i592.photobucket.com/albums/tt5/davidgiandiletti/DSCN1959.jpg)

How did you get the pitting on the enclosure finish?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: DavidGiandiletti on July 16, 2011, 08:54:04 AM
Not An etched enclosure, but an etched nameplate

(http://i592.photobucket.com/albums/tt5/davidgiandiletti/DSCN1959.jpg)

How did you get the pitting on the enclosure finish?

It's a silver vain powder coat
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: A.Gillies on July 16, 2011, 10:04:43 AM
Not An etched enclosure, but an etched nameplate

(http://i592.photobucket.com/albums/tt5/davidgiandiletti/DSCN1959.jpg)

What is the nameplate made out of? Aluminum?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: DavidGiandiletti on July 18, 2011, 11:20:55 PM
What is the nameplate made out of? Aluminum?

It is, I'm lucky enough to work for the family metal business and have access to a shear.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on July 19, 2011, 05:10:39 AM
^very lucky, can you make enclosures?... :icon_cool:

edit: just thought i'd post the finished pedal.. ::)
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P140711_12.32.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: A.Gillies on July 19, 2011, 06:31:59 AM
What is the nameplate made out of? Aluminum?

It is, I'm lucky enough to work for the family metal business and have access to a shear.

Thanks! You're pretty lucky!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: DavidGiandiletti on July 19, 2011, 08:41:41 PM
^very lucky, can you make enclosures?... :icon_cool:

I CAN but it's a huge pain and I really have no time.

btw that is one of the cleanest etches I've seen.

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: T-Flex on July 23, 2011, 06:19:28 PM
Tube Screamer and Phase 90 clone
(http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g51/zibrazibra/CreamerFront.jpg) (http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g51/zibrazibra/CreamerGuts.jpg)

(http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g51/zibrazibra/RayGunFront.jpg) (http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g51/zibrazibra/RayGunGuts-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: frequencycentral on July 25, 2011, 07:15:05 AM
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/967492/MOMC/MC3.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on July 26, 2011, 09:48:15 AM
nice work guys: :icon_cool:

my first reverse etch...sort of...
.thinking of using as an AB switcher...led eyes etc...maybe.not sure yet!... ::)


(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P260711_13.50.jpg)

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P260711_13.53%5B01%5D.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: dromilious on August 05, 2011, 12:43:33 PM
Here is a silicon bender (http://i53.tinypic.com/mbk9ix.jpg)
From back (http://i53.tinypic.com/zmje5v.jpg)

My new solution is so strong.For the first image it took only 2 minutes to etch it.The enclosure was so hot that i could barely touch it.For the pcbs it takes only some seconds !!!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Yorick on August 05, 2011, 04:05:36 PM
My new solution is so strong.For the first image it took only 2 minutes to etch it.The enclosure was so hot that i could barely touch it.For the pcbs it takes only some seconds !!!
You lunatic!  :icon_mrgreen:
Don't you have any negative side effects?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Keppy on August 07, 2011, 01:50:25 AM
My second etch (1590D)
(http://i1221.photobucket.com/albums/dd480/KepFX/Pedals/file-12.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: jbgron on August 07, 2011, 07:53:22 PM
A few of my latest etches....

(http://img109.imageshack.us/img109/6230/screwdrivers.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/109/screwdrivers.jpg/)

(http://img6.imageshack.us/img6/1879/univibe.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/6/univibe.jpg/)

(http://img651.imageshack.us/img651/1459/dverb.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/651/dverb.jpg/)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: dromilious on August 08, 2011, 03:39:18 AM
So nice etches.I like the brushes you have used.Nice work!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on August 08, 2011, 03:43:08 AM
yeah cool work guys...very nice.

@KEPPY.weve got to have a video demo of the phaze II... :icon_wink:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Keppy on August 08, 2011, 10:57:27 AM
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: amptramp on August 08, 2011, 04:12:55 PM
From back (http://i53.tinypic.com/zmje5v.jpg)

My new solution is so strong.For the first image it took only 2 minutes to etch it.The enclosure was so hot that i could barely touch it.For the pcbs it takes only some seconds !!!

I am getting an interesting optical illusion here - at first glance, it looked like the nearest ear hole was an eye and the darkening on the inner edge of the ear looked like the other eye in profile.  The rat eyes looked like a mouth.  The jacket looked like an ear hanging down like a dog's ear.  Entertaining.  Actually, the back cover art is sometimes the best.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: .Mike on August 18, 2011, 08:27:05 PM
Here's the etch I did for a booster I am building:

(http://img651.imageshack.us/img651/3585/cat3boosterraw.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/651/cat3boosterraw.jpg/)

The enclosure started as part of a powdercoated dent-n-scratch assortment that I bought here. It turned out I got 8 green and 2 blue, so I am sanding down some of the greens and using them bare.

I think it's my best etch yet. The top etch was perfect, but I made the same mistake I made last time. I didn't give enough time for the enamel to dry. The enclosure heated up, the enamel melted, and all the edges were pitted. I had to reshape the edges of the enclosure to remove the pitting. I think it looks pretty good.

The etch on the front edge was very difficult to transfer. It took me 2 separate redesigns, and 8 tries at transferring before I got it right. It came out perfect, though. I haven't even sanded it yet, just wiped with acetone.

The paint scheme is going to be an assortment of blues to go with the hurricane theme.

Mike
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on August 18, 2011, 08:29:59 PM
great looking etch mike.....nice design too.... :icon_cool: :icon_cool: :icon_cool:


i keep wondering what a shaded design would come out like, i always do bold stuff....but shading would be cool...if it didn't mess it up.. ::)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: .Mike on August 18, 2011, 08:44:46 PM
Thanks.

Here's a detail shot of the front etch.

(http://img37.imageshack.us/img37/396/cat3boosterraw2.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/37/cat3boosterraw2.jpg/)

I can't wait to get this thing built. :)

Mike
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: .Mike on August 24, 2011, 08:06:44 PM
Am I the only one working on etched enclosures this week? Heh...! :D

Here's the paint for my Category 3 Booster:

(http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/1782/cat3boosterpaint2.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/822/cat3boosterpaint2.jpg/) (http://img263.imageshack.us/img263/8055/cat3boosterpaint1.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/263/cat3boosterpaint1.jpg/)

I did all the detail work first, and sprayed the big area last. The main fill area is Rustoleum spray enamel, and the rest is Testors enamel that I mixed into varying shades, and then dabbed on with a brush. There actually is a pattern to the order of the border colors, but you'll never figure it out. $5 donation to DIYSB in the name of the first person who does. :P

I tape, paint, and then hold my enclosures overnight at probably about 150 degrees. That fully cures the enamel, and levels out any brush strokes.

I just finished sanding off the spray from the high spots. I laid the spray paint on sort of thick (intentionally), and the sanding left a bit of scuffing. I am rebaking it now, hoping it will semi-liquify and smooth back out. If it doesn't, I hope the gloss enamel I plan on spraying will melt it enough to hide the scuff marks.

Oh yeah, and I'm still tidying up the layout. I hope to etch the board and get it built this weekend. Hopefully I'll have a finished pedal by Monday, and I think I am going to try my hand at a video demo.

I'll be posting the project files once I have it built and verified for anyone who wants to build one for their own use. I also have an extra set of enclosure transfers, and I'll make an extra set of PCB transfers. I will gladly send those to one of the more experienced etchers here, if one of you wants to build one (no offense to beginner etchers, this was very difficult to etch and paint).

More to come!

Mike
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: davent on August 24, 2011, 08:40:00 PM
Great looking work .Mike!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: glops on August 24, 2011, 11:32:45 PM
Am I the only one working on etched enclosures this week? Heh...! :D

Here's the paint for my Category 3 Booster:

(http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/1782/cat3boosterpaint2.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/822/cat3boosterpaint2.jpg/) (http://img263.imageshack.us/img263/8055/cat3boosterpaint1.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/263/cat3boosterpaint1.jpg/)

I did all the detail work first, and sprayed the big area last. The main fill area is Rustoleum spray enamel, and the rest is Testors enamel that I mixed into varying shades, and then dabbed on with a brush. There actually is a pattern to the order of the border colors, but you'll never figure it out. $5 donation to DIYSB in the name of the first person who does. :P

I tape, paint, and then hold my enclosures overnight at probably about 150 degrees. That fully cures the enamel, and levels out any brush strokes.

I just finished sanding off the spray from the high spots. I laid the spray paint on sort of thick (intentionally), and the sanding left a bit of scuffing. I am rebaking it now, hoping it will semi-liquify and smooth back out. If it doesn't, I hope the gloss enamel I plan on spraying will melt it enough to hide the scuff marks.

Oh yeah, and I'm still tidying up the layout. I hope to etch the board and get it built this weekend. Hopefully I'll have a finished pedal by Monday, and I think I am going to try my hand at a video demo.

I'll be posting the project files once I have it built and verified for anyone who wants to build one for their own use. I also have an extra set of enclosure transfers, and I'll make an extra set of PCB transfers. I will gladly send those to one of the more experienced etchers here, if one of you wants to build one (no offense to beginner etchers, this was very difficult to etch and paint).

More to come!

Mike

That's gonna be great! I love the tiles on the edges.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on August 25, 2011, 06:20:48 AM
looking good mike, very nice...

is it morse code round the edge?....do i win?.... ;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: darron on August 25, 2011, 08:53:37 AM
edit: crap. posted in the wrong thread!

back to it.... wear goggles! i had a twitch for like three years in one eye....
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: frequencycentral on August 28, 2011, 01:38:24 PM
Today I sanded, toner transferred, etched, drilled, sanded, toner transferred, etched, drilled, sanded, toner transferred, etched, drilled, sanded, toner transferred, etched, drilled...............

I'll @#$%in filthy, I need a shower......

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/967492/Faaaaaaaaaaaaaaack%21.jpg)

And here's last week's cheesecake:

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/967492/Gemini/G1.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on August 28, 2011, 01:56:55 PM
lazy sod!... ;D  looks great , its worth the hard work though eh!... ;) :icon_cool:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: .Mike on August 28, 2011, 02:01:34 PM
Hey Rick, your boxes look a lot rougher than mine do when you're done etching.

What grit do you sand to, and are you sanding by hand, or are you using a power sander?

OT: Is that a terrazzo floor? I've been thinking about trying to duplicate that on a pedal.

Mike
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: John Lyons on August 28, 2011, 02:40:39 PM
This deserves to be big here.  :icon_biggrin: Nice one Mike!

(http://img263.imageshack.us/img263/8055/cat3boosterpaint1.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: .Mike on August 28, 2011, 02:44:07 PM
Thanks! :D

I used buffing compound and elbow grease, and smoothed all the minor scuffing out of the big blue area. It looks smooth now.

I'm working on finishing the layout right now, and hope to etch and build this evening. :)

Mike
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on August 28, 2011, 02:45:18 PM
@mike.  is it morse code then?...
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: .Mike on August 28, 2011, 02:53:51 PM
Hehe... no, sorry. It's not Morse Code. There is no message. I did generate the sizes of the tiles using a random number generator, since my attempts at trying to make them random didn't look random at all.

I did the same for the paint, but it also didn't look random. I found a pattern that ended up looking more random than I was able to fake. It was out of necessity-- I didn't want to clean my brush after every tile... heh! You'll never guess, so I'll explain it when I'm done. :P

Mike
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: frequencycentral on August 28, 2011, 05:32:52 PM
Hey Rick, your boxes look a lot rougher than mine do when you're done etching.

What grit do you sand to, and are you sanding by hand, or are you using a power sander?

OT: Is that a terrazzo floor? I've been thinking about trying to duplicate that on a pedal.

Mike

I'm sanding by hand. I'm aiming for 'flat as quick as possible' and not 'shine', so yeah I use coarse paper. That last batch of four was done with 100 grit. The Gemini was done with 100 then 320. I'm not really bothered about them being all see-your-face-in-it, I just want it flat enough to take a transfer well. I also sand again post-etching, to remove any last traces of toner which the wire wool doesn't catch. Coarse has it's own charm.

Your etch is beautiful .Mike!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: m@ster k@frer on October 14, 2011, 05:40:03 PM
(http://img809.imageshack.us/img809/6095/13102011761.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/809/13102011761.jpg/)


(http://img5.imageshack.us/img5/678/13102011763.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/5/13102011763.jpg/)

Here are two little boxes waiting to house an always on buffer circuithopefully I'll have them finished during the weekend...
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Greenmachine on October 14, 2011, 05:41:40 PM
Wow .Mike.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: .Mike on October 14, 2011, 07:21:55 PM
Wow .Mike.

Heh... thanks. Unfortunately, that has been set aside for a bit due to some homeowner-related events not of my choosing. It's 95% done, though-- just have to clearcoat it, and work out a couple last bugs. Finished pics soon, I hope. :)

Mike

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: CrazyTrain on October 17, 2011, 05:24:35 PM
Hi guys. It's generally my first post here since I started to read diystbxs (that's gonna be a year and a half or even two), so I just put some of my etches here.

(http://img713.imageshack.us/img713/8905/fire2a.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/713/fire2a.jpg/)
(http://img703.imageshack.us/img703/9766/revolver4.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/703/revolver4.jpg/)
(http://img847.imageshack.us/img847/4052/bb4e.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/847/bb4e.jpg/)
(http://img97.imageshack.us/img97/9392/hydra1ik.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/97/hydra1ik.jpg/)
(http://img850.imageshack.us/img850/2504/angel1q.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/850/angel1q.jpg/)
(http://www.crazytrain.pl/img/groozzerr5.jpg)

Just wanna to say that I'm very impressed by fabulous pieces of art presented here.

Greetings from Poland  :)
Darrex
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on October 17, 2011, 07:19:08 PM
@crazytrain, cool builds man...i really like that revolver one... :icon_cool: :icon_cool: :icon_cool:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: CrazyTrain on October 18, 2011, 07:08:39 PM
Thanks. That's all-in-one overdrive/distortion based on Fulldrive, but with range from Vox AC/Fender to Mesa-like hi-gain.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: dromilious on October 31, 2011, 03:57:07 PM
Today i Built this Booster.Due to the cold weather my etchant didnt work so fast.I guess i have to keep it warm next time.I used a lamp to heat it a bit .Enjoy!(http://i41.tinypic.com/282qlhy.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: scuzzphut on November 16, 2011, 02:53:58 PM
^very lucky, can you make enclosures?... :icon_cool:

edit: just thought i'd post the finished pedal.. ::)
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P140711_12.32.jpg)

Great job here - I'm super impressed.

How's the pedal in operation ?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: nexekho on November 16, 2011, 03:29:22 PM
Like this:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: LaceSensor on November 20, 2011, 11:24:13 AM
Pales in comparison to work done here, but this is my first attempt at an enclosure etch,
I just got into making PCBs and now tried the enclosure

(http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x374/LaceSensor1/New%201590bs/IMG_3442.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on November 21, 2011, 02:06:32 AM
@lace, thats really good for a first etch..., you should've seen my first one... :icon_redface: ;)...

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: darron on November 21, 2011, 04:34:15 AM
posting this in both threads:

sorry it's just a pic off my phone. already posted in the mail.

the enclosure was done by Mark O'Shea and fitted with my optical tremolo guts (:

(http://www.dazatronyx.com/custom-shop/cowboytrem.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Perrow on November 21, 2011, 04:45:03 AM
posting this in both threads:

sorry it's just a pic off my phone. already posted in the mail.

the enclosure was done by Mark O'Shea and fitted with my optical tremolo guts (:

(http://www.dazatronyx.com/custom-shop/cowboytrem.jpg)

Now, off to Alice Springs for some shots (pun intended) of that with some sand in the background (better make it black and white photos, the red sand wouldn't seem fitting).

Like it a lot.

Edit: Spelling, seems like seams wasn't the word I was looking for.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: CrazyTrain on November 21, 2011, 11:32:27 AM
Nice story on that box. Is enyone survived? ;) I hope no birds were harmed during... ;)

Here's my latest (not finished yet) box:


(http://crazytrain.pl/galeria/var/resizes/Efekty-gitarowe-CrazyTrain/CrazyTrain-Moonlight/ml1.jpg?m=1321880314)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: tasos on November 21, 2011, 01:45:55 PM
(http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcR7kyQmcdJJQQcSIVqOzMRZAOm6dnny4PPMilFaTQrxxGWo1q7_xMkug0fb)


Your tremolo really reminds me this pic! ;D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: retro414 on November 23, 2011, 05:34:22 AM
posting this in both threads:

sorry it's just a pic off my phone. already posted in the mail.

the enclosure was done by Mark O'Shea and fitted with my optical tremolo guts (:

(http://www.dazatronyx.com/custom-shop/cowboytrem.jpg)

Now, off to Alice Springs for some shots (pun intended) of that with some sand in the background (better make it black and white photos, the red sand wouldn't seem fitting).

Like it a lot.

Edit: Spelling, seems like seams wasn't the word I was looking for.
Hey,
This pedal will be in my Post Office Box tomorrow.
Can't wait to get it.
It's The opening scene from the best western of all time...
"Once Upon a Time in the West" Charles Bronson/Henry Fonda.
Only one of the three cowboys in this scene survives and as I added the crows........ they live.
Darron's Optical Trem is a super sweet sounding trem it's been great working with him on this.
Cheers
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: retro414 on November 23, 2011, 03:37:33 PM
Couple of other etches I have done :
ACDC........ Darron T did the guts, I did the enclosure.
The "B" pedal is a GGG Blues Breaker I did and it worked well, pretty good pedal.
(http://i1237.photobucket.com/albums/ff475/retro414/ACDCa.jpg)
(http://i1237.photobucket.com/albums/ff475/retro414/BBreaker1.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: tasos on November 23, 2011, 04:02:53 PM
Awesome! ;D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: dromilious on November 23, 2011, 04:35:06 PM
Today i made 2 etches.Enjoy.
(http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/s720x720/315573_10150398340851137_535261136_8407442_698998680_n.jpg)
(http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/382681_10150398342401137_535261136_8407453_1290763656_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pettol on November 23, 2011, 04:43:21 PM
My first etches: a fuzz and an auto wah.

(http://img411.imageshack.us/img411/9365/dwcb.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on November 28, 2011, 08:43:59 PM
cool work guys :icon_cool:

forgot to post this one!... ;)

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P161111_00.19%5B01%5D.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: object88 on November 29, 2011, 01:34:39 AM
The "B" pedal is a GGG Blues Breaker I did and it worked well, pretty good pedal.
(http://i1237.photobucket.com/albums/ff475/retro414/BBreaker1.jpg)

Wow, I am impressed by this.  That's a pretty great design.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Strange on December 02, 2011, 08:32:22 PM
My latest and an experiment with sanding.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v89/Troublestarter/PJsComp-Boost1.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: nicofx on December 03, 2011, 07:11:13 AM
My latest and an experiment with sanding.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v89/Troublestarter/PJsComp-Boost1.jpg)
^^^--- Very nice!!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ugly_guitar_guy on December 03, 2011, 03:47:23 PM
My latest and an experiment with sanding.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v89/Troublestarter/PJsComp-Boost1.jpg)

Wow, that fricken rules. Great design and paint/sanding scheme.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Strange on December 03, 2011, 05:53:21 PM
Thanks for the kind words. I am still new to etching - the new etch is my fifth attempt. Here are my etches in chronological order:


(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v89/Troublestarter/OwlFuzz.jpg)

Fuzz Factory

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v89/Troublestarter/TheScream.jpg)

Modded/Stripped TS808

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v89/Troublestarter/CobraDrive.jpg)

Modded/Tuned/Stripped High Gain TS808

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v89/Troublestarter/CobRat.jpg)

Proco Rat (Tuned for Bass)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v89/Troublestarter/PJsComp-Boost1.jpg)

MXR DynaComp and Clean Boost
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Strange on December 03, 2011, 06:23:45 PM
Thanks so much to the forum and its contributing members for the knowledge and willingness to share.

While I am obviously still a beginer I would offer to those just starting out my humble advice: Focus on the preparation of your enclosure. When you think you have prep sanded enough sand more! After that, more sanding! The enclosure needs to be free of any and all surface imperfections and be as flat as possible. I have also found that PNP Blue with additional nail polish over as much of the unexposed areas as possible maximizes your chances of a clean and 'burn free' etch.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: John Lyons on December 03, 2011, 07:03:59 PM
oops, wrong thread...thought there was a Lot of etching in the pics thread... :icon_rolleyes:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Strange on December 25, 2011, 03:53:22 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v89/Troublestarter/FJBRaider.jpg)

Built as an Xmas gift for a big Raiders fan.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: roseblood11 on December 25, 2011, 06:41:55 PM
I only etched two pedals, because it's too much work. One of them made it to the Catalinbread website :-)

(http://forum.musikding.de/cpg/albums/userpics/23524/Dirty_Little_Secret.jpg)

(http://forum.musikding.de/cpg/albums/userpics/23524/OD-1.jpg)

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Strange on December 26, 2011, 01:39:56 PM
Nice, roseblood. Is that a 14 pin OD-1?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: dromilious on January 11, 2012, 04:44:26 PM
Heres my latest.one reverb and one ts808hw point to point.
(http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/409313_134686343314860_100003204848595_157755_1297372588_n.jpg)
(http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/403691_134686713314823_100003204848595_157757_134670431_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: roseblood11 on January 11, 2012, 08:13:50 PM
Nice, roseblood. Is that a 14 pin OD-1?

It's a Black Cat OD-1, not a Boss OD-1... Very dynamic clipping based on a OP275, no diodes.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on January 14, 2012, 06:36:52 PM
a sneaky peek preview of the spitfire v3..it'll have 3mm red/orange eyes like the original too... :icon_cool:. ;)

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P140112_17.30%5B01%5D.jpg)
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P140112_17.31.jpg)
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P140112_17.34%5B02%5D.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: jubal81 on January 31, 2012, 03:41:34 AM

Really impressive stuff, guys. I've done a few,
but I'm wondering if you guys think this complicated art can make a good etch.


(http://cl.ly/2y2m1L0A2E140d0p3R2D/King%20Log2.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on January 31, 2012, 04:34:23 AM
@hi jubal,  shading?....hmmm....ive never tried it....that might be a problem when it comes to etch imo...

i stick to solid bold lines....i'd be interested to see how a shaded etch comes out though!!!!...i bet slade has tried it.. ;)


but at the end of the day , i don't think its a good idea!!!...stick to bold stuff!... ;)

you may be better off sanding box, ironing image, then clearcoating instead....

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: tasos on January 31, 2012, 07:56:01 AM
Really nice jubal!
What software did you use? ;D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: g. on January 31, 2012, 11:33:32 AM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7152/6789311239_3e52daf3bb_b.jpg)
fet preamp
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on January 31, 2012, 11:38:04 AM
@ g : i saw that nice! , it reminded me of your wasp' pic... really great etch btw....was there shading on that, or did you rub/sand it out..... it looks well cool... :icon_cool:

http://www.diystompboxes.com/smfforum/index.php?topic=85803.msg732021#msg732021

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: g. on January 31, 2012, 12:05:06 PM
@ deadastranaut !
thanks !

no shades, just plain ink
i use photoshop and i use only straight B&W .

wasp was made with paper magazine and  ferric chloride
and this one with muriatic acid / hydrogen peroxide with vinyl stickers.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on January 31, 2012, 12:21:07 PM
cool, that etch suits the leaf 'vein' pattern...

when i etch, i'm always tempted to dab in a bit of  paint, but really they look cool as f... a'u naturale after etching.....although i 'm tempted to try some translucent colours...just to see underneath/metal gradient too.... :icon_cool: :icon_cool: :icon_cool:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Earthscum on February 02, 2012, 08:50:51 PM

Really impressive stuff, guys. I've done a few,
but I'm wondering if you guys think this complicated art can make a good etch.


Depends on how sneaky you are with your pixelation. I failed on this one, but it still turned out good:

(http://img121.imageshack.us/img121/9689/fuzzyhoover.jpg)

From THIS:

(http://img191.imageshack.us/img191/3771/fuzzyhooverpic.gif)

Which was converted from THIS:

(http://img826.imageshack.us/img826/4461/dsc0057sj.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on February 08, 2012, 01:04:24 PM
whoooooooooooOOOOOOOOooooooooo (theremin sound).....whoooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooo

couple of delays i'm building....etched today...whooooooOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooo.....watch the skies!!!!!!..... ;)

the alien head will have green led eyes.....whhhhhhooooooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooo...................

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P080212_17.42.jpg)
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P080212_17.41.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: tasos on February 08, 2012, 02:18:11 PM
Great job dude ;D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: .Mike on February 08, 2012, 04:43:58 PM
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P080212_17.42.jpg)

VERY nice! I particularly like the beams coming off the saucers. Did you draw it yourself?

How much of your transfer do you paint over before etching?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on February 09, 2012, 03:38:58 AM
@mike, this is how it started off as a clipart i found......i redrew the saucers, buildings, etc.....and added a couple of humans....and a moon...good old inkscape.. ;)

i only paint round the edge of the box....i should leave open areas to paint and save on toner, but i always forget....


during this cold weather, ive taken to etching in a plastic bowl, which is placed in hot water in my sink....the etching is much more reactive.. ;)

i'll get round to a 'video' tutorial one day...if my video soft takes 3gp vid...

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/ufo-invasion_Clipart_Free.png)

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: .Mike on February 09, 2012, 08:26:17 PM
Cool. It looks really good. I really like how the one guy is in front of the skyline. :)


Here is one that is fresh out of the acid. I just finished it about 15 minutes ago:

(http://img836.imageshack.us/img836/9223/phaseshiftetch.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/836/phaseshiftetch.jpg/)

It is puzzling that I can do fine details, like the outlined text for the words "Phase Shift" but I can't do the stinking straight line along the top without getting pitting. I haven't figured it out, but I am pretty sure I am narrowing it down. It's either the transfer medium (dollar store photo paper), sanding too smooth (nothing to grip), or, most likely, the etchant is too mild. Even with heating, it takes forever. That allows time for the acid to absorb into the paper embedded in the toner, which causes the pitting... I think. Stronger peroxide (and more safety equipment) is in order.

Here is the drawing of what I wanted it to look like:

(http://img201.imageshack.us/img201/5937/phaseshiftdrawing.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/201/phaseshiftdrawing.jpg/)

It's going to be a Phase 90, so I'm going to paint it in an orange gradient. Not sure on the text color, or the stars. Black knobs, jacks on top.

Now to finish the board...  :)

Mike
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on February 10, 2012, 03:00:27 AM
looks great, that'll be nice orange and black..classic... :icon_cool: yeah i know what you mean about text versus lines...weird eh?...

many variables to that, ..as you say...

i use 180 grit paper to start with, really grippy.....my image is printed on 150gsm photopaper (toner save settings off), iron on hottest (linen) (not for too long actually..just till the box is untouchable.

peel off when cooled..rinse, rub off any residue..i let it dry, then pick any residue out with a pin/tiny screwdriver, nail varnish edges...tape up and matchsticks..

i do make a strong ferric solution and do 2 boxes at a time...heat definately helps..and agitating ...i leave it in till the edges go rusty, and bubbling ceases a little...

rinse, and then i use a toothbrush to scrub out detail, then a used piece of 600 with a block...so as not to sand metal off...wash with ho water and washing up liquid,

dry then spray black etc...sand with used 600 again...well thats my long drawn out process, but it works :).... ive had good results with magazine paper, as lond as its only got text on it..no colour parts...

i look forward to seeing yours done...it'll be cool...ive never made a phase 90..only 45.... :icon_cool:


Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: .Mike on February 13, 2012, 05:54:11 PM
Well, here it is, all painted. I'm not particularly happy with the result, due to the pitting, but I am happy with the shades of orange. Not bad, considering I had to mix it all out of red and yellow Testors enamel.

(http://img252.imageshack.us/img252/6057/phaseshiftpainted.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/252/phaseshiftpainted.jpg/)

Thanks for the tips, Rob. On future etches, I'm going to stop at a low-grit paper, and I'm going to use a more aggressive etchant.

Still have to build this thing... heh. :)

Mike
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: kevilay on February 13, 2012, 10:28:27 PM
when you put the case into the plasic container in the acid do you just sit it on the bottom or do you put something in there to lift it up a bit? Do you stir the chloride at all to keep it moving?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: .Mike on February 13, 2012, 10:48:11 PM
I tried the enclosure-in-the acid method, and it didn't work well for me at all. It was just way too aggressive, causing the aluminum to flake off in sheets. And since it is face down, you kind of can't see it.

I have had my best results with either a sponge and a glove, or a toothbrush. I use HCl 31% + H2O2 3%.

Mike

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on February 14, 2012, 02:46:28 AM
@mike: i think it looks great...  custom colour too... :icon_cool:

yeah know what you mean 'just got to build it now'...fiinishing my delay today... ;D


@kev:  i do put my boxes face down in the tub, but i tape bits of matches on the dege of the front to keep it raised off the bottom....but i constantly keep lifting it out and dunking it back in

to agitate it...i find its ready to come out when the silver is black, and it has a little rust around he edges of the details...thats when i whip it out....the box that is.. ;)

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: kevilay on February 14, 2012, 09:18:16 PM
for the images shown, when you put it onto the pedal you must invert the white and black correct? What do you use to do this?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: .Mike on February 14, 2012, 10:07:14 PM
You do your design with the white being the etched part, and the black being the non-etched part. Once you are finished, you flip the image horizontally, and print it.

Your print out should look correct when viewing its reflection in a mirror, or when held up to a bright light and looking through the non-printed side.

This is what my transfer looked like:

(http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/6900/transferexample.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/528/transferexample.jpg/)

I use a very old version of Photoshop and a scanned enclosure. I use layer styles to simulate an etch effect so I get a better idea of what it might look like.

Mike
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on February 15, 2012, 05:55:15 AM
@kevilay:  download inkscape its a free vector graphics prog, its great, it gives really clean edges to your drawings, you can also download amazing fonts at dafont.com

to use in it...

when i first started etching i used a crappy image prog, and the edges were not clean, by clean i mean circles would have jagged edges, etc...but inkscape wont...

inkscape takes a bit of getting used too, but there are plenty of tutorials on youtube for it...

also, i make a blank template for the box 'face' size, 1590b, 1590bb ..etc...then use that...once you've got them sized properly away you go... ;)

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: DocAmplify on February 15, 2012, 09:18:11 PM
My enclosure isn't finished yet, but here's a view of my etching.  I was going for a sharper etch.  The fuzz around the crown and around my lines are errors (although the effect isn't bad). 

To get it a bit closer to what I wanted, I decided to paint it.  I have a coat of primer on now, and I plan on getting some gloss paint into the etched recesses tomorrow night. 

(http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g191/Doc_Roadster/DSC01986.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: guitarmageddon on February 16, 2012, 04:59:35 AM
I too have caught the etching bug...
Here are some of my first.
I posted a few others in the 1590A thread too (http://www.diystompboxes.com/smfforum/index.php?topic=64752.msg834310;topicseen#msg834310).

BYOC Flanger

(http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l524/guitarmageddon9/IMG_7894.jpg)

Super Page Bender

(http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l524/guitarmageddon9/ZosoBender.jpg)

Madbean Darkside

(http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l524/guitarmageddon9/IMG_8053.jpg)

Madbean Cup Cake (orange squeezer)

(http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l524/guitarmageddon9/IMG_8080.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on February 16, 2012, 05:01:47 AM
cool stuff... love those old pics of scantily clad women..betty page etc.... ;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Strange on March 03, 2012, 09:25:46 PM
(http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l524/guitarmageddon9/IMG_8080.jpg)[/quote

Really dig this one.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Strange on March 03, 2012, 09:31:27 PM
My latest - Two Headed Fuzz - classic FuzzFace with bias adjustment - vintage looking componets and carbon comp resistors on a turret board. I was going for a distressed/reliced look but i need alot more practice.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v89/Troublestarter/THF-5.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v89/Troublestarter/THF1.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on March 04, 2012, 10:34:07 AM
^ etched?.. :)

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Strange on March 04, 2012, 10:48:46 AM
^ etched?.. :)



Yup.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on March 04, 2012, 11:21:06 AM
so the bird is raised?...then painted?. :)

or bird is recessed black then paint rollered red over?... looks cool btw.. :icon_cool:...
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Strange on March 04, 2012, 12:41:18 PM
The bird was recessed - I etched it, painted the entire thing red, taped off everything but the bird, painted the bird area, sanded accordingly. After the black paint the bird is almost flush with the rest of the enclosure.

I am still experimenting with different techniques and learning - this was an attempt to be able to better control my sanding with the distress/relic motif. Again, I need lots of practice.  ;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: texstrat on March 04, 2012, 10:17:46 PM
Has anyone had any success etching an enclosure that has already been drilled? Treating the edges of the the holes with nail varnish and taping them off?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Strange on March 04, 2012, 10:21:15 PM
I have done it before although I just taped over the holes (overlapping s few times) and it worked fine.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: texstrat on March 04, 2012, 10:59:31 PM
Thanks Strange.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Strange on March 04, 2012, 11:01:35 PM
Not a problem - I did not coat the holes as I figured it would be a pain to try and clean it afterwards. That, and it was a simple three hole accross the top and a foot switch. The etch was in the centre so taping over the holes was quick and easy.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on March 05, 2012, 01:12:27 PM
thought i'd try fibre optics... :icon_idea:

need to redo it, but you get the idea!...it should look cool when its cleaned up and  done...properly.   ;)

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P050312_18.01.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Govmnt_Lacky on March 05, 2012, 01:24:11 PM
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P050312_18.01.jpg)

Something to really get you going Rob...

How about the spaceship lights changing from one color to another as the dirt gets "grittier."

To make it look like the ships are firing on the innocent people  8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: artifus on March 05, 2012, 02:06:47 PM
nice idea, gov, and good work rob. you could rig up one of your 386 sound to light circuits (with a trimmer on the input?) and different coloured leds (one colour input, another for delay?) connected to the fibre optics? lookin' good.

Quote from: invaders from mars
it could happen tomorrow!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on March 06, 2012, 04:11:54 AM
cool ideas guys...

yeah might go with the 386 idea...those fibres are a fiddly job to do....the box ruined about 7 of my 0.6mm bits too.....

so i won't be doing this too often.. ::)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: endorphin on March 17, 2012, 05:07:30 PM
To you guys and to any ladies ;) have been really inspiring so I decided to try my first etch!

(http://i1169.photobucket.com/albums/r518/shorty65mustang/Guitarstuff010.jpg)

(http://i1169.photobucket.com/albums/r518/shorty65mustang/Guitarstuff017.jpg)

(http://i1169.photobucket.com/albums/r518/shorty65mustang/Guitarstuff018.jpg)

I'm rather happy with it but I couldn't get it to get it to etch as deep as I've seen on others  ???
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: jwar on March 17, 2012, 07:56:46 PM
Hey guys! I have a few quick questions.

First and foremost, Deadastronaut-where did you get the fiber optics? I would LOVE to do this in a pedal I'm working on.


Second question. I too have the etching bug. What do you guys do with the etchant after you've used it? It's my understanding that you cannot re-use it? Is that true? If so, what's a proper way of getting rid of it? Also, is there somewhere to order larger quantities of it? I know Radio Shack carries PCB etchant, which is what I've been using, but it seems expensive when you're etching a lot.

Here's what I've done so far.

Darth Vader done for a member on ILF

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g20/ahartley/photobucket-608-1330299756424.jpg)

Robot Devil kit (this one didn't turn out as good as I had hoped)
(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g20/ahartley/2012-02-01_09-50-24_291.jpg)

Woolly Mammoth clone
(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g20/ahartley/2012-01-15_16-49-53_834.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: tasos on March 18, 2012, 07:28:11 AM
lol i read MILF  :D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: DocAmplify on March 18, 2012, 08:49:55 AM
I just finished etching a Vader enclosure too. 

This one is a Bazz Fuzz circuit, but I've added a toggle to go between the suggested capacitor for the bass and a smaller one for guitar. 

(http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g191/Doc_Roadster/DSC02173.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on March 18, 2012, 11:28:39 AM
@jwar:  i bought a fibre optic  lamp for a quid at a poundland shop.... ;)

it looks good, but its a pain in the butt to do...


Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: kingnimrod on March 18, 2012, 11:38:36 AM
(http://www.sleepwalk.com/guitar/gristle.jpg)

Have to go back and fill in a few of the shallower lines. Ok for a first experiment.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Strange on March 19, 2012, 08:56:25 AM
Second question. I too have the etching bug. What do you guys do with the etchant after you've used it? It's my understanding that you cannot re-use it? Is that true? If so, what's a proper way of getting rid of it? Also, is there somewhere to order larger quantities of it? I know Radio Shack carries PCB etchant, which is what I've been using, but it seems expensive when you're etching a lot.

If you are using Feric Chloride you can and should reuse it many times.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Maik on March 19, 2012, 10:21:19 AM
(http://img46.imageshack.us/img46/8248/bilders2048.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/46/bilders2048.jpg/)

Just the Spitfire from Rob...
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on March 19, 2012, 10:25:01 AM
cool, they have got to have led eyes..... :icon_twisted: :icon_twisted: :icon_twisted:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: jwar on March 19, 2012, 11:06:04 AM
Second question. I too have the etching bug. What do you guys do with the etchant after you've used it? It's my understanding that you cannot re-use it? Is that true? If so, what's a proper way of getting rid of it? Also, is there somewhere to order larger quantities of it? I know Radio Shack carries PCB etchant, which is what I've been using, but it seems expensive when you're etching a lot.

If you are using Feric Chloride you can and should reuse it many times.

Oh ok. Well, it's just sitting in Tupperware in my garage right now. When I used it again, I no it didn't seem to work as well, but it was also a colder day. I think I need to put a space heater in my garage. Good to know at any rate. 
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: pakrat on March 24, 2012, 07:18:18 PM
jwar, the ferric chloride works much faster if it's warm. I usually put my tupperware in a larger tupperware with hot water in it to warm the etchant. It works very well! Here's my latest etch for a Small Stone build that nearly killed me:


(http://www.aronnelson.com/gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=47290&g2_serialNumber=1)][/img]
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: tasos on March 25, 2012, 07:36:27 AM
Come on!
Tell us more about the accident! :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Earthscum on March 25, 2012, 07:42:25 PM
@pakrat: The tip of his gun is crooked. I hate it when I slam the end of my gun in a door.  :icon_redface:

(just joking, of course  ;D )
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: pakrat on March 25, 2012, 08:48:51 PM
Hah! It would be nice if I could find a crooked led to put in there.....
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: jwar on March 26, 2012, 05:33:20 PM
So not a completely finished pedal, but I'm pretty proud of this etch. My cousin LOVES Donald Trump...yea...seriously. So he asked me to put a super fuzz in this huge box for him with this design. God I hope Trump doesn't find this and sue me. hahah...seriously.


(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g20/ahartley/photobucket-690-1332726596815.jpg)

the acid got on the inside of the box a little bit!!!!!
(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g20/ahartley/photobucket-1465-1332726646825.jpg)

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g20/ahartley/photobucket-4579-1332726612304.jpg)

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g20/ahartley/photobucket-3792-1332726636297.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: pakrat on March 26, 2012, 06:05:17 PM
He wouldn't sue you, he would just want you to pay a fee every time the pedal is used. Nice etch!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: texstrat on March 29, 2012, 12:54:38 AM
Here is my version of the Omega Treble Booster. This is my first attempt to etch an enclosure. Not great, but not too bad for a start:

(http://i622.photobucket.com/albums/tt308/reaperQ45/Omega/DSC07846.jpg)

(http://i622.photobucket.com/albums/tt308/reaperQ45/Omega/DSC07843.jpg)

(http://i622.photobucket.com/albums/tt308/reaperQ45/Omega/DSC07844.jpg)

(http://i622.photobucket.com/albums/tt308/reaperQ45/Omega/DSC07845.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: guitarmageddon on March 30, 2012, 07:32:11 PM
The Zappagizer
(http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l524/guitarmageddon9/IMG_8235.jpg)

Codtone Bass Fuzz
(http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l524/guitarmageddon9/BassFuzzshift.jpg)

Gnome Bender
(http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l524/guitarmageddon9/IMG_8211.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: pakrat on April 01, 2012, 09:36:32 PM
The Omega looks very nice Tex, especially for your first try!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: pakrat on April 01, 2012, 09:38:56 PM
I also like that Gnome Bender a lot, it has a nice vintage look to it.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: hardstatic on April 03, 2012, 01:40:50 PM
Etched backplate.  The black color is the remaining laser toner from the mask.  I thought it looked cool so I left it.

(http://i1082.photobucket.com/albums/j375/hardstatic/photo-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: jwar on April 03, 2012, 04:19:40 PM
What do you all use for transfers? It seems like pnp only works like half the time for me.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: hardstatic on April 03, 2012, 05:26:32 PM
What do you all use for transfers? It seems like pnp only works like half the time for me.

I use this stuff from the Dollar Tree.  $1.00 for eight sheets and it works so good I almost feel like i'm cheating.  My printer is a standard HP LASERJET (not Inkjet) and I print at 1200 DPI.  I've tried Press N Peel, expensive photo paper, magazine paper, etc.  The PNP worked pretty well, but at $2.00/sheet it's cost prohibitive.

(http://i1082.photobucket.com/albums/j375/hardstatic/photo-2.jpg)

I also started using one of these gizmos during the ironing process - allows me to lay off the iron a bit and keep the missus from yelling at me:

(http://www.secondskinaudio.com/tdc/_images/_products/med_256.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: .Mike on April 03, 2012, 05:37:54 PM
What do you all use for transfers? It seems like pnp only works like half the time for me.

I use dollar store photo paper. 8 sheets for a buck at the Dollar Tree. It's listed as being for inkjet printers, and they always have it in stock. I have checked multiple stores, and they all had it.

Edit: It's the exact stuff that hardstatic posted above. :D

You an also use magazine paper. That should really be catalog and flyer paper, though, since most magazines use paper that is higher quality than necessary. You want something cheap-- music catalogs, flyers, or other assorted junk mail.

Another edit: By the way, prep is the key. The best transfer mediums are no match for a flat iron and a curved enclosure.

Mike
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: mremic01 on April 03, 2012, 07:48:35 PM
I've had very good luck with Tayda's 1590Bs without any real prep. I rub the enclosure down with some alcohol just to get any dirt off of it, but I don't sand them. I've done maybe 10-15 so far and the only one that gave me any problems had a bit of a lumpy surface, the I eventually got the toner to stick without sanding. I also got a few 1590DDs from 4site that came pre-sanded. I was not happy about that. Now I have to sand them with a finer grit because the tone doesn't want to stick to them.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: guitarmageddon on April 03, 2012, 08:34:13 PM
I've had very good luck with Tayda's 1590Bs without any real prep.
+1
They seem to work for me too. ;D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: jwar on April 04, 2012, 08:56:58 AM
Thanks guys! I did another etch last night, but ended creating my own design with a paint pen. Did it more out of frustation than anything. I wanted to etch something damn it! It turned out really well! I used what I had left of my Ferric Chloride, which I love btw. I also bought some of those sheet from Dollar Tree! hahah! You were right they are easy to find! Hopefully they work good, we'll find out soon. I'll post pics of my etch after I've painted it and filled the box.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: mremic01 on April 05, 2012, 02:36:00 PM
Thanks guys! I did another etch last night, but ended creating my own design with a paint pen. Did it more out of frustation than anything. I wanted to etch something damn it! It turned out really well! I used what I had left of my Ferric Chloride, which I love btw. I also bought some of those sheet from Dollar Tree! hahah! You were right they are easy to find! Hopefully they work good, we'll find out soon. I'll post pics of my etch after I've painted it and filled the box.

Remember, you can use ferric chloride multiple times. I've been reusing the same bottle for awhile now, and it's gotten a little slower but it still works fine. It smells a lot worse and is a lot murkier too.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: jwar on April 08, 2012, 11:09:49 AM
That stuff worked like a charm!!!!!!!! Thanks so much guys! God so much easier than PNP!

Here's the end result of my etch. Turned out pretty good IMO.

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g20/ahartley/photobucket-4065-1333893219728.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: guitarmageddon on April 08, 2012, 05:07:24 PM
Nice one!
Welcome to the Dark Side.  ;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: poppyman on April 10, 2012, 03:15:14 PM
Hello everyone !

Here are my last etched enclosures.

I’ve been trying etched enclosures for a few years now and I really fell in love with nico fx work. IMHO, his boxes are the most gorgeous around for their perfect look and the choice of his artwork.

I tried to inspire myself from his reversed etched boxes and despite a lot of care, I ended up really far from the result I expected :/
Could anyone tell me what went wrong?

Here’s what I did: I sanded the boxes really flat with an electric sander. Transfered my artwork with PnP and etched with ferric chloride.Got a nice looking deep etch. I cleaned the boxes, drilled them and sprayed them with lacquer paint. Then, I sanded them with 800 sandpaper with a block and that was when it started to get ruined (see pics below) the edges lost all the paint before the center of the pedal and a goey dark dirt appeared while sanding  on the “clean” paint.

I did a “positive etch” with the same batch, fortunately this one looks much cleaner.

Could it be the vise I used while drilling that made the box not flat anymore? Or the little nail mark I do to center my drillings? Is a 800-grade sand paper too strong?

Thanks in advance.

Syl

GGG alembic booster
(http://s18.postimage.org/javqanjjd/japan_boost_for_diystompboxes.jpg)

GGG jordan bosstone

(http://s15.postimage.org/xt4eyxhor/fuzzgun_for_diystompboxes.jpg)

Red Llama waiting for its guts
(http://s9.postimage.org/y4akhwkq7/ace_bushy_for_diystompboxes.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: pakrat on April 12, 2012, 12:02:55 AM
@poppyman, I am definitely no expert on etched enclosures, but it looks as if the etch isn't deep enough. I use even lower grits to clean my boxes and move up to 2000 to finish them. If the boxes aren't flat anymore that would probably cause problems too, so keep an eye on that. I think your boxes look very cool either way.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: poppyman on April 12, 2012, 01:47:19 AM
thank you pakrat!

I'm gonna give it a go and try etch as deep as I can. I was just worried that the acid would start to "eat" under the toner. For the sand paper , I guess I have to order it since my local french DIY shops don't make any above 1000. Oh well, I think etching taught me patience already!  ;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: pakrat on April 12, 2012, 11:43:59 AM
Have you seen this tutorial? http://www.diystompboxes.com/smfforum/index.php?topic=80962.0  Slade's etches are a true inspiration, they are incredible! I pretty much follow his methods, and I get a little better each time. Painting over the toner also makes it much more resistant to the etchant, so you can etch longer/deeper..... Preparation is the key!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: endorphin on April 19, 2012, 05:45:21 PM
Was the first pedal I ever built so it was about time i gave it a nice look. Devi Ever Soda Meiser/VFM built from the kit with the mods listed on her schematic.

(http://i1169.photobucket.com/albums/r518/shorty65mustang/Picture008.jpg)

(http://i1169.photobucket.com/albums/r518/shorty65mustang/Picture007.jpg)

The space invader was a last minute thing but it suits what sounds the pedal is capable of. Ha the blocks of wood are almost there! Got impatient.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: poppyman on April 23, 2012, 01:44:52 PM
Have you seen this tutorial? http://www.diystompboxes.com/smfforum/index.php?topic=80962.0  Slade's etches are a true inspiration, they are incredible! I pretty much follow his methods, and I get a little better each time. Painting over the toner also makes it much more resistant to the etchant, so you can etch longer/deeper..... Preparation is the key!


Hey pakrat, sorry for the delayed reply/question (I was on tour !).
I usually used mark hammer's tutorial with some hints of Ruz’s method. Ruz etchings are absolutely amazing too. But Nicofx's ones are my favs so far!
I just re-read the whole tutorial and didn’t find any mention of  a “painting over the toner” step. Is it something that you do? How does it work?

I found something that I didn’t pay much attention to before in Ruz tutorial that I should try : masking the little details at some point to let the bigger surfaces etch longer.
Anyways, thanks you so much for the hints. Etching turns out to be my favorite time of the pedal making now. Loads of rewarding work (on the good days)   :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: pakrat on April 23, 2012, 04:30:55 PM
I love the way etching looks too, which is why I'm always looking to improve my methods. I have not seen any of Mark Hammer's or Nicofx's etches, but I will be searching now. Maybe the painting thing was from Aron's site, I can't remember now..... but in that method, he cuts away large spots of black in his graphic prog before he prints. It's supposed to make the air escape more easily while you transfer it to the enclosure. Then, use paint or nail polish to cover the spots after the transfer. I have done it and it works better for me. I usually paint the entire area right over the toner as close to the graphic as possible to reinforce the toner so I can etch deeper. Some people "paint" the etchant onto the areas to be etched. That method should keep un-etched areas from getting that pitted look, but I have not tried it. I would think the etch could be uneven doing it like that. Looking at some of the pics people post in here really let's you see the crazy talent they have.... and some really nice ones in this thread too http://www.diystompboxes.com/smfforum/index.php?topic=36392.19180
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: pakrat on April 23, 2012, 04:36:53 PM
Nice endorphin, I love that atari look. How does that thing sound?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: endorphin on April 24, 2012, 01:51:28 AM
Thanks man sounds pretty cool the soda meiser side is a little bassy and the vintage fuzz master is bright and little tone benderish in my opinion with the mods you get some oscillation which the starve knob controls the pitch. Sounds reminiscent of an oldschool game console cause it gets all glitchy and kind of arpeggiates so i threw the wood pieces on those were inspiration from beavis audio research, moog, buchla kind of stuff too.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: g. on April 26, 2012, 08:29:27 AM
(http://www.touellskouarn.fr/cache/com_zoo/images/imgp0175_1d67719b1a25a14abcb1a86e0d30cfea.jpg)

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(http://www.touellskouarn.fr/cache/com_zoo/images/imgp0173_714df481ea387ac34f1d1ba9d7115487.jpg)
(http://www.touellskouarn.fr/cache/com_zoo/images/imgp0179_834fb97de42974bd4e66dedafd6bf04e.jpg)

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(http://www.touellskouarn.fr/cache/com_zoo/images/imgp0169_35f973787c4c3afbcadb61c397efa58e.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: poppyman on April 29, 2012, 12:45:07 PM
looking great as always, q.

I like the way your etch designs always look like (dead) leaves...and your knobs are always very classy and look like taken from vintage radios.

Here's my last etch taken from a drawing made by the friend I made the pedal for.

It's a GGG EAT trem with the boost mod. I usually don't like the knobs which come with the kits but I thought they looked good on that box  :)

(http://s16.postimage.org/my437abo5/arcwest_trem.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: dromilious on May 10, 2012, 04:16:49 PM
Here is one of my latest builts.a zvex fuzz factory based pedal but with two 2n3906 trans and of course one 2n390 and some mods.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on June 10, 2012, 11:45:13 AM
2 etches for small clone chorus,  the  one on the left is for a old friend who collects war militaria, he'll love this....its his 50th birthday present.

it will have blue on/off led and a standard 3mm blue pulse led in the centre of the iron cross... :icon_cool:


the one on the right is the 'baphomet'  for a friend who is an angel witch fan.  old school..... :icon_cool:

same blue on/off led...and standard blue in the lap of the baphomet...(baphead :))

(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P100612_16.23.jpg)
Title: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Perrow on June 10, 2012, 12:46:01 PM
The war themed should have had "in" and "Aus".
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on June 10, 2012, 01:01:12 PM
yeah, shit i wish id thought of that....cool idea!. :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on June 14, 2012, 02:59:50 PM
2 small clones.  :icon_cool:

(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P140612_19.17.jpg)

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: .Mike on June 20, 2012, 09:50:32 PM
Here's what I've been working on:

(http://www.justonemorebuild.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Step-and-Swell-etch1-150x150.jpg) (http://www.justonemorebuild.com/step-and-swell-enclosure/step-and-swell-etch1/)     (http://www.justonemorebuild.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Step-and-Swell-etch2-150x150.jpg) (http://www.justonemorebuild.com/step-and-swell-enclosure/step-and-swell-etch2/)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on June 21, 2012, 02:42:09 AM
cool, for some reason it reminds me of a 50's vending machine...which is a compliment btw...i like it!.. :icon_cool:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: asatbluesboy on June 21, 2012, 08:13:12 AM
cool, for some reason it reminds me of a 50's vending machine...which is a compliment btw...i like it!.. :icon_cool:
True dat.

Pure awesomeness. Are the fonts your regular Microsoft ones?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on June 21, 2012, 08:19:39 AM
^ who me?..i use fonts from dafont .com...

nice svg's for inkscape,  no pixelation. ;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: asatbluesboy on June 21, 2012, 03:29:14 PM
^ who me?..i use fonts from dafont .com...

nice svg's for inkscape,  no pixelation. ;)
I was actually asking Mike, but thanks nonetheless! ;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: .Mike on June 21, 2012, 04:00:27 PM
cool, for some reason it reminds me of a 50's vending machine...which is a compliment btw...i like it!.. :icon_cool:
Thanks! That is kind of what I am going for. I have little in the way of artistic skills, so it is function over form for me. I was going for an old-style fire alarm type look, sort of... heh!

Pure awesomeness. Are the fonts your regular Microsoft ones?

I use the same font on almost all my pedals: Blue Highway (http://www.dafont.com/blue-highway.font). I found it when I was looking for a font similar to those used on license plates, and it has quickly become my favorite. Nice clean lines, easy to read, and easy to etch.

Thanks guys!

Mike
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: teej212 on June 21, 2012, 10:43:08 PM
what is it?  is it like rick's attack release generator?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: kupervaser on June 22, 2012, 06:36:29 AM
(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/3131065/Pedalen/Colorsound%20Overdriver/DSCF0083.JPG)

Colorsound Overdriver.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: pakrat on June 22, 2012, 02:46:20 PM
Nice work on that overdriver. It looks like it was etched in hell......
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: jwar on June 23, 2012, 05:34:37 PM
I had to show this off. It's a re-housed Mountainking Megalith a did for a guy. Turned out awesome.


(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g20/ahartley/IMG_3066.jpg)

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g20/ahartley/IMG_3060.jpg)

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g20/ahartley/IMG_3061.jpg)

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g20/ahartley/IMG_3062.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: guitarmageddon on June 26, 2012, 09:53:44 PM
^Awesome.

"Enhanced Centaur"

(http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l524/guitarmageddon9/IMG_8765.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: tasos on June 28, 2012, 04:33:33 AM
Damn!I love vintage pcb's!What are those?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: kato on June 28, 2012, 06:56:24 AM
The Zappagizer
(http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l524/guitarmageddon9/IMG_8235.jpg)

OMG. Zappagizer rules. It has a supernatural quality. Like, the spirit of zappa is being unearthed through this pedal.

I admire the creative approach. Bravo!

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: guitarmageddon on June 28, 2012, 11:16:31 AM
Damn!I love vintage pcb's!What are those?
They're all by me.
Top is a Codpiece (http://www.codtone.com.au/gallery/Boards/codpiece-boards/131021)!
Others are an English Channel and a Nurse Quacky.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: kupervaser on June 29, 2012, 03:51:48 AM
Made another one, this is OCD.

(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/3131065/Pedalen/Fulltone%20OCD/Wesl%20Lee/DSCF0087.JPG)
(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/3131065/Pedalen/Fulltone%20OCD/Wesl%20Lee/DSCF0088.JPG)
(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/3131065/Pedalen/Fulltone%20OCD/Wesl%20Lee/DSCF0089.JPG)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on June 29, 2012, 04:25:17 AM
 i see you guys are going for the relic'd look.... :icon_cool:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pyr0 on July 02, 2012, 04:04:17 PM
So I got fed up painting, labeling and clearcoating enclosure and decided it's time to try etching.

Here's my first attempt, a Tube Screamer -  I used an old box with a dent and a deep scratch in it. Turned out not too bad, but choice of font is bad or I etched the font too long. Made a few mistakes masking off some areas, better luck next time.

(http://i1128.photobucket.com/albums/m499/pyr08/My%20Pedals/TS-808-1stEtch.jpg)

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pyr0 on July 02, 2012, 04:59:37 PM
So after my first attempt, I decided to do something a little more basic, with cleaner lines. My son has been hassling me for a Klon, so this is for him.
I'm happy with how this one turned out.

(http://i1128.photobucket.com/albums/m499/pyr08/My%20Pedals/Klon-etch1.jpg)

(http://i1128.photobucket.com/albums/m499/pyr08/My%20Pedals/Klon-etch2.jpg)



Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Govmnt_Lacky on July 02, 2012, 07:17:03 PM
So after my first attempt, I decided to do something a little more basic, with cleaner lines. My son has been hassling me for a Klon, so this is for him.
I'm happy with how this one turned out.

(http://i1128.photobucket.com/albums/m499/pyr08/My%20Pedals/Klon-etch1.jpg)

(http://i1128.photobucket.com/albums/m499/pyr08/My%20Pedals/Klon-etch2.jpg)

Pyro... That is beautiful!!!

Would you share the process with us? Give us the blow by blow on the creation of this masterpiece   ;D



Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: artifus on July 02, 2012, 07:26:51 PM
digging the clean and simple look too. also trying to distract from the other pictures thread and encourage all others to indulge in etching for a while as there are only twelve pages to go over there before we hit one thousand and i am still without idea, concept and parts!  :P
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pyr0 on July 02, 2012, 09:23:34 PM

Pyro... That is beautiful!!!

Would you share the process with us? Give us the blow by blow on the creation of this masterpiece   ;D


Well I just did a screen grab from a pic of a real one, and used Corel Photo Paint and Corel Draw to change it to a b&w image, then a few hours of higildy pigildy to convert it to an outline line art image apply a bit of smoothing and convert to a vector image, so I can now resize it without getting any jagged edges. I can't remember the exact steps, I would have to do it again and write them down.

I use Corel Draw for all my drilling templates and labeling, so I just used that for the final image and inverted and reversed it before printing out on glossy paper for ironing on to the box. 
I have a very old LaserJet 4 printer, but I can't afford the proper HP refills, so I refilled the cartridge myself with laser toner. I don't think it's great toner, as it's very hard to get a true black image, especially when printing large areas of black. So I just printed small black boxes around the lettering, drill points and image, and after ironing it on I filled in the gaps with my favourite colour nail varnish  :icon_redface:

Ah what the heck, here it is

(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/20272266/Klon-Etch-Reverse.jpg)

and here's a PDF of the final image ready for transfer, size should be ok, it's for a bb size box.

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/20272266/Klon-Etch-Reverse.pdf

 :icon_cool:
Pyr0
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: poppyman on July 03, 2012, 01:27:12 AM
Hey pyrO,

this etch look REALLY neat!
How did you get this superb polished finish?
Did you buy one of these pre polished box like this one --> http://www.smallbearelec.com/servlet/Detail?no=759
or did you polish it yourself? if so, how? (if you mind sharing)

it really looks fantastic.

 :icon_wink:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Perrow on July 03, 2012, 01:43:57 AM
(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/20272266/Klon-Etch-Reverse.jpg)

and here's a PDF of the final image ready for transfer, size should be ok, it's for a bb size box.

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/20272266/Klon-Etch-Reverse.pdf

 :icon_cool:
Pyr0


Would you mind reposting that here: http://www.diystompboxes.com/smfforum/index.php?topic=97046.0 (http://www.diystompboxes.com/smfforum/index.php?topic=97046.0)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on July 03, 2012, 04:29:10 AM
^ thats really nice pyro.....very clean n shiny... :icon_cool: :icon_cool: :icon_cool:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pyr0 on July 03, 2012, 05:45:59 AM
@Perrow
yes I'll post it there too, that thread is great and needs more content.

@poppyman
Just a regular enclosure I think it may have been one of Taydya's, before I etched it, I wet sanded it with various grades of wet&dry, 400, 800 and 1200 grades I think I used. I had to sand quite a bit, as the first sanding actually uncovered some pitting in the box. I do it near a sink with a slow running tap, keeping the paper wet all the time. Also used some 000 steel wool but don't lean too hard with it or it will scratch.
After etching, I then used a metal polishing mop with brown polishing compound followed by a soft mop with blue compound. Then clean off all the residue with naphtha, or acetone, and buff it up with a soft cloth.  I just use the polishing mops in my cheap drill, it's not ideal but does the job if your carefull. Get it slightly wrong when polishing and the box can end up the other side of the room  :D
I don't think I'll bother clear coating it, as the last time I tried to clear coat a polished enclosure the lacquer wouldn't quite bond right and streaked a lot.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: kupervaser on July 03, 2012, 02:22:09 PM
Looks nice. Do you polish the enclosure?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pyr0 on July 03, 2012, 04:01:34 PM
^^^  Yes, see bottom of previous post before yours.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: metalero30 on July 11, 2012, 11:41:38 PM
last works

microamp with loop

(http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l299/eskizo69/S7009232.jpg)

footswitch looper with buffer

(http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l299/eskizo69/S7009234.jpg)

phase 90 with mod

(http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l299/eskizo69/S7009096.jpg)

sans amp gt2

(http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l299/eskizo69/S7009090.jpg)
(http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l299/eskizo69/S7009091.jpg)

samurai chorus

(http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l299/eskizo69/S70090851.jpg)

zombie chorus

(http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l299/eskizo69/Efectos/S7008659.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on July 12, 2012, 04:37:37 AM
cool etches metalero:  samurai chorus?....
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: asatbluesboy on July 12, 2012, 07:50:05 AM
cool etches metalero:  samurai chorus?....
Somewhere in Time chorus!

Samus Aran for the win!  :icon_biggrin:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: metalero30 on July 13, 2012, 03:43:36 PM
dead astronaut: its a little angel chorus, but that name dont fit with a metal head pedalboard

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Grkmtsn on July 16, 2012, 06:33:00 PM
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/165226_485220666379_5148886_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/163439_500359431379_3430879_n.jpg)

this is not etched but i wanna show this too. Just want to get your opinions.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/166248_485216991379_3973648_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: edd29 on July 16, 2012, 07:34:24 PM
ISP DECIMATOR
(http://s19.postimage.org/miej846tf/Picture_pedal_007.jpg)
(http://s19.postimage.org/d5ijhqsg3/Picture_pedal_008.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: kupervaser on July 30, 2012, 03:44:41 AM
(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/3131065/Pedalen/Etsen/DSCF0149.JPG)
(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/3131065/Pedalen/Etsen/DSCF0150.JPG)
(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/3131065/Pedalen/Etsen/DSCF0151.JPG)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: edd29 on July 30, 2012, 04:57:37 AM
Another one
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: edd29 on July 31, 2012, 06:22:34 AM
(http://s19.postimage.org/wrbp2r98j/IMG_1033_1.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: kupervaser on August 01, 2012, 05:10:01 AM
And finished:

(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/3131065/Pedalen/Etsen/DSCF0156.JPG)
(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/3131065/Pedalen/Etsen/DSCF0157.JPG)

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: shefsale on August 18, 2012, 06:39:25 PM
Hello! These are my first attempts.


Fuzz Face (Silicon)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8435/7810998952_c064cf214b_c.jpg)


Tube Screamer

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8440/7811004730_5e35b0579f_c.jpg)


Clean Booster

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8431/7811005248_9ac1fe2da9_c.jpg)


Mosrite Fuzzrite

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8290/7811005912_2f5ac01312_c.jpg)


Fuzz Face (Germanium)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7267/7811006494_5ed37f2a60_c.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: poppyman on August 25, 2012, 05:03:45 AM
Hello!

loads of great etched boxes lately!

I need a little help here: I tried reversed etch boxes for a while now and I think I almost there, but I 'm not quite satisfied with the "texture" of the finish. If you look closer the painted part is kind of goey-grainy with dull patches. I used classic spray paint and a layer of red laquer paint. I used 1000 grade sand paper to finish the box. What could I use to prevent this dull finish? Higher sand paper grade? clearcoats? Let me know!

Thanks in advance for you help.


trotsky drive:

(http://i48.tinypic.com/sovh5g.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on August 25, 2012, 05:19:59 AM
 +1 lots of cool etches ...love that decimator... :icon_cool: :icon_cool: :icon_cool:



@poppyman:

i always stick a coat or 2 of clear over the whole box after etching/colouring, it shines the paint, and preserves the aluminium box shine too..

: my mate has a pedal i did without clear, and the aluminium finish has ''dimmed'' quite a bit compared to one i built for him that has a clearcoat finish...(built around the same time)

with car spray clear you can let it dry naturally , or whack it in a toaster for a little while..(not too hot)..just my 2p. :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: poppyman on August 25, 2012, 05:29:15 AM
thanks deadastronaut!

I think I 'll give it a go next time :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: edd29 on August 25, 2012, 07:18:44 AM
+1 lots of cool etches ...love that decimator... :icon_cool: :icon_cool: :icon_cool:



Thanks!  Rob ;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: poppyman on September 02, 2012, 07:29:11 AM
Hi,

So, I followed deadastronaut's  advice (thanks again) and it made the finish very smooth and shiny looking. I'm very happy about it :)


The problem is that the clear coat doesn't really fix the uneven colour "dark/light stains" aspect of the paint after I sanded it. It looks kind of ok on this box but I'd like to be able to have a more consistant,  "homogeneous" colour...Any good advice for that?

alembic boost:

(http://i46.tinypic.com/o077ua.jpg)

detail:

(http://i46.tinypic.com/xcuath.jpg)

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: John Lyons on September 02, 2012, 08:43:59 AM
^ Nice color and image!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: poppyman on September 02, 2012, 08:52:25 AM
thanks John!!!

It's inspired by all the fantastic designs found in this thread :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on September 02, 2012, 10:21:12 AM
i love it, i kinda like the effect too...though i can see why you would want it flatted out, rather than 'orange peel'...

you may be able to get rid of the 'peel' look with a really fine wire wool just on the paintwork..then clear...

good work man..nice design too.. :icon_cool:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: John Lyons on September 02, 2012, 10:47:33 AM
I actually like the un eveness. It gives is more depth and variation.
If it was mine I'd leave it.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on September 02, 2012, 10:51:01 AM
I actually like the un eveness. It gives is more depth and variation.
If it was mine I'd leave it.

yeah me too.. :icon_cool:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: poppyman on September 02, 2012, 11:01:34 AM
I like it a lot too on this box, actually :)

It's just that I would like to have the choice of having an "orange peel" finish like this or a flat homogeneous colour if I want to, next time!

Anyway, thanks guys!!!

I'll try the steel wool trick on the next box!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: .Mike on September 02, 2012, 02:06:26 PM
The problem is that the clear coat doesn't really fix the uneven colour "dark/light stains" aspect of the paint after I sanded it. It looks kind of ok on this box but I'd like to be able to have a more consistant,  "homogeneous" colour...Any good advice for that?

I had the exact same problem-- micro-scratches resulting from sanding the paint, even with 1200 grit sandpaper. I use Testors enamel, and I like to apply it thick.

The solution is Meguiar's Scratch X 2.0, about $9 at Walmart. One application by hand and the paint will shine again.

The problem, though, is that it is not "body shop safe." That means it contains silicon, oil, or some other chemical that might interfere with your ability to clear over it. If you really want to clear it, you should look for a body shop safe polish / scratch remover.

Good luck!

Mike
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: snowmonkey5 on September 06, 2012, 03:47:35 PM
I just tried my first attempt at etching an enclosure using the PDF linked on this thread. I had a problem getting the mask to transfer. The first time I tried it worked the best. I got 70% of my mask to transfer but could never get it enough to do the echant stage. I tried 5 other times with different ink types (ink/laser) and paper quality and could never get it to stick to the enclosure. I feel like the iron wasnt evenly heating the image maybe. Any suggestions?
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/09/07/age6ebe7.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: .Mike on September 06, 2012, 05:30:48 PM
I would think that transfer issues could be caused by a number of factors:

- Transfer surface not flat.
- Transfer surface not clean.
- Iron not flat.
- Iron not hot enough.
- Iron duration too short.
- Toner composition not appropriate.
- Not enough toner on page.
- Not enough pressure during transfer.

My guess is almost always the first two. To get the best transfer, you need to make sure the enclosure is flat. To make sure the enclosure is flat, you need to use a sanding block (an actual commercial sanding block, not a block of wood). Clean with acetone before transferring. :)

Mike
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Arcane Analog on September 22, 2012, 05:12:25 PM
DEATH DEALER - Silicon Tone Bender

(http://sphotos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/228086_531267823556638_319554069_n.jpg)


FLESH EATER - Univox Super Fuzz

(http://sphotos-f.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/532215_530739890276098_789689082_n.jpg)


KRAKEN - Octavia

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v89/Troublestarter/Kraken1.jpg)

More...

(http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/296436_524709554212465_7287728_n.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v89/Troublestarter/RMs.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v89/Troublestarter/FBL1.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v89/Troublestarter/SM1-4.jpg)

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: guitarmageddon on September 22, 2012, 05:42:03 PM
Codpiece Deluxe

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/IMG_9174.jpg)

Trem-lay

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/IMG_9238.jpg)

(K.O.T.)

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/IMG_9292.jpg)

Boiling Point

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/IMG_9287.jpg)

Bixoric Expandora

(http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l524/guitarmageddon9/IMG_9432_zps6878c573.jpg)
Title: Re: Sv: Etched enclosures
Post by: Perrow on September 23, 2012, 08:59:42 AM
The lack of etchings I could hope to achieve is disturbing ;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: syndromet on September 26, 2012, 04:33:55 PM
(http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e48/syndromet/boosts.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: rocinante on October 24, 2012, 11:22:45 AM
Here's first (pointdextor) and second etch.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8188/8119310318_9f0c03cb63_n.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/79940777@N04/8119310318/)
IMG_1826[1] (http://www.flickr.com/photos/79940777@N04/8119310318/) by frpedals (http://www.flickr.com/people/79940777@N04/), on Flickr
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8324/8116710397_1b433e311d_n.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/79940777@N04/8116710397/)
front left (http://www.flickr.com/photos/79940777@N04/8116710397/) by frpedals (http://www.flickr.com/people/79940777@N04/), on Flickr
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8329/8116710881_e2e3da27fe_n.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/79940777@N04/8116710881/)
Front Clean (http://www.flickr.com/photos/79940777@N04/8116710881/) by frpedals (http://www.flickr.com/people/79940777@N04/), on Flickr

Any pointers would be muccchhh appreciated, i'm still learning.

Cheers.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on October 24, 2012, 11:55:07 AM
looking good,  tip:   avoid shaded images... ;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: rocinante on October 25, 2012, 03:30:26 AM
looking good,  tip:   avoid shaded images... ;)

Cheers man.  I actually am glad it was a slightly messy shady design, gave me a little room to move if i effed up the etch.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: v8reverb on October 26, 2012, 08:11:44 AM
How do you go about shaded images - I've got the idea for the design of a pedal I'm making and it's got some shading, but I can't get rid of it without the image being messed up:
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a103/MartynJones/pedal.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: craigmillard on October 26, 2012, 08:25:54 AM
When i etch a pedal i tend to use Inkscape to create the design, in this program you can import an image and then trace it, creating a outline in vector format allowing you to resize to any size!
Guides:
http://inkscape.org/doc/tracing/tutorial-tracing.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFQ8Y386DWo

Works a treat for me:) my latest ADA FLanger DEsign:
(http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy196/craigmillard/ADAflanger.png)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: rocinante on October 26, 2012, 01:12:27 PM
That looks like an awesome program craig!  I have to have a look at that next etch!!

THANKS!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: v8reverb on October 26, 2012, 02:49:32 PM
Thanks for that - I have illustrator but I'm crap at it - I'm amazingly good on photoshop (qualified) but absolutely nasty on vector lol

I'll download inkscape and have a play at home

Thanks again
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: stallik on October 27, 2012, 01:32:45 PM
My first attempt at etching and enclosure...
(http://www.stallibrass.com/images/stomp.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: roseblood11 on October 27, 2012, 03:18:42 PM
Wow, that's a very clean etch! How exactly did you do it?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: haveyouseenhim on October 27, 2012, 04:27:27 PM
^^ I dont know why but I now have the overwhelming urge to go buy a zippo and etch it.  :D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: stallik on October 27, 2012, 07:46:58 PM
Wow, that's a very clean etch! How exactly did you do it?

Thanks.

The image was a vector path which I cut out on self adhesive vinyl. I stuck the vinyl on the box and manually applied ferric chloride with a little brush. When the solution stopped bubbling, I wiped it off and applied more. The whole thing took a couple of hours. Where the etching happened, a dull Matt grey deposit was left. I scrubbed this away with a stiff brush and then polished the face of the box.

Finally, I read more posts and found there are faster and probably better ways of doing this....
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: electrosonic on October 27, 2012, 08:51:49 PM
I was looking at cut vinyl for a while, machines are too pricey and couldn't find a cheap place to do one off's.

Here is a business idea for someone  - upload your graphics and get a cut vinyl sticker by mail. I did look for that online, but the services tended to be multicolour stickers. Anyone know of any place that offers such a service.

The picture that got me thinking of using a vinyl sticker was here...

http://www.alloyavenue.com/vb/showthread.php?2786-Aluminum-Electro-etch! (http://www.alloyavenue.com/vb/showthread.php?2786-Aluminum-Electro-etch!)

He used copper sulphate (available as "root kill" in hardware stores), table salt and sodium bisulphate (available as 'pH reducer" in swimming pool supplies shops) to etch. Safer than ferric chloride from what I have read.

Andrew.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: stallik on October 27, 2012, 09:25:13 PM
Here is a business idea for someone....

Hmmm. I did think of this a while back but thought that there would be little call for it & while I could set up a web service to upload the images etc, each one would probably need a lot of work doing to it to create the vector outlines. In turn, this would lead to me take some creative control which would doubtless end up creating disappointment. Anyway, the artwork would have to be suitable for this kind of process (blocks of text or patterns etc.) not the amazing images I'm seeing on these pages.

Have you considered approaching a local sign shop? They cut vinyl all day and if you can supply them the data as a vector path it would be a very simple job for them.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: electrosonic on October 28, 2012, 01:48:47 AM
I figured that companies that cut vinyl for signs usually cut much larger fonts and graphics than what would be required for a pedal. I think when I looked at the minimum font size that the sign companies cut on their machines, it was too big for a stompbox. It has been a while since I looked so maybe I remember it wrong.

Andrew.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: haveyouseenhim on October 28, 2012, 02:02:26 AM
I have a guy that cuts vinyl for me and I've etched a few boxes with that method. Its a pretty effective method.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: endorphin on October 28, 2012, 03:22:26 AM
I did this one about a 2 months ago I freakin love it. Yeah the japanese was google translator.

(http://i1169.photobucket.com/albums/r518/shorty65mustang/FilterSamleHold017copy.jpg)
The etch was a little off center.
(http://i1169.photobucket.com/albums/r518/shorty65mustang/MaestroFSH.png)
Reminds me of a Japanese movie poster.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: nicofx on October 28, 2012, 05:43:02 AM
^^Very nice  :)

@stallik - that stomp-etch is amazing!


Heres my latest etches:
EA tremolo
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-T4EMKInh3Ls/UIJVTRCYyII/AAAAAAAACc4/AmlQkyavPzQ/s1600/HowSoonIsNow%3f1.jpg)
Baja Trembulator
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-WuxUjmkgVLU/UIJU_Wg2kuI/AAAAAAAACcY/1v-keag5uns/s1600/Trembulator1.jpg)
Repeat Percussion Tremolo
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-YwqsIzkQnIM/UHfAcrihXJI/AAAAAAAACbQ/S-mu0NP4stA/s1600/RPT%222.jpg)
Tremulus Lune
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-kuxQY3vABJM/UGXSZsDPs9I/AAAAAAAACZI/he7ebUDLVRA/s1600/LunaTrem%2322.jpg)
DBA Fuzz War
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QUhxYKfiwBk/UGXRtWIOVGI/AAAAAAAACYY/4nXxyM1MrMg/s1600/RawStuff1.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Arcane Analog on October 28, 2012, 08:50:08 AM
looking good,  tip:   avoid shaded images... ;)

Cheers man.  I actually am glad it was a slightly messy shady design, gave me a little room to move if i effed up the etch.

Do not avoid shading - just practice! I love shading on etched boxes.

(http://sphotos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/296436_524709554212465_7287728_n.jpg)

(http://sphotos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/428390_480944968588924_1148587170_n.jpg)

(http://sphotos-f.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/305080_531267866889967_542886842_n.jpg)

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: dromilious on October 28, 2012, 05:55:52 PM
one more etch from me. (http://sphotos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/62014_282670031849823_979970502_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pyr0 on October 28, 2012, 06:58:39 PM
Brilliant, well done sir.

My first attempt at etching and enclosure...
(http://www.stallibrass.com/images/stomp.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: v8reverb on November 03, 2012, 02:51:10 PM
So this is how it turned out:
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a103/MartynJones/IMG_0945.jpg)
Not quite done with it yet - there's still sanding spots (that I noticed when looking at the pic lol) And the B in Boost filled in when I etched but I left it like that and the guy I'm doing it for doesn't mind.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Maik on November 14, 2012, 04:38:37 AM
one more etch from me. (http://sphotos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/62014_282670031849823_979970502_n.jpg)
Wow, where´s the pic from?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: dromilious on November 14, 2012, 08:34:23 AM
thank you Maik.I dont remember but i will search and tell you.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on November 14, 2012, 07:17:31 PM
my latest spitfire v3 for my grandsons xmas prezzie...(batman fan) ::)

(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P141112_23.29.jpg)

(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P141112_23.29%5B01%5D.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pyr0 on November 14, 2012, 08:26:44 PM
^^^ Nice, now you just need to build him a bat shaped guitar and he'll be all set.  :D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on November 15, 2012, 05:09:09 AM
cheers pyro: i got him a squier H S S (which is surprisingly nice actually for £90.00 new) ,  but his aunt is getting him a batman strap... ;D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: electrosonic on November 23, 2012, 08:06:37 PM
A work in progress, I used press n peel for the resist. I etched with copper sulphate and table salt and a bit of sodium bisulphate. Did an electro etch with a current limited low voltage power supply I cobbled together (a ikea halogen power supply (12V) rectified and current limited with a halogen bulb). The set up ran about 2 amps through the solution for ten minutes. Not as clean as I would have liked - the sharpie I used to touch up the toner transfer didn't work very well.

Andrew.


(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/30050282/crab%20shell%203.jpg)

(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/30050282/crab%20shell%204.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: lespos on November 24, 2012, 05:09:41 AM

These are amazing. How you did that? Is it something like negative etching? You etch whole surface but all letters and graphics are masked?



Repeat Percussion Tremolo
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-YwqsIzkQnIM/UHfAcrihXJI/AAAAAAAACbQ/S-mu0NP4stA/s1600/RPT%222.jpg)
Tremulus Lune
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-kuxQY3vABJM/UGXSZsDPs9I/AAAAAAAACZI/he7ebUDLVRA/s1600/LunaTrem%2322.jpg)
DBA Fuzz War
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QUhxYKfiwBk/UGXRtWIOVGI/AAAAAAAACYY/4nXxyM1MrMg/s1600/RawStuff1.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Tillinghast on November 27, 2012, 06:30:05 PM
Hiya! First post on the forum, seeing all the great etching results here this seemed like a good place for some info.
First time trying my hand at etching a pedal enclosure and I'm going the cut-out vinyl route. The photo-paper + laser print so far has not given me workable mask. I'm thinking of applying the stickers, spray painting the pedal, peel off the stickers and etch away. Would the spraypaint work well enough as a mask and if I use color, would the etchant somehow screw with said color (thinking maybe green, the pedal being a tubescreamer and all...). The etchant I'll be using is ferric chloride.
Or maybe stick the vinyl on and then etch away, no paint needed, would that work?

I'm thinking of using this "stencil" approach because it seems to me it'll be easier to get a very clean mask, the pedal is a christmas gift for the gf so I want it as close to perfect looking as I can get it :P

And on pretty much every pedal i've seen in this thread: wow.

EDIT: I only just now saw that this pictures thread is in the pictures forum (who would've thought) meaning this probably really isn't the right place for my questions. My apologies, though any insights would still be greatly appreciated :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: stallik on November 27, 2012, 11:14:29 PM
You can just stick on the vinyl and etch away (see my post earlier this page) but your suggestion of using the vinyl as a mask for painting, then etching gives me ideas. Thinking of multiple masks/etches....
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on November 28, 2012, 07:49:22 AM


(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P281112_12.32.jpg)

(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P281112_12.34%5B01%5D.jpg)

(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P281112_11.53%5B03%5D.jpg)

(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P281112_11.52.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Tillinghast on November 28, 2012, 05:32:48 PM
@ Stallik, thanks for your reply, I guess I'll stick with just the ninyl then, seems like less of a hassle. Now the hardest part, creating more designs and picking the best one...

Nice that the spraypaint vinyl stencil thing gave you some ideas. I wanted to use spraypaint because I read it would make a robuster mask than toner, the vinyl just seemed like a good idea to have a stencil that actually stays in place properly...
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: stallik on November 28, 2012, 07:07:54 PM
You're welcome @tillinghast. If you are stuck for design ideas take a look at deadastronuat's work on this and the previous page. His Batman design is simple, elegant & effective. Nicest looking box I've seen in a long time. Shows what can be done by not over complicating things
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on November 29, 2012, 02:18:22 AM
@tillinghast : as stallick says, try a basic design first,  even just do a practice (design) on the base plate, and see how that comes out before trying the top...

its all in the preparation when etching.  any questions just ask ok,  theres plenty of people who do great etches on here!! ;) 8)

@stallick: thanks man!. 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: pakrat on November 30, 2012, 01:05:47 AM
Rob, those are outstanding as usual!

I figured I'd put this up because it's been a while since I posted anything in here. It's an echo base delay in a 1590b enclosure.

(http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w375/pakrat70/SEVENLEAF%20EFFECTS/Echo%20Base%20Mini/DSC02977.jpg)
(http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w375/pakrat70/SEVENLEAF%20EFFECTS/Echo%20Base%20Mini/DSC02988.jpg)
(http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w375/pakrat70/SEVENLEAF%20EFFECTS/Echo%20Base%20Mini/DSC02983.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: snarblinge on November 30, 2012, 01:16:51 AM
I love thrall blue inside, have been trying to get all blue caps, where are you getting yours, I keep getting sent the odd red one.

Stunning etch too btw. And enclosure stuffing. Nice
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: pakrat on November 30, 2012, 01:21:26 AM
Thanks snarblinge  :icon_biggrin: The caps came from mouser.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: roseblood11 on December 01, 2012, 04:58:45 AM
(http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w375/pakrat70/SEVENLEAF%20EFFECTS/Echo%20Base%20Mini/DSC02977.jpg)

Wow, great! How did you apply the black color? It looks very clean.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Tillinghast on December 01, 2012, 07:08:54 AM
Made a quick mock-up with some cut out vinyl and a sharpie. Now I'm in doubt about the design, I like it, but something doesn't quite sit right to me, considering making a more "standard" design for it... Any thoughts anyone?

(http://www.nerdcore138.com/dump/screamer_1.jpg)
(http://www.nerdcore138.com/dump/screamer_2.jpg)
(http://www.nerdcore138.com/dump/screamer_3.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: pickdropper on December 01, 2012, 09:24:56 AM


(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P281112_12.32.jpg)

(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P281112_12.34%5B01%5D.jpg)

(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P281112_11.53%5B03%5D.jpg)

(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P281112_11.52.jpg)

These etches are outstanding.  Very impressed with the layouts and execution.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: pickdropper on December 01, 2012, 09:25:36 AM
Rob, those are outstanding as usual!

I figured I'd put this up because it's been a while since I posted anything in here. It's an echo base delay in a 1590b enclosure.

(http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w375/pakrat70/SEVENLEAF%20EFFECTS/Echo%20Base%20Mini/DSC02977.jpg)
(http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w375/pakrat70/SEVENLEAF%20EFFECTS/Echo%20Base%20Mini/DSC02988.jpg)
(http://i1072.photobucket.com/albums/w375/pakrat70/SEVENLEAF%20EFFECTS/Echo%20Base%20Mini/DSC02983.jpg)

Amazing that you were able to fit a that in a 1590b.  Great job.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: pakrat on December 01, 2012, 05:46:35 PM
Thanks for the kind words guys. The way to do the black and blue is to etch as usual, paint black and sand clean. Then I painted over everything with Tamiya clear blue paint. The tamiya paint is really nice, it takes to sanding very well and seems durable. Only time will tell......
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: escapeplan on December 06, 2012, 03:05:20 PM
Here's a PT2399 delay I did last weekend. Next time I'm gonna do the sky in light blue. Below are some fuzz boxes I did.

 (http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg131/andy05318/1354412962557.jpg)
 (http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg131/andy05318/1354195950130.jpg)
 (http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg131/andy05318/1353806740187.jpg)
 (http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg131/andy05318/1354195868228.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: thelonious on December 07, 2012, 12:28:56 PM
(http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg131/andy05318/1354195950130.jpg)
What a great pedal name. Love the knob colors, too.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: thelonious on December 07, 2012, 09:31:58 PM
This was my first etch, and I'm hooked. Many thanks to Slade for his great tutorial. Overall it went pretty well, especially since I tried a reverse etch first. My only problem was that I tried to use the HP premium photo paper sitting unused on my shelf, rather than buying dollar store photo paper. Man, was that a bad idea. Or maybe the iron was too hot. I don't know. When I ironed it, a layer of the HP photo paper melted onto the enclosure and the paper separated when I tried to peel it off. I had to spend 20 minutes soaking it in warm water and carefully rubbing to get the mess off. It screwed up the toner a little, but not catastrophically. Anyway, next time... cheap photo paper and lower iron temp.

It's a Hearthrob Tremolo with a white LED wired to flash at the trem rate.

(http://www.aronnelson.com/gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=48367&g2_serialNumber=1)

(http://www.aronnelson.com/gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=48376&g2_serialNumber=1)

(http://www.aronnelson.com/gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=48373&g2_serialNumber=1)
Title: Re: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: sidewalk on December 07, 2012, 09:56:04 PM
*Heartthrob Tremolo*
Wow, this looks incredible. I love the green. Nice job, man.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on December 08, 2012, 04:56:53 AM
^ cool, nice first etch man, nice green too. :icon_cool:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: pickdropper on December 08, 2012, 11:31:56 AM
^ cool, nice first etch man, nice green too. :icon_cool:

This.  Love the green.  Great artwork.  Very nice build.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: thelonious on December 08, 2012, 02:08:56 PM
Thanks all!

BTW, could I get away with not using primer next time? Would I just have to find the right kind of paint? You can see the primer showing through a bit in the pics, which is interesting, but not necessarily a better look than straight green against bare metal, you know?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: escapeplan on December 30, 2012, 08:30:37 PM
Here's one I got a kick out of doing for a custom request recently. He wanted a mammoth circuit put in an enclosure with a pic of the "Grumpy Cat". I'm pretty happy with the results, even tho I'm not really a cat person, lol. Here's the result...
(http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg131/andy05318/A_VZEF3CQAAcxjMjpglarge_zpsd0996f93.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: jwar on December 31, 2012, 07:02:12 PM
So I haven't been etching in awhile and decided to do one. I'm not thrilled with how it turned out. I've noticed a few times actually that when using Ferric Chloride, I don't get the right amount of depth on my etches. The conditions have to be almost perfect every time.

So I have a question. What would be a better method of getting a deeper etch and less superficial one?

Like I said, some turn out perfect, but I want more to turn out perfect.

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: guitarmageddon on December 31, 2012, 10:22:31 PM
Medusa Fuzz
A PNP Ge Fuzz ,(has a voltage inverter on the back of the board) Second stomp activates a clean blend mixed in with the middle knob.
Has a tri-color led. Red for on, which changes to blue with the blend activated. I used a dual gang pot for the blend, as the knob is turned the led changes from blue to green at fully cw.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/blue-1_zps9f1c4980.jpg)

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/IMG_0167_zpse81ed2a8.jpg)

Maestro Filter, Sample & Hold.

...took me four builds to get one to work. Great fun to play with though!

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/IMG_0139.jpg)

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/IMG_0144.jpg)

Distortion +

Added a switch for some asymetric clipping options.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/IMG_0122.jpg)

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/IMG_0128.jpg)

BYOC Phaser Royal

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/IMG_0092.jpg)

Ninja has light-up eyes.  ;D

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/IMG_0042.jpg)

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/IMG_0066.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on January 02, 2013, 05:10:47 AM
So I haven't been etching in awhile and decided to do one. I'm not thrilled with how it turned out. I've noticed a few times actually that when using Ferric Chloride, I don't get the right amount of depth on my etches. The conditions have to be almost perfect every time.

So I have a question. What would be a better method of getting a deeper etch and less superficial one?

Like I said, some turn out perfect, but I want more to turn out perfect.



keeping the ferric warm will help. especially at this time of year...(strong solution too)

etch, remove from ferric,  run under tap , use a toothbrush to rub off dead metal, then put back in ferric, ...
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: dromilious on January 05, 2013, 03:40:12 AM
Hello ! have a happy new year!I made a fuzz for my wife's brother .His band is Revolted Masses so i made an etch especially for him !
(http://sphotos-f.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/64568_314527585330734_813323128_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jabulani Jonny on January 08, 2013, 09:58:14 AM
Am I the only one working on etched enclosures this week? Heh...! :D

Here's the paint for my Category 3 Booster:

(http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/1782/cat3boosterpaint2.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/822/cat3boosterpaint2.jpg/) (http://img263.imageshack.us/img263/8055/cat3boosterpaint1.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/263/cat3boosterpaint1.jpg/)

I did all the detail work first, and sprayed the big area last. The main fill area is Rustoleum spray enamel, and the rest is Testors enamel that I mixed into varying shades, and then dabbed on with a brush. There actually is a pattern to the order of the border colors, but you'll never figure it out. $5 donation to DIYSB in the name of the first person who does. :P



So yeah, this is a tad late...   And no, I haven't read through every page yet to see if anyone has already guessed it.  Border colors =  Dr. Who   

Great design BTW.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on January 08, 2013, 10:11:08 AM
is it?....we never did find out.. :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on January 23, 2013, 11:23:25 AM
LIGHTWAH.  for one of our american cousins.. ;)

(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P230113_15.59.jpg)
(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P230113_16.01.jpg)
(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P230113_15.59%5B01%5D.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: pickdropper on January 23, 2013, 03:02:58 PM
Dead Astronaut, that is utterly fantastic. Brilliant.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: jrod on January 23, 2013, 03:11:46 PM
That Light Wah looks terrific!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: guitarmageddon on January 23, 2013, 03:48:29 PM
Dead Astronaut, that is utterly fantastic. Brilliant.
They sound wicked too!
Nice one Rob. 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: poppyman on January 23, 2013, 08:00:47 PM
My last etched boxes:

guitarPCB's hot chilicon Tonebender:

(http://i48.tinypic.com/4qj31u.jpg)

(http://i48.tinypic.com/15ot7v8.jpg)

AB/Y box:

(http://i50.tinypic.com/x1k3k2.jpg)

Devi ever's Sodameiser:

(http://i46.tinypic.com/2s19biw.jpg)

Devi ever's Torn's peaker/Aenima: (I tried to make a distressed look because the etch wasn't that great...I guess I went a little too far!!!)

(http://i49.tinypic.com/o0z13d.jpg)

(http://i46.tinypic.com/al5hqf.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: John Lyons on January 23, 2013, 08:15:16 PM
The Coke can etch is great!  ;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: poppyman on January 23, 2013, 08:23:06 PM
Thanks John!

The painting of this one wasn't a piece of cake.

I have to thank Deadastronaut , Gritz and Jdantsi for their advice.  :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: dromilious on January 24, 2013, 04:20:14 AM
Hello men out there! So good stompboxes i see above!One from me.TAZ drive
(http://sphotos-c.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/424459_321539737962852_2133829268_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on January 24, 2013, 04:42:52 AM
cheers guys...wow everyone has had an etch spurt on... :)


@poppyman:  that coke one came out great...very cool thats my fav.... 8)

@drimilous: excellent details....superb etch...nice. 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: stallik on January 24, 2013, 06:52:43 AM
@ Dead Astronaut Yet another beautifull build - inspirational as always
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: haveyouseenhim on January 28, 2013, 03:06:36 AM
I finally got a half decent enclosure etch. I had the pattern cut out of vinyl then i stuck it to the enclosure and etched away.

(http://i1267.photobucket.com/albums/jj545/haveyouseenhim/DSC08260_zpsb6eb6185.jpg)
(http://i1267.photobucket.com/albums/jj545/haveyouseenhim/DSC08259_zpse9ebfea6.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on January 28, 2013, 04:44:15 AM
@kevin: cheers man.. 8)

@mke, came out nice man,  metal pedal?.. ;)...
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: haveyouseenhim on January 28, 2013, 09:26:31 AM
@kevin: cheers man.. 8)

@mke, came out nice man,  metal pedal?.. ;)...

Thanks :)    I'm not sure yet. I started to put one of my Turkeyday shootout modulation junkie builds in it, but now that you say that i may put a Dr. Boogie. Maybe slant cut it long ways
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on January 28, 2013, 09:29:01 AM
@kevin: cheers man.. 8)

@mke, came out nice man,  metal pedal?.. ;)...

Dr. Boogie. Maybe slant cut it long ways

brave man... :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: haveyouseenhim on January 28, 2013, 10:16:26 AM
@kevin: cheers man.. 8)

@mke, came out nice man,  metal pedal?.. ;)...

Dr. Boogie. Maybe slant cut it long ways

brave man... :)

No   this is brave. I havent sat down to finish it yet but all it needs is the final assembly. It's a harmonic percolator in a slant cut 1590A.

(http://i1267.photobucket.com/albums/jj545/haveyouseenhim/DSC08238_zpse277fa87.jpg)

 
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on January 28, 2013, 10:18:18 AM
thats just being a masochist.... ;D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jdansti on January 28, 2013, 10:38:13 AM
I finally got a half decent enclosure etch. I had the pattern cut out of vinyl then i stuck it to the enclosure and etched away.
 
(http://i1267.photobucket.com/albums/jj545/haveyouseenhim/DSC08260_zpsb6eb6185.jpg)
(http://i1267.photobucket.com/albums/jj545/haveyouseenhim/DSC08259_zpse9ebfea6.jpg)

Nice!!!   :D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: guitarmageddon on January 29, 2013, 11:49:41 PM
^Cool texture!

Stag Beetle (Prosopocoilus bison cinctus)

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/IMG_0336.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on January 30, 2013, 03:08:28 AM
@guitarmaggedon:

cool, i love that. came out great...  8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jdansti on January 30, 2013, 03:36:47 AM
@guitarmaggedon

Very entomological and well done! Does the shading happen automatically due to the height and depth of the image, or do you vary the amount of paint?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: guitarmageddon on January 30, 2013, 04:12:19 AM
Thanks Gents!
It's part of the etch. It's a dot matrix.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: endorphin on February 01, 2013, 12:09:24 AM
Ooh nice! ;D
Title: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on February 03, 2013, 11:43:55 PM
Dallas Rangemaster on vero, switchable input caps (using a 10-way mini-rotary switch I bought from Joe Gagan), and OC44. (http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/02/04/a5abyvur.jpg)

I didn't personally do the etching, but it is a nice design. A fellow from the madbean forums etched it.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: joegagan on February 04, 2013, 01:55:45 AM
gorgeous result! kudos to the guy who etched it.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: guitarmageddon on February 04, 2013, 02:07:53 AM
I didn't personally do the etching, but it is a nice design. A fellow from the madbean forums etched it.
I know who etched it- It was me! :icon_lol:
That enclosure has been globe-trotting for about a year now.
... and I'll take a secondhand compliament too, thanks Joe. :icon_biggrin:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on February 04, 2013, 03:29:43 AM
^ kudos kudos kudos...

nice n swirly... 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: duck_arse on February 04, 2013, 09:07:43 AM
^ codtone

now, that's a name.
Title: Re: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on February 04, 2013, 09:30:35 AM
I didn't personally do the etching, but it is a nice design. A fellow from the madbean forums etched it.
I know who etched it- It was me! :icon_lol:
That enclosure has been globe-trotting for about a year now.
... and I'll take a secondhand compliament too, thanks Joe. :icon_biggrin:
It's inspiring me to etch my own. Great job
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Arcane Analog on February 05, 2013, 11:20:15 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v89/Troublestarter/NewEtches2_zpse4e8eb96.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on February 05, 2013, 11:30:46 AM
^ cool...
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: electrosonic on February 05, 2013, 01:16:42 PM
More practice etching.. one off Beavis Board w/ relay switching.

I took the idea for the graphic from a bottle of red wine. I think wine labels are great for inspiration for stompbox art - they are about the same size and have some great graphics and fonts.

(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/30050282/motorcycle.jpg)

Andrew.


Title: Re: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on February 07, 2013, 08:59:48 AM
More practice etching.. one off Beavis Board w/ relay switching.

I took the idea for the graphic from a bottle of red wine. I think wine labels are great for inspiration for stompbox art - they are about the same size and have some great graphics and fonts.

(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/30050282/motorcycle.jpg)

Andrew.

Wine......inspiring musicians in so many ways.;D
Title: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on February 08, 2013, 11:17:14 PM
http://youtu.be/HiG3W2rzdbE (http://youtu.be/HiG3W2rzdbE)
Added moar flare.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Boobslappy on February 09, 2013, 02:20:14 PM
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/02/10/be9u8ezy.jpg)
My first etch.....by no means perfect. Used PnP blue on a brother laser printer and etched in muriatic acid and peroxide. Prep work could have been better but damn the sanding is work!
GGG BMP with mid control and feedback loop with 1M light resistor (next to the LED)
Title: Re: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on February 11, 2013, 12:27:51 PM
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/02/10/be9u8ezy.jpg)
My first etch.....by no means perfect. Used PnP blue on a brother laser printer and etched in muriatic acid and peroxide. Prep work could have been better but damn the sanding is work!
GGG BMP with mid control and feedback loop with 1M light resistor (next to the LED)
looks....um.....nice! (Not the words my fiance used, tho ;D )
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on February 13, 2013, 10:37:04 AM
Hey,

I'm just building my first pedal and want to try etching the enclosure after seeing the results on this forum, rather than go down the waterslide/decal route.

I have a question, has anyone here tried using Caustic Soda/Lye/NaOH as opposed to Ferric Chloride? I've read that the etch can come out cleaner but from watching some aluminium vs. caustic soda vids on YouTube it looks like a lot more of a violent reaction with some pretty dangerous fumes so don't want to approach it half-heartedly!  :icon_eek:

Any pointers would be greatly appreciated!  :icon_smile:

Cheers
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jdansti on February 13, 2013, 10:44:32 AM
Haven't tried caustic soda (sodium hydroxide) for etching, but I've used it working in a lab. Getting a drop on your skin is just as painful as acid. As you noted, use extreme caution. Wear eye protection AND a face shield. Also wear gloves and long sleeves. Expect holes in your clothing if you even get the smallest droplets on them. Have a source of running water close by in the event that you need to flush your eyes or skin.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: defaced on February 13, 2013, 11:49:03 AM
I've played in that sand box - accidentally.  I was using potassium hydroxide (more reactive than sodium hydroxide, but very similar) drain cleaner to remove the resist from a box I etched (these were part of my experiments in photo etching).  Unsure of the concentration of the potassium hydroxide, I just dipped the box in (big mistake).  After a few seconds there were intense fumes, a good bit of heat, and a box that was quite scared by the event (I was not prepared for this - big mistake #2).  So yes, it will etch, and it is a serious reaction.  If I were to do this again I would massively mix down the concentration of the potassium hydroxide.  In addition to Jdansti's suggestions, I'd advise a way of providing good ventilation/fume removal and/or use of a breathing mask.  
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on February 13, 2013, 12:28:15 PM
Thanks for the replies chaps,

I'm intending to use a pipette to apply the NaOH to the unmasked areas as opposed to dipping so hopefully that will reduce the inherent risks involved. The guide I am following says to pipette on, leave for 2-5mins, wipe it off, rinse with water then repeat the procedure until desired result is achieved. I will be sure to wear glasses, gloves etc as it sounds like potentially painful stuff!

I think I will follow the usage instructions in terms of mixing/concentration and try an area on the rear panel to see how it goes, if it all gets a bit crazy I can then reduce the concentration if need be.

I haven't got all the materials to do it yet but I will post my results on here once I'm done, hopefully with most of my limbs still intact!  :icon_wink:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on February 13, 2013, 12:33:30 PM
^ looking forward to your results...

TAKE CARE THOUGH!!! :icon_eek:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jdansti on February 13, 2013, 01:55:12 PM
Good idea to use small quantities incrementally. Just beware that diluting with water will generate heat, so do this slowly.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: electrosonic on February 13, 2013, 02:47:57 PM
Remember if diluting acid, add acid to water not the other way around.

http://antoine.frostburg.edu/chem/senese/101/safety/faq/always-add-acid.shtml (http://antoine.frostburg.edu/chem/senese/101/safety/faq/always-add-acid.shtml)

I don't know why electro etching with copper sulfate isn't more popular, it is much safer. 
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: endorphin on February 23, 2013, 03:21:33 PM

"Pinocchio Theory" my first reverse etch.
(http://i1169.photobucket.com/albums/r518/shorty65mustang/byocpinocchiotheory019.jpg)(http://i1169.photobucket.com/albums/r518/shorty65mustang/byocpinocchiotheory024.jpg)
A nice simple Devi ever build,
(http://i1169.photobucket.com/albums/r518/shorty65mustang/aenimalight014_zpsb7d436f0.jpg)(http://i1169.photobucket.com/albums/r518/shorty65mustang/aenimalight009_zps6f2f3f2d.jpg)(http://i1169.photobucket.com/albums/r518/shorty65mustang/aenimalight011_zps9ea09053.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on February 28, 2013, 09:57:52 AM
''ohhhhhhhhhhhh my god, its a FLYING SAUCER'' :icon_eek:...........(theremin sounds)>.....whooohoooooeeeeeeooooooohhhoooooowweeeeeehooooo......

(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P280213_14.06%5B01%5D.jpg)

(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P280213_14.05%5B01%5D.jpg)

(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P280213_14.03.jpg)

reverb.

Middle led is white (always on)

Outer leds blue on/off

text could have done with being larger to get a better etch....but hey this is mine anyway....love it. :icon_cool:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pettol on February 28, 2013, 11:44:40 AM
NaOH (caustic soda) is my first choice. The etched areas is a lot smoother than with acid.

I'm intending to use a pipette to apply the NaOH to the unmasked areas as opposed to dipping so hopefully that will reduce the inherent risks involved. The guide I am following says to pipette on, leave for 2-5mins, wipe it off, rinse with water then repeat the procedure until desired result is achieved. I will be sure to wear glasses, gloves etc as it sounds like potentially painful stuff!

That's exactly how I do it. Works very well, but I need to find a more alkali resistant paint for touch ups.
Example:
(http://img20.imageshack.us/img20/6598/tumblrm280ghgcyt1rn2rxy.jpg)
Title: Re: Sv: Etched enclosures
Post by: Perrow on February 28, 2013, 12:26:08 PM
That compressor looks almost like surgical equipment, in a good way ;D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on February 28, 2013, 12:58:51 PM
+1 pettol, that is very clean..nice!. 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: TG Flatline on February 28, 2013, 05:51:47 PM
NaOH (caustic soda) is my first choice. The etched areas is a lot smoother than with acid.

I'm intending to use a pipette to apply the NaOH to the unmasked areas as opposed to dipping so hopefully that will reduce the inherent risks involved. The guide I am following says to pipette on, leave for 2-5mins, wipe it off, rinse with water then repeat the procedure until desired result is achieved. I will be sure to wear glasses, gloves etc as it sounds like potentially painful stuff!

That's exactly how I do it. Works very well, but I need to find a more alkali resistant paint for touch ups.
Example:
(http://img20.imageshack.us/img20/6598/tumblrm280ghgcyt1rn2rxy.jpg)

That's just ace. Wicked etch, and the knobs really complement the design. Also like the footswitch as low in the box as possible, I do the same wherever I can!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pettol on March 01, 2013, 02:12:27 AM
Thanks a lot guys!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: defaced on March 01, 2013, 09:18:55 AM
Excellent etch! What concentration of NaOH are you using? Or have you found it to be fairly insensitive?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pettol on March 01, 2013, 02:25:36 PM
Thanks. I've used a 17  % (w/w) solution. No reason for that specific concentration - was about to discard it in the lab. A bit lower  would probably work great too.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on March 01, 2013, 04:56:53 PM
Hi guys,

Just trying to get going with etching and tried using glossy magazine paper but after four attempts and a lot of swearing I've conceded defeat! I've sanded the enclosure from 400-2000 grit paper so looks nice and smooth but the toner is just not sticking to the enclosure properly, it's smudged and weird looking, any ideas?

Has anyone got any other suggestions or am I probably better off just going with Press N Peel as it does seem to produce consistent results?

Cheers!
Graham
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: TG Flatline on March 01, 2013, 07:08:54 PM
Hi guys,

Just trying to get going with etching and tried using glossy magazine paper but after four attempts and a lot of swearing I've conceded defeat! I've sanded the enclosure from 400-2000 grit paper so looks nice and smooth but the toner is just not sticking to the enclosure properly, it's smudged and weird looking, any ideas?

Has anyone got any other suggestions or am I probably better off just going with Press N Peel as it does seem to produce consistent results?

Cheers!
Graham

Hi Graham,

Are you pressing down hard with the iron? If you've not come across it already, have a look at Slade's tutorial as it is very useful. I use PnP with consistent results, but have used glossy paper without issue before, and a load of guys on here do it that way. Make sure you're patient when waiting for the toner to transfer. Some images can take a little while to get onto the box.

Don't give up on it though whatever you do, some of the best boxes on this forum are etched :) Good luck!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Arcane Analog on March 01, 2013, 08:19:56 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v89/Troublestarter/Flesheater2_zps624aeae9.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v89/Troublestarter/YYSmall_zpsf07beaf1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v89/Troublestarter/Owl-1Small_zpsb38542a3.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v89/Troublestarter/DemonSmall_zps3375ccca.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v89/Troublestarter/BuzzSmall_zps022f828c.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: TG Flatline on March 02, 2013, 01:10:59 AM
^ Sweet! Nice one dude! ^
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on March 02, 2013, 04:51:42 AM
@arcane : love the top one best, but all very cool.. :icon_cool:

@hex:   try sanding with 180 grit paper...then ironing..

then use finer paper...
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: guitarmageddon on March 02, 2013, 08:05:52 PM
Mini Si/Ge Fuzz Face, PNP with voltage inverter.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/IMG_0498_zps960db3c0.jpg)

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/IMG_0517_zpsfc48a772.jpg)

Shoot the Moon Trem, switch for square/sine wave.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/IMG_0493_zps94871469.jpg)

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/IMG_0486_zpsb6bf047a.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: poppyman on March 03, 2013, 08:25:54 PM
Ok, this is million miles away from the superb slick and detailed work of the lastest posts but I wanted to give  a go to an alternative technique.

I can get pretty frustrated with p'n'p blue transfers so I wanted to try a basic spray paint stencil + etch finish.
It's a bit random and kinda "blurry" but I kinda like the "rusty garden table" look.

Valvecaster (with input cap switch and faux-glow trick) and Red Llama.

(http://www.hostingpicture.fr/upload/c8ccc9e64b6efe62f344b89f1ba9a6b4.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pettol on March 04, 2013, 02:06:46 AM

(http://www.hostingpicture.fr/upload/c8ccc9e64b6efe62f344b89f1ba9a6b4.jpg)
Nice!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on March 04, 2013, 05:35:37 AM
@hex:   try sanding with 180 grit paper...then ironing..

then use finer paper...

Thanks man, I'll give that a go, I've also got some glossy photo paper which I'm going to try so I can follow Slade's tutorial a bit closer, will post results if I succeed! :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on March 04, 2013, 05:41:36 AM
^ cool,  with glossy paper, peel it off when its just cooling down...most of the time it will come off in one piece and leave no fibres/residue...

nail varnish any missing spots, look under a lamp for any shiny bits..... ;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on March 04, 2013, 05:46:07 AM
^ cool,  with glossy paper, peel it off when its just cooling down...most of the time it will come off in one piece and leave no fibres/residue...

nail varnish any missing spots, look under a lamp for any shiny bits..... ;)

Nice one, will do!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: TG Flatline on March 04, 2013, 06:48:05 AM

(http://www.hostingpicture.fr/upload/c8ccc9e64b6efe62f344b89f1ba9a6b4.jpg)

Love these! Really like the colours and the etch on the side.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mustachio on March 04, 2013, 10:43:46 AM
Wow! Some beautiful etches!

I need to ask , earlier I read you guys said you where using Sodium Hydroxide. I believe thats the main chemical in MG chemicals Positive developer. I have some of that left from when I was etching using the photo method. Think I can use it to etch a box ? Gonna give it a try soon unless  you guys know why I shouldn't.

So about a year or more ago I built a big muff on vero, the creamy dreamer version. It's pretty cool but just something I wouldn't use often cause its so thick and heavy. When I first built it I finished it with waterslide decals on bare aluminum that was sanded and sprayed with a can of cheap clear coat. It fogged up pretty bad after a few weeks. And Its just sat there unused ever since.

So I decided to redo the box last week and sanded and buffed it all down and just tried my first etch!

I used laser printer for the mask and some FeCl to etch. I just dabbed on with a q-tip and cleaned re-applied off and on for a few hours. here's what I got.


(http://i1053.photobucket.com/albums/s479/MCMustachio/IMAG0465_zps73fbae7b.jpg)

(http://i1053.photobucket.com/albums/s479/MCMustachio/IMAG0461_zps0ece0620.jpg)

(http://i1053.photobucket.com/albums/s479/MCMustachio/IMAG0470_zps61c89094.jpg)

(http://i1053.photobucket.com/albums/s479/MCMustachio/IMAG0471_zps237fd96f.jpg)

(http://i1053.photobucket.com/albums/s479/MCMustachio/IMAG0472_zps9933ed74.jpg)

Sanded down the high bright blue led, Now it doesn't make me see purple dots while I play !

I put it up on ebay cause I need to fund some other pedals. But was really fun as my first etch!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on March 04, 2013, 10:49:09 AM
looks cool jim...good idea on the led..ive done that a few times too...saves the retina's... :icon_eek: :icon_cool: ;D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on March 06, 2013, 04:44:36 AM
Hi chaps,

Just thought I would share my results using Sodium Hydroxide/Caustic Soda/NaOH as some of you were interested. I used this stuff: http://www.brandrefill.co.uk/homecare-caustic-soda-500g-500g/

Managed to get a successful mask using glossy photo paper, thanks to Dead Astronaut and Slade for the tips! I began using an approx. 20% solution which I pipetted on and rinsed off after 5 mins, I did this 7 or 8 times increasing the solution each time until it was about 40%, not sure if increasing the strength was actually necessary but was just experimenting really.

The test etch I did on the rear panel seemed to come out cleaner, I suspect this was mainly due to the fact I spent more time sanding it than I did with the top of the enclosure. Also I slightly smudged the mask during the transfer process on the top, fortunately though this actually turned out ok as I think the design looks cool with a slightly gnarled look to it! The design is from my favourite film, Dead Man's Shoes. Next I plan to paint the etch black, sand, then spray the enclosure with translucent red paint. Should I clear coat afterwards do you think?

Meanwhile;

(http://24.media.tumblr.com/7241895603c65099ee2c4d86792aae29/tumblr_mj9c94jQsK1s7epwwo1_400.jpg)
(http://24.media.tumblr.com/83fbb3f44ac9fb57e55a3ec9df3a5be9/tumblr_mj8hkzN9Ng1s7epwwo1_400.jpg)
Title: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on March 08, 2013, 12:24:58 AM
Pipette....never heard of that.
Is it one of these?
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/03/08/ypy8a5eg.jpg)
Title: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on March 08, 2013, 05:06:26 AM
Pipette....never heard of that.
Is it one of these?
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/03/08/ypy8a5eg.jpg)

It's one of these;

(http://www.pfstar.com/assets/images/1081607.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on March 08, 2013, 05:22:38 AM
@hex: came out cool....looks great.  8)

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on March 08, 2013, 05:35:00 AM
@hex: came out cool....looks great.  8)

Cheers man! I'm pretty pleased with it for a first go, will post another pic once I've finished it. I'm just about to start my second etch, the design is a lot more intricate though, hopefully it will work!
Title: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on March 08, 2013, 10:11:47 AM
So...how does one apply etchant using the pipette method?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pettol on March 08, 2013, 11:28:20 AM
Just apply droplets on the area you want to etch. The surface tension will keep them in place. Sort of.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on March 08, 2013, 11:31:17 AM
Just apply droplets on the area you want to etch. The surface tension will keep them in place. Sort of.

+1
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Arcane Analog on March 08, 2013, 11:33:17 AM
If you are going to etch by limiting the solution to a small area you can simply use a sponge or a brush. Both work better than a dropper as you can work the etchant into the area and remove the waste material.
Title: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on March 08, 2013, 01:01:49 PM
You guys are making it sound too easy...:)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: electrosonic on March 08, 2013, 02:30:43 PM
Finally got a couple of free hours this morning and botched two transfers. Got distracted (twice!) and overheated both transfers.  Damn.

Andrew.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: kupervaser on March 08, 2013, 03:41:44 PM
Colorsound overdriver

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/03/09/4usy7eha.jpg)

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/03/09/eqaby5eb.jpg)
Title: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on March 08, 2013, 04:36:20 PM
Well, that's it. I'm going for it. How do you suggest protecting the sides of the enclosure?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: kupervaser on March 08, 2013, 04:58:22 PM
Just paint the enclosure black and after it is dry use the sand paper to clean the top for the toner transfer.
I made a walkthrough here
http://www.newtone-online.nl/forum/index.php/topic,6599.msg50736.html#msg50736

It is in Dutch, but follow the pictures and you will get the idea.
Title: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on March 08, 2013, 05:53:04 PM
What, you think I can't read Dutch? I was just in Solvang a couple months ago.....;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Arcane Analog on March 08, 2013, 08:02:52 PM
I cannot believe people use paint to protect the enclosure. Just use masking or painters tape and save youself a pile of work and grief. Why would you want to do all of that extra work?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: glops on March 08, 2013, 08:18:32 PM
I cannot believe people use paint to protect the enclosure. Just use masking or painters tape and save youself a pile of work and grief. Why would you want to do all of that extra work?

Painting is probably easier. At least to me, but I would do both and not paint the top of the enclosure and mask the top off. But usually I let the sides burn, as well. Sometimes I paint the inside of the enclosure or use painters tape.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Arcane Analog on March 08, 2013, 08:21:04 PM
How can painting be easier when you have to spray, dry and then sand it off? With tape ypu put it on and pell it of. Zero wait time and zero sanding.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: glops on March 08, 2013, 11:50:20 PM
Yeah, actually I agree with you, especially if youre just masking the sides. Sometimes I paint the inside of the box because I usually let the sides burn so there's always some acid that will burn in the enclosure which I try to avoid. But I think my aversion to tape is that when I dont paint inside the enclosure I use painters tape and it always takes so many strips to seal it off. This would easily be remedied by buying wider tape.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Arcane Analog on March 09, 2013, 12:44:56 AM
I use the green painters tape and it only takes one strip to do the whole side of a 125B. It folds over to protect the inside from splashes or the like as well.
Title: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on March 09, 2013, 03:40:00 AM
I have lots of tape. Not much paint. Seeing as how i have ferric chloride, I'm rolling with that too. I'll do a practice run on my "rock it before you box it" box. I REALLY need to get some laser toner in my old printer....
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on March 09, 2013, 05:25:56 AM
+1 on tape...

i use electrical pvc tape around the top edge, then cover with masking tape all around to the base and fold in...

the electrical tape makes a good resist, plus doesn't leave residue and comes off nicely...sod painting the sides , then having to sand it all again...


my prep for boxes.,

sand top only, coarse grade 180, ...iron, nail varnish edges, tape, etch, remove tape, now sand edges 180, then top and sides 400-600 grade,

masking tape sides..spray black(colour) on top..dry, sand top (remove excess paint)  with 'used' 400-600 grade....drill....final buff , clean.... then clearcoat...job done. :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: duck_arse on March 09, 2013, 08:38:51 AM
I usually use stikky-backed plastic, like for covering school books. seeing as I don't have a laser printer, I usually have to cut my mask, through the sticky back, with an exacto knife. what a bastard. and I've got two of them to do now.

kupervaser, pardon my saying, but I like how you've made (such) a crappy finish look (so) good.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mustachio on March 09, 2013, 11:20:40 AM
Well I just tested Etching with Sodium Hydroxide...

I used MG Chemicals Positive Developer which is a pre mix of sodium hydroxide and deionized water. I don't know the ratio. But I figured I would give it a try. It worked well.

I poured a small amount into a paper dixie cup and applied some to the enclosure after I masked it ( I used blue painters tape on the sides and some sharpie marker around the edges.

Turns out that stuff eats through paper pretty fast. about a minute or 2 after I had applied some and left to wash my hands I came back picked up the cup to put it some place safer with my bare hands and the bottom fell out!

Haha lil splash landed on my right hand nothing major I washed it off. About an hour or 2 later my hand was pretty dry,red,burning. And thats after a lot of water rinse. But ill survive nothing to bad. It might have been from using these old Nitrile gloves for the 100th time they are probably dirty inside and out.

Either way here's my results. I think I can do better Im not protecting the larger masked areas with anything extra and the sodium hydroxide sort of leaked into the paper masking tape. So some things learned and I'm still happy with the results.

When it was first done.
(http://i1053.photobucket.com/albums/s479/MCMustachio/IMAG0479_zps40da8ad5.jpg)

(http://i1053.photobucket.com/albums/s479/MCMustachio/IMAG0480_zps20c0d82e.jpg)

I reworked it a little with some sand paper and a buffer
(http://i1053.photobucket.com/albums/s479/MCMustachio/IMAG0483_zps96e162f7.jpg)

Drilled and mocked up with components. Forgot to drill the led hole when I took these pics. It is drilled now and has a 3mm orange diffused :) .

(http://i1053.photobucket.com/albums/s479/MCMustachio/IMAG0486_zpse4ec7f83.jpg)

(http://i1053.photobucket.com/albums/s479/MCMustachio/IMAG0487_zps903aef49.jpg)

(http://i1053.photobucket.com/albums/s479/MCMustachio/IMAG0489_zpse3dd1137.jpg)

(http://i1053.photobucket.com/albums/s479/MCMustachio/IMAG0491_zps353292ca.jpg)

(http://i1053.photobucket.com/albums/s479/MCMustachio/IMAG0493_zpseca5d8c9.jpg)

(http://i1053.photobucket.com/albums/s479/MCMustachio/IMAG0494_zpsaf5d8c5a.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jdansti on March 09, 2013, 12:43:06 PM
Turned out great!

Don't be surprised if you have some tiny holes in your clothing next time you wash them!

FYI- in the future, have some vinegar (acetic acid) on hand to wash your hands if you get some NaOH on you. :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Arcane Analog on March 09, 2013, 06:24:54 PM
That is a sweet layout/design, Mustachio.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: rousejeremy on March 09, 2013, 06:48:42 PM
Very nice!
Title: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on March 09, 2013, 11:36:34 PM
Another beautiful etch. I really like the metal on metal look.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mustachio on March 10, 2013, 01:27:05 AM
Thanks guys! :D

John thanks for the tip! I wish i woulda known a few days ago.

Ut oh on the clothes i know some dropped on my shoe , luckily I'm a pretty poor dresser so nothing ruined that matters.

I looked up some new info on gloves ill post later in a diff thread but its great info for working with chemicals.

thanks for the kind words, Any one have any more tips on masking the sides of the box during an etch and what etch-ant your using with your method of masking.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pettol on March 10, 2013, 04:35:11 AM
Mustachio, Loved your etch!

Sodium hydroxide is my first choice for etching. Masking is a bit of a problem though. I have had bad experience with tape (the enchant kept getting under it, starting etching areas I didn't even see) and normal paint doesn't work (paint remover is basically sodium hydroxide :-\). I am now evaluating UV curable ink, which appears to be very alkali resistant. Paint for metal roofs may also work, though I haven't tried it.
And, one does not have to sand off the masking paint (appears to be a common opinion). Just put the whole thing in acetone or ethyl acetate for a while. :-)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on March 10, 2013, 05:02:48 AM
+1,  looks great, even without paint etc....nice n shiney... 8)

never been a fan of those knobs, but they do look cool on this...,  ;)..nice.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Arcane Analog on March 10, 2013, 09:16:24 AM
Nice aluminum knobs would kick it up a notch for sure.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mustachio on March 10, 2013, 09:23:40 AM
Haha you know I thought the same thing about the knobs but I couldn't find my bag of black Davies. The cream ones didn't look right and the aluminium ones covered the labeling. But these don't look half bad on this, they match the black jacks.

You know the Sodium hydroxide does seem to eat up ink and paper well. My first test was pouring a small amount over a my name I wrote in sharpie marker. It instantly dissolved the marker. And ate away at the aluminium fast. It seems to work faster when submerged then when dabbed on slowly in small amounts.

I think Rob mentioned earlier black electrical tape, gonna have to try that next. Cause plastic seems to be ok , ill test it on the side first and see what it does to the tape on its own. masking tape though is a no go.

Thanks for the ups on the look of the case. I used a high speed makita buffer! I like the metal on metal look no paint. The only problem I'm having with it so far is fitting the pcb in the case. The 0.39u cap I got from tayda is Gigantic, and so far going through my parts the closest I have is a .33u thats small enough. Ill figure it out in the next few days and maybe do a video demo. I been itching to try a Klon style pedal, This is Madbeans Kingslayer self etched from his pdf. Can't wait to try it, I used some black glass diodes from Chromesphere , and 2 diff germanium diodes.

What I was trying to do with this design layout was get both positive and negative etch styles with the text for the pedal name and the controls. The controls being sunk down and the name being embossed up. Was neat and wasn't sure how things would turn out etching with positive developer solution made for developing pre-sensitized pcb's.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mustachio on March 10, 2013, 09:25:46 AM
I got like 40 aluminum knobs at the moment but the controls labeling is to close for them they get half covered. But black davies might work if I can find the bag I have of them. The more I look at these knobs the more they look like upside down garbage cans! hahaha
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: kupervaser on March 10, 2013, 11:13:52 AM
I usually use stikky-backed plastic, like for covering school books. seeing as I don't have a laser printer, I usually have to cut my mask, through the sticky back, with an exacto knife. what a bastard. and I've got two of them to do now.

kupervaser, pardon my saying, but I like how you've made (such) a crappy finish look (so) good.

Thanks, however I was aiming for something else. The thing is, when I sand the enclosure after painting I also remove the paint form the etched parts, which is not what I want, but I have not been able to avoide this.
Title: Re: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on March 10, 2013, 11:19:08 AM
I usually use stikky-backed plastic, like for covering school books. seeing as I don't have a laser printer, I usually have to cut my mask, through the sticky back, with an exacto knife. what a bastard. and I've got two of them to do now.

kupervaser, pardon my saying, but I like how you've made (such) a crappy finish look (so) good.

Thanks, however I was aiming for something else. The thing is, when I sand the enclosure after painting I also remove the paint form the etched parts, which is not what I want, but I have not been able to avoide this.
Are you using a stiff sanding block?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: davent on March 10, 2013, 12:03:59 PM
Would running a bead of silicone caulk along the edge of the tape prevent etchant seepage, would it resisit the etchant or would the etchant dissolve it as well?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jdansti on March 10, 2013, 12:59:05 PM
^ NaOH is compatible with silicone. You can check NaOH's compatability with some other materials here:
http://www.coleparmer.com/Chemical-Resistance
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mustachio on March 10, 2013, 02:17:40 PM
Nice link John!

After spilled a bit of NaoH on my hand my friend sent me this link.  :icon_lol:

http://www.northwestern.edu/uservices/docs/labs/SafetyTrainer_gloveselection.pdf

good info there too.

I need to buy a new box of gloves!
Title: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on March 10, 2013, 03:37:06 PM
So...180 grit sandpaper for pre-etch, 2000 grit post-etch? Is that the consensus? Going to grab some in a while today.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on March 10, 2013, 03:40:09 PM
yeah i go with 180 to really key the mutha up... :icon_twisted:

then 400-600---but finer will be ok too, it'll just be shinier.. :icon_cool:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: glops on March 10, 2013, 09:29:01 PM
Great etches, kupervaser and mustachio!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on March 11, 2013, 05:50:05 AM
@mustachio Great etch, love the design!

yeah i go with 180 to really key the mutha up... :icon_twisted:

That's interesting, I've been doing 400->800->1200->1500->2000 pre-etch so it's super smooth as I thought that was the idea? Does a rougher surface help with the transfer then? Would much rather do that than spend 30 mins sanding with all the various grades beforehand! ;)

Still having a few teething problems with etching, mainly that I keep smudging the mask during transfer, have I been applying too much pressure perhaps? Do you guys just go over lightly with the iron? I've been pressing down quite hard.

Also I tried submerging the box in sodium hydroxide but I think I must have made the solution too strong (about 50%) as the reaction was pretty violent and this was the result after about a minute and half! Didn't come out anywhere near as clean as I wanted so back to the drawing board I think!

(http://25.media.tumblr.com/adde8536b96ca411a677fd352a7d3570/tumblr_mjhpqeQIKx1s7epwwo1_500.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on March 11, 2013, 05:59:24 AM
hi hex:

180 gives the toner a better grip imo...

as for smudging,  i used to tape the transfer to the box so it can't move..(but got sick of hot glue from tape sticking to sides etc)..but now i just place it where it should be and put the iron on one end of the transfer so it sticks (holding the transfer)

and then pull the iron over the rest of it....remember the ally boxes get really hot, pretty quick...so you don't need to iron for very long really...(i use hottest setting on iron)


delay lama.. ;D :icon_cool:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on March 11, 2013, 06:15:08 AM
Ok thanks Rob I'll give that a go next time. I've been sticking it down with tape, then just leaving the iron on top for a minute, then going round the whole mask pressing quite hard with the edge of the iron for about 10 mins, seems like I might have been overdoing it?
Title: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on March 11, 2013, 07:57:09 AM
Delay lama. That is sweet.8)

Does the magazine paper trick work on boxes? I tried to transfer yesterday, that ink just sat on the paper, would not transfer at all. I'm using the laser printer at work, so maybe I'll have to bring some glossy paper in with me....

Will inkjet photo paper work, as long as laser printer is used?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on March 11, 2013, 08:07:46 AM
yep glossy magazine paper works a treat.....has to be shiney though...not matt...try and find a page without much colour on it...just text etc..

do you have access to the printer settings?...turn toner saver off, print at best quality. dark.

not sure on inkjet glossy paper...
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: duck_arse on March 11, 2013, 10:09:38 AM
kupervaser, I'm still trying to think of a way to do a colour filled etch with a painted panel. I can only think to spray the panel, stick on the mask, and sand through the exposed paint. then etch and spray the fill colour. I'm not sure it will work too well, though, might end up with that 'special' look, like your pedal.

Hexjibber, try filling that delay lama with diff colors of paint, you might end up with something real good. 70's burnt orange dot swirls?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: electrosonic on March 11, 2013, 02:40:29 PM
Great morning, two successful etches and I found a set of Monsoon MM-1000 speakers w/ subwoofer for $25 at the thrift store.

(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/30050282/swallow.jpg)

from an 1870 Lithograph - Octopus attack from Jules Verne's "20000 Leagues Under the Sea"

(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/30050282/20000%20leagues.jpg)

Electro-etched w/ copper sulfate

Andrew.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on March 11, 2013, 02:45:43 PM
@andrew:  came out nice man.... :icon_cool: :icon_cool: :icon_cool: :icon_cool:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: electrosonic on March 11, 2013, 02:51:12 PM
The thing I like about the electo etching is that the etch is darkened by the process. Once it is done, I just clean off the toner with acetone and I am done - no painting and no sanding. It suits my lazy nature.

Andrew.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on March 11, 2013, 03:21:40 PM
cool, sounds nice n easy.....i need to be more lazy... :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on March 14, 2013, 01:07:48 PM


here's my usual rubbish... :icon_rolleyes:

(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/spit1.jpg)

(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/spit2.jpg)

(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/spit3.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: bluebunny on March 14, 2013, 01:45:12 PM
here's my usual rubbish... :icon_rolleyes:

(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/spit1.jpg)

Noooo!  You do yourself a disservice, Rob!  I know lazy would give you more time for sausages, but don't neglect your excellent etches!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on March 14, 2013, 02:07:28 PM
i always make time for sausages... ;D  cheers man.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jdansti on March 14, 2013, 03:10:30 PM


here's my usual rubbish... :icon_rolleyes:


Cool looking rubbish!  I like the Rorschach inspired eyes. ;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mustachio on March 15, 2013, 04:24:36 AM
Your pedals always look great Rob! Do you clear coat them ?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on March 15, 2013, 05:46:06 AM
h jim, yep i use car clearcoat spray... it can cure by itself, or be put in a toster oven for just a couple on mins literally........or on a radiator.

just keeps em shiny.. 8)

thin coat on sides, few coats on top.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pettol on March 15, 2013, 08:39:30 AM
@deadastronaut: Nice etch! I have got to try clear coating them some time...
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on March 15, 2013, 12:40:57 PM
Has anyone tried using a sponge to apply the etchant to an enclosure? Thinking about trying it with sodium hydroxide as pipetting takes quite a while with a full design and dipping/submerging didn't work out too well for me last time! Found this and wondered if it would work for etching enclosures?

http://www.instructables.com/id/Sponge-Ferric-Chloride-Method-Etch-Circuit-Bo/
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jdansti on March 15, 2013, 01:27:35 PM
Has anyone tried using a sponge to apply the etchant to an enclosure? Thinking about trying it with sodium hydroxide as pipetting takes quite a while with a full design and dipping/submerging didn't work out too well for me last time! Found this and wondered if it would work for etching enclosures?

http://www.instructables.com/id/Sponge-Ferric-Chloride-Method-Etch-Circuit-Bo/

Test a small piece of  the sponge material first to make sure it's compatible with the NaOH.  Another option might be a paint brush. Again, test for compatibility.
Title: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on March 15, 2013, 02:27:26 PM
I plan on doing the sponge method this weekend.  Gotta grab some laser toner first....>:(

I'll report the results.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on March 16, 2013, 05:22:20 PM
Etch #3! Really pleased with how this one turned out  :)

(http://25.media.tumblr.com/a54a5c269362c536398115a8b96b7f37/tumblr_mjrv1mUme61s7epwwo1_400.jpg)
Title: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on March 16, 2013, 05:59:14 PM
How did you do the two-tone thing?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pettol on March 17, 2013, 10:41:19 AM


(http://25.media.tumblr.com/a54a5c269362c536398115a8b96b7f37/tumblr_mjrv1mUme61s7epwwo1_400.jpg)

Beautiful! Great work Graham!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on March 17, 2013, 12:18:19 PM
+1 came out excellent.. 8)
Title: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on March 17, 2013, 02:01:39 PM
Having the worst luck getting the toner to transfer. On my fourth try, this time using photo paper. Crossing fingers....
Title: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: rousejeremy on March 17, 2013, 02:31:00 PM
Having the worst luck getting the toner to transfer. On my fourth try, this time using photo paper. Crossing fingers....

Don't feel bad. I've never successfully etched a pedal. I don't know how these guys do it. It's tough enough to get a PCB etched just right.
Title: Re: Re: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on March 17, 2013, 03:50:11 PM
Having the worst luck getting the toner to transfer. On my fourth try, this time using photo paper. Crossing fingers....

Don't feel bad. I've never successfully etched a pedal. I don't know how these guys do it. It's tough enough to get a PCB etched just right.
partial luck with the photo paper, but not useable. :-\ I'm going to try sanding with 1800 grit before I transfer this time. The photo paper leaves a lot of stickiness on the box.
Title: Re: Re: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on March 17, 2013, 04:13:21 PM
Having the worst luck getting the toner to transfer. On my fourth try, this time using photo paper. Crossing fingers....

Don't feel bad. I've never successfully etched a pedal. I don't know how these guys do it. It's tough enough to get a PCB etched just right.
partial luck with the photo paper, but not useable. :-\ I'm going to try sanding with 1800 grit before I transfer this time. The photo paper leaves a lot of stickiness on the box.

Keep at it man, you'll get there! If it helps I sanded with 400 then 800 for about 15mins in total, rinsed then cleaned with acetone making sure not to touch the top surface afterwards. I use Polaroid Premium Gloss Photo Paper, 180gsm and transferred using the iron on the hottest setting and not applying too much pressure for about 10mins in total.

Thanks for the compliments guys, couldn't have done it without your help! Really enjoying it now!
Title: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on March 17, 2013, 05:30:00 PM
Having the worst luck getting the toner to transfer. On my fourth try, this time using photo paper. Crossing fingers....

Don't feel bad. I've never successfully etched a pedal. I don't know how these guys do it. It's tough enough to get a PCB etched just right.
partial luck with the photo paper, but not useable. :-\ I'm going to try sanding with 1800 grit before I transfer this time. The photo paper leaves a lot of stickiness on the box.

Keep at it man, you'll get there! If it helps I sanded with 400 then 800 for about 15mins in total, rinsed then cleaned with acetone making sure not to touch the top surface afterwards. I use Polaroid Premium Gloss Photo Paper, 180gsm and transferred using the iron on the hottest setting and not applying too much pressure for about 10mins in total.

Thanks for the compliments guys, couldn't have done it without your help! Really enjoying it now!
my girl is going to get mad if I waste more of her photo paper:)
I ran out and brought home some wet/dry sandpaper, 180 up to 2500 grit. Sanded off with 400 (I've already sanded it with 180 a few times), cleaned with Zippo fluid, now trying with magazine paper....
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on March 17, 2013, 05:46:01 PM
zippo fluid?...

i wouldn't bother with that....may leave an oily residue...


when sanding use a little washing up liquid too...then just rinse, dry..iron.

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: davent on March 17, 2013, 06:45:21 PM
I have never tried an etch so just speculation on my part but, have you been using are hard flat block to back your paper and level sand the top of your enclosure? Take a marker and mark up the top of the enclosure with that, sand with the hard backed paper and it's easy to see how uneven the surface is and what's necessary to get to a true flat face.

A soft backing of the paper would just follow whatever uneveness was present in the top, maybe even make it worse. If the top isn't perfectly flat you wouldn't get uniform heating when you try and transfer, the high areas would transfer but in the dips there would be issues.

dave
Title: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on March 17, 2013, 08:42:27 PM
Okay, skipping the Zippo fluid.
I'm using a drywall sanding block, wrapped with the sandpaper. I started with 180, then 220, then 400. I've got a metal ruler as a straight edge to check that it's flat.
Title: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on March 17, 2013, 08:45:39 PM
This is the image (before inverting and flipping) that I'm trying.(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/03/18/rezemude.jpg)

This is the last effort...couldn't get the paper completely off, but the toner had come off in key places that I don't think I could fix with paint pen. So I need to try it over.
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/03/18/zery8yqa.jpg)

Maybe the image is too detailed?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on March 17, 2013, 08:54:11 PM
the 'paper' image looks really rough....





Title: Re: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on March 17, 2013, 09:01:07 PM
the 'paper' image looks really rough....
I've since been using vector graphics for the actual transfer. The paper print was after converting to bitmap, and it's also on an inkjet.
The transfer image is very crisp and detailed, maybe too much fine detail....

Oh, yes, I'm also using a Brother laser printer. I've heard stories about them not being so good for this. But that's what I'm stuck with...
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: electrosonic on March 17, 2013, 10:06:09 PM
I could never get a good toner transfer with my Brother laser printer. I gave it away and bought a Samsung and have has much better luck.

Andrew.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: davent on March 17, 2013, 10:14:32 PM
Something else that's real handy to have on your art would be the "crosshairs" for your pots', jack (meant switch) and LED holes. Will ensure that your holes and legending are aligned.

dave
Title: Re: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on March 17, 2013, 11:22:31 PM
I could never get a good toner transfer with my Brother laser printer. I gave it away and bought a Samsung and have has much better luck.

Andrew.
that's what I've been hearing. I'm going to get a different one.
Yet another thing to suck up my money.....all in the name of my obsessive hobby.:)
Title: Re: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on March 17, 2013, 11:27:43 PM
Something else that's real handy to have on your art would be the "crosshairs" for your pots', jack and LED holes. Will ensure that your holes and legending are aligned.

dave
I'm still struggling with illustrator/Photoshop/inkscape, I have a hell of a time with "layers" and importing graphics from one image to another. Vector packs are somewhat of a pain for me at the moment. But I'm making progress. I used rulers and went off of a three knob 125b drill template I found around here somewhere.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: John Lyons on March 17, 2013, 11:31:24 PM
On the subject of getting the box flat.
Using a hard flat bock to sand with is one way.
Another way it to put a wet sheet of wet/dry silicon carbide sandpaper
on a sheet of glass then sand with the top side of the enclosure down.
Make sure to keep the paper wet and wash of the metal dust every once
and a while. You can hold down the paper to the glass with one hand
and hold the box with the other.

One way to get around having a super flat box top is to
take out some of the slop by making your iron surface softer.
It's hard to get two hard surfaces perfectly parallel, especially when you are
moving them around,
Put a folded sheet of paper between the iron and the box.
This will iron out any small imperfections and give you more contact between
the iron and box. They make different sanding pads for this very reason.
You could use 3 or 4 sheets if you like. Or heavier paper.
Once the box is hot it does not take that much heat to keep it there.

EDIT:
May as well add this for clarity. Use an even pressure and circular
ironing motion. I make small circles around all the edges and then work
into the center with some mild pressure. You want to work over the
entire area and press the photo paper or press and peel blue onto the
whole surface of the box while keeping the iron and box as parallel as posible.
That being said, I lean a little on the fist half/tip of the iron while making circles.

Title: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on March 18, 2013, 12:32:26 AM
Thanks for the help, John.
I finally got a decent transfer, but I think the details were too fine. The etch didn't pick it all up, and some of the toner seems to have given way during the etching. It wouldn't rub off with my fingers, but didn't hold up in the etching process.
I won't really know how my first one came out until I sand it down tomorrow. It's late, I have been at this all day.

One thing I do know, I'm getting a new laser printer this week. I've heard too many bad things about Brother printers. Get what you pay for, I guess.


I just want to thank you all for the help and suggestions. I love these forums. You all rock.8)
Title: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on March 18, 2013, 10:25:00 PM
Okay.
My first etch. Be kind. After initial sanding (I used a dremel with a wire brush to clean some of the lettering so I can go back over it with a paintpen).


It's going to house Jon Patton's clipper ship. Hence the  ship.
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/03/19/yga3a6ut.jpg)

I think the toner didn't transfer too well.
Getting rid of the brother laser printer tomorrow, and investing in a decent one. I've got one suggestion for Samsung.
Any other suggestions for a decent, inexpensive laser printer?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: John Lyons on March 18, 2013, 11:51:55 PM
That actually looks pretty good other than the pin hole pitting.
Make sure to mask off the area where etchant can seep under the
toner transfer. I use dollar store enamel paint dabbed on with a small
artist brush. Use a strong light. If you see any aluminum gleaming through
then dab on some paint to keep that area from etching.
One way you can keep etchant in the right place is by dabbing it on the areas
you want to etch rather than submerging the whole top. Use a Q tip/earbud
soaked in etchant and after a few retouches wash away the spent etchant and
dab on more may take a bit more time but it's highly more accurate in localizing
your etch areas and cutting down on surface area where pin holes may hide.

Another way to do it is to entirely coat the top with paint right up to where the
transfer isn't blocking etchant. Will take some time but the etch will be only
where you want it. Covering larger areas with toner isn't foolproof, it's quite thin
and unrealistic to think that it will be 100% blocking.
Title: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on March 19, 2013, 12:27:36 AM
Thanks, John. I used a paint pen to cover the edges of the toner, but not in the large patches of toner. And i did submerge it.
Lesson learned.
I'll cover everything I can with enamel next time. Also plan on trying the sponge/sponge qtip method. Good thing I've got a few bare enclosures here....;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on March 19, 2013, 03:34:54 AM
well its not too bad. :)

like john said look at it under a light, you'll see shiny specs where the toner missed...basically paint everything you don't etch.


printer: samsung ML1600:  ;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mustachio on March 19, 2013, 03:49:02 AM
Yup I agree with those guys, and don't worry this is good practice and fun!

Printer: I bought a Canon LBP6000 recently its awesome , and cheap for what where doing here. I got mine for 50 bucks brand new. The options for toner darkness etc are great and simple to find.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pettol on March 19, 2013, 06:58:12 AM
One way you can keep etchant in the right place is by dabbing it on the areas you want to etch rather than submerging the whole top. Use a Q tip/earbud soaked in etchant and after a few retouches wash away the spent etchant and dab on more may take a bit more time but it's highly more accurate in localizing your etch areas and cutting down on surface area where pin holes may hide.

+1

If you're using NaOH, you need to find some alkali resistant paint for masking (enamel doesn't work).
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: radio on March 19, 2013, 07:57:12 AM
I hope my question is not too off-topic ,but it s related to etchings some 250 years ago.

I was last weekend in the Rembrandt house/Amsterdam ,and he did some remarquable

etchings in those days, but mainly on copper to transfer pictures on paper.

Wouldn't that be a method for us today a bit like silkscreening?

Unfortunatly , no info about the acids.

Thoughts???

Regards JM
Title: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on March 19, 2013, 09:24:38 AM
On the subject of printers....
You think 600x600 dpi is too low of a resolution for etching boxes?
More importantly, pcb's ?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: haveyouseenhim on March 19, 2013, 11:07:51 AM
I hope my question is not too off-topic ,but it s related to etchings some 250 years ago.

I was last weekend in the Rembrandt house/Amsterdam ,and he did some remarquable

etchings in those days, but mainly on copper to transfer pictures on paper.

Wouldn't that be a method for us today a bit like silkscreening?

Unfortunatly , no info about the acids.

Thoughts???

Regards JM

What they did is coat a sheet of copper with a thin layer of wax and use a fine needle to draw in the wax. by doing this the copper would be exposed where they drew. they would then dip it in an acid to etch where the copper is exposed leaving the drawn image in the copper. Then they take off the wax and cover it with ink and press it to paper.
So its not really like silkscreening. It's more like pressings.

I hope that explains what you were asking about.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: radio on March 19, 2013, 11:34:57 AM
Thanks for your explanation, Mike !

Regards JM
Title: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: defaced on March 19, 2013, 03:04:24 PM
On the subject of printers....
You think 600x600 dpi is too low of a resolution for etching boxes?
More importantly, pcb's ?
That's fine.  Most artwork isn't even that high resolution. 
Title: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Perrow on March 19, 2013, 03:38:50 PM
On the subject of printers....
You think 600x600 dpi is too low of a resolution for etching boxes?
More importantly, pcb's ?
That's fine.  Most artwork isn't even that high resolution.  

I use a 300x300 inkjet for PCBs (photo sensitive boards) and they're every bit as detailed as you need for through hole components.
Title: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on March 19, 2013, 05:27:59 PM
I've learned from a couple mistakes, had some great input from you guys, and came close to to a good etch.
I'm really excited to try another. Unfortunately, 11 hour workdays don't leave much time for anything. Hopefully this weekend.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: guitarmageddon on March 20, 2013, 07:10:48 AM
Codtone Expandra, (Bixonic Expandora)

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/IMG_0632_zps247930bd.jpg)

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on March 20, 2013, 07:17:02 AM
Codtone Expandra, (Bixonic Expandora)

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/IMG_0632_zps247930bd.jpg)



Nice etch and great choice of graphic for the pedal!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on March 20, 2013, 07:23:10 AM
+1 , cool design... 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: graylensman on March 20, 2013, 04:17:07 PM
A question about irons: how harmful to the iron is it to use in the transfer process?

Or, to phrase it in another way: will my housemate know that I've borrowed his iron to make etching transfers, or is it wiser to buy a used on off Craigslist?
Title: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on March 20, 2013, 05:09:10 PM
If you use paper or cloth over the transfer (like I didn't at first), should be ok. Do NOT iron photo paper without something between it and the iron.  Or suffer the consequences, like I did...:)

My girl is going to be pissed. :o
Title: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: roseblood11 on March 20, 2013, 06:01:14 PM
My girl is going to be pissed.

How did you guess the title of my autobiographie?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: electrosonic on March 20, 2013, 06:11:15 PM
Between 275 and 325 F, the toner transfers to the enclosure / pcb. 

At something like 375 F the press n peel backing melts, sticking to the iron.

A piece of paper between the iron and the press n peel is cheap insurance.

Andrew.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on March 20, 2013, 08:42:26 PM
I have another question.
What's the consensus on toner in the etched area, do you leave it on the final finished product? paint over it? remove it and then paint?

Discuss!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jdansti on March 20, 2013, 08:49:53 PM
A question about irons: how harmful to the iron is it to use in the transfer process?

Or, to phrase it in another way: will my housemate know that I've borrowed his iron to make etching transfers, or is it wiser to buy a used on off Craigslist?

If you do happen to get some schmutz on the iron, just make a thick paste out of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and water, and use a paper towel or cloth to scrub the iron with this paste.  Just keep it "pasty" and not too liquid.  When finished, just wipe clean with a damp cloth.  It will leave the iron with a beautiful shiny finish. BTW, this also works well on a lot of other surfaces.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mustachio on March 21, 2013, 03:12:10 AM
Nice tip John! You always have great info man! Gonna check the fridge for some baking soda and try this on a box soon!



Nice Etch on that Expandora! looks great.


Thanks for the info on temps Electro! Will come in handy and good stuff to know!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: guitarmageddon on March 21, 2013, 08:43:45 PM
Thanks!
Here's a ROG English Channel

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/IMG_0662_zps592316ca.jpg)

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/IMG_0652_zps5bac80b1.jpg)
Title: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on March 21, 2013, 10:42:57 PM
Mmmm, British boobs.

Nice etch.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jdansti on March 21, 2013, 11:37:29 PM
Nice tip John! You always have great info man! Gonna check the fridge for some baking soda and try this on a box soon!



Must have been all of those Home-Ec classes I took in place of gym...;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on March 22, 2013, 04:10:41 AM
@guitarmageddon:

ha ha excellent... ;D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: mg.audio on March 24, 2013, 12:52:02 AM
I love the look of etching, but before I try this I have one question: does etching weaken the structure of the enclosures enough to worry about crushing them with your foot when you step on the footswitch? (just in case one ever finds its way onto the floor in front of a lead-footed rock musician)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: poppyman on March 24, 2013, 01:20:17 AM
I don't know for the other "etchers" here, but I did a bunch of etches and some went really out of control (bubbles, fumes, splashes) and I got pretty deep etched boxes.
 If you're using the hammond type boxes, I don't think it would make them more flimsy even with a VERY deep etch. The box would probably get eaten up pretty badly if you would leave it in the etchant for WAY too long but before it happens, a lot of weird, stinky, smoky stuff will warn you and encourage you to stop the process before it's too late. Try on the bottom plate if you're not sure.
Title: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on March 24, 2013, 01:51:26 AM
Well, here's my final product. I really like the whole thing with etching. I plan on doing many more. I went and blew a couple hundred dollars on an hp laser printer, so my fingers are crossed that the next will go more smoothly.

Jon Patton's clipper ship.
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/03/24/evu7yseq.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: poppyman on March 24, 2013, 04:23:16 AM
over al!, it looks really good: pretty great for a 1st attempt!!!  :)

Maybe you could have "fix" the toner transfer flaws with nail polish or correcting fluid or any etch resistant masking matter and improve it a bit. It's pretty hard to get a 100% completely flawless transfert.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on March 24, 2013, 05:59:38 AM
+1:

if you get 'pitting' dab the paint in where you want it to go with a brush, rather than spraying and filling up the 'piited' bits...

hope ya new printer is ok..


@poppyman, the only time i had fizzing and steam was when i used a really hot water ferric mix...did a great etch, but was a little corncerning seeing it react a bit violently.. :icon_eek:

ferric likes a bit of heat though....

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: poppyman on March 24, 2013, 06:36:09 AM
@ deadastronaut:
it happened to me when I did my first "reversed" etch. I followed my usual etch routine, but there was much more aluminum exposed, especially because at some point, the etchant overflowed and went into the box instead of being only on the outside. The FeCl was straight from the bottle, so it got really hot really quick, it boiled and relase a really dreadful smoke.

I panicked and flushed the acid bucket with the water bucket to stop it.
Very scary and probably not good for my health
Somehow I think when a lot of aluminum is exposed the solution and the box get hot really fast so it gets into a "spiral".
Now, I dilute the solution when I do a reversed etch and wear gloves, a mask and goggles, even for something small. I don't want that to happen ever again.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on March 24, 2013, 06:50:51 AM
yeah i think your right on that, ferric seems to like a lot of exposed area to bite into ...

my reversed etches always seem to go well...
Title: Re: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on March 24, 2013, 09:16:05 AM
over al!, it looks really good: pretty great for a 1st attempt!!!  :)

Maybe you could have "fix" the toner transfer flaws with nail polish or correcting fluid or any etch resistant masking matter and improve it a bit. It's pretty hard to get a 100% completely flawless transfert.
Thanks.
I have seen some pretty near-flawless-looking etches around here, I don't know how these guys do it.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on March 27, 2013, 05:25:42 AM
Already posted this in the pics thread but anyway;

D*A*M Meathead clone with increased input and output cap values for extra girth! Not as fancy as my last effort but I like the rough industrial look of it, named after my favourite film! :)

(http://25.media.tumblr.com/06277f299dc171a77ca1d43e1575fadc/tumblr_mka9h4LThV1s7epwwo1_1280.jpg)

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-R4-bV13q3fE/Tnpgsate7-I/AAAAAAAAAck/wH-KZtXsVZs/s1600/dead-mans-shoes.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on March 27, 2013, 09:26:55 AM
more rubbish from me ;)... phase 45 with mods to improve the sweep and for better use with distortion....proper unity etc.. ;)..i love this now!!  :icon_cool:

red eye flashes with lfo speed 8)..green leds for on/off

(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P270313_12.58%5B01%5D.jpg)

(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P270313_13.01%5B01%5D.jpg)

(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P270313_13.00.jpg)

(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P270313_12.59.jpg)

Title: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on March 27, 2013, 09:47:49 AM
I love the simplicity of that. the knob is also lighted?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on March 27, 2013, 09:53:55 AM
cheers, no i wish it was one of those led pots, but too pricey for 1 with delivery...

and nowhere to be found in the uk... ::) ....unless anyone knows any different?

it catches the light from the greens though...a little.. :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on March 27, 2013, 09:57:04 AM
@ Deadastronaut

Nice man, very clean! I'm actually just about to start a Phase 45 build myself among other things, going to try a reverse etch for it, any tips?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on March 27, 2013, 10:02:22 AM
have a border....or tape up the sides really well..

tip on the phaser build, use 100k's instead of 150k's...put a 220k on output, and a 14.7k on IC1B Instead of 10K.

use a 1M pot for ultra slow sweep too.... ;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on March 27, 2013, 10:27:19 AM
have a border....or tape up the sides really well..

tip on the phaser build, use 100k's instead of 150k's...put a 220k on output, and a 14.7k on IC1B Instead of 10K.

use a 1M pot for ultra slow sweep too.... ;)

Thanks man, I'll have a go at those, nice one!
Title: Re: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on March 27, 2013, 10:36:51 AM
have a border....or tape up the sides really well..

tip on the phaser build, use 100k's instead of 150k's...put a 220k on output, and a 14.7k on IC1B Instead of 10K.

use a 1M pot for ultra slow sweep too.... ;)
Hmm, I have a build done, maybe I'll rip it open and try those mods....
I also used a tri-color led, wired one anode for power-on, and the other two (green and blue) to the rate. Used a higher value clr for the power led, so when the rate is flashing, it's very noticeable.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on March 27, 2013, 10:49:07 AM
cool idea, i have a few bi coloureds about..always forget  have them.. :icon_idea:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on April 04, 2013, 10:16:18 AM
Already posted in main pics thread but really happy with how the etch turned out on this one. Tried my first reverse etch last night, seems like it's come out pretty good I think, will post results at a later date!

(http://24.media.tumblr.com/0e925b9b0612ab5195b9589a63031c28/tumblr_mko7erNu3m1s7epwwo1_1280.jpg)
Title: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on April 04, 2013, 03:11:11 PM
That is so rad.
I abide.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: pickdropper on April 04, 2013, 09:49:39 PM
Hex, I bet that pedal really ties the room together.
Title: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on April 04, 2013, 10:51:37 PM
That's your name, Dude....
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on April 05, 2013, 06:37:55 AM
Sometimes, there's a man, well, he's the man for his time and place. He fits right in there.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: dromilious on April 05, 2013, 11:36:16 AM
Hello everybody ! One from me (http://sphotos-a.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/483760_363994807050678_1255872872_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mustachio on April 07, 2013, 07:46:29 PM
Nice Etch and multi color paint! Love the look of the layout, nice work Dromilious!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on April 08, 2013, 04:19:46 AM
+1: looks cool, is that flourescent paint red...looks like its glowing. :icon_cool:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jdansti on April 08, 2013, 11:33:02 AM
+1

And the way that the face is sketched with angular lines really make the etch stand out. Well done!!! :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: dromilious on April 09, 2013, 06:48:17 AM
Thanks !
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on April 09, 2013, 07:05:09 AM
My first reverse etch (2nd attempt!), this is for a Phase 45 which I have renamed Phase 42 ;) Paint is a bit uneven at the moment but I'm really pleased with the etch.

(http://24.media.tumblr.com/69a7a7fc0f321fe148770401c307213f/tumblr_mkzil14N9Q1s7epwwo1_500.jpg)
Title: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on April 09, 2013, 07:56:22 AM
That looks super clean. What's the bias control?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on April 09, 2013, 08:00:56 AM
looks cool.

whats your mix control like?...i tried it, but wasn't too happy with it, it was more of a vibey control than a mix imo..

and didn't go to well with distortion.

(the bias is to 'tune' the phase)
Title: Re: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on April 09, 2013, 09:31:35 AM
looks cool.

whats your mix control like?...i tried it, but wasn't too happy with it, it was more of a vibey control than a mix imo..

and didn't go to well with distortion.

(the bias is to 'tune' the phase)
FET bias? Or is it like the vibe mod  (capacitors)?
Sorry for the off topic questions...I'll make up for it with another etch report;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on April 09, 2013, 10:25:15 AM
whats your mix control like?...i tried it, but wasn't too happy with it, it was more of a vibey control than a mix imo..

I have to confess I don't know yet, only started on the enclosure so far and the PCB + mods are all part of a kit (Poodle's Pedal Parts P45). I've yet to progress to making my own boards but as this is my fifth build I'm started to look into it as I want to expand my options and gain more understanding of what's going on, rather than just solder by numbers! Having said that I think the kits are excellent quality for the price and I have been very pleased with the results of each one.

I've seen lots of vero layouts which I'd like to try but I much prefer the idea of etching my own PCBs as opposed to using stripboard, I have no idea how you convert one to the other though? Is there a good place I should start?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on April 09, 2013, 10:44:58 AM
@chianski. pretty much the same imo, and with my experiments.

@graham: stripboard is fine for smaller projects, but pcb is much better for larger projects,

converting a schematic to vero becomes very large, very quickly.  try pcb etching, you may as well as you use the same process as etching boxes. ;)


just finished etching , drilling my bass preamp..waiting for paint to dry ::)

should have it built later... ;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: TG Flatline on April 09, 2013, 11:40:39 AM
New one for me. Distortion with two gain controls (Jazzy and Noisy - customer choice!) on a second footswitch. Artwork is his bands EP cover.

(http://www.cogeffects.co.uk/resources/Disastro1.JPG.opt860x707o0%2C0s860x707.JPG)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on April 09, 2013, 11:49:53 AM
New one for me. Distortion with two gain controls (Jazzy and Noisy - customer choice!) on a second footswitch. Artwork is his bands EP cover.

Nice etch! Very clean work!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on April 09, 2013, 11:54:34 AM
@tom,  nice to do custom stuff for people eh!...i often do custom designs for people, its always interesting to see what they want on it..

looks cool. 8)



Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: moosapotamus on April 09, 2013, 03:34:26 PM
Quote
I panicked and flushed the acid bucket with the water bucket to stop it.

Saw the above quote in a previous post and, in case it hasn't been mentioned recently, as the saying goes...

"Do as you ought to, add acid to water." (It rhymes if you say it like you're a gangsta.)

If you do it the other way, add water to a strong acid solution, you can get an exothermal reaction that, at best, will heat up your solution a bit. At worst, it will heat up so much that the water boils and vaporizes as it hits the strong acid solution. If that happens, it can spray the surrounding area with acid (your bench, clothes, hands, face, etc...).

I don't think you really need acid that strong to etch enclosures, but thought it was worth mentioning... just in case. 8) <---(note, the smiley's safety glasses)

~ Charlie
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jdansti on April 09, 2013, 08:24:07 PM
+1. Good advice.  :)

(http://i1160.photobucket.com/albums/q485/jdansti/FA9BE8A1-989D-461C-859C-1F594E011F65-3856-000005B990E05C52.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on April 10, 2013, 09:32:14 AM
Hey guys,

For my reverse etch I have the rest of the box sprayed with black enamel, will this be durable enough or do I need to do something else to protect it? Some people seem to advocate clear laquer or baking or both, considering I don't have access to a small oven I can use for baking what's my next best bet for a durable finish?

Cheers
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: duck_arse on April 10, 2013, 10:47:23 AM
my dentist was wearing that get-up on monday, Jdansti. he wasn't wearing the earrings or the lippy, though.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on April 10, 2013, 12:22:30 PM
my latest..

Bass preamp..obviously. :)

(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P100413_16.56.jpg)

(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P100413_16.57.jpg)

(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P100413_17.00.jpg)

(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P100413_16.59.jpg)

Title: Re: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on April 10, 2013, 02:48:19 PM
my latest..

Bass preamp..obviously. :)

(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P100413_16.56.jpg)

(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P100413_16.57.jpg)

(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P100413_17.00.jpg)

(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/7464107/P100413_16.59.jpg)
that last picture really makes the bass guitar jump out at you.

Nice.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: moosapotamus on April 10, 2013, 02:57:55 PM
my latest..

Bass preamp..obviously. :)

That looks great! Nice job!

~ Charlie
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: endorphin on April 14, 2013, 12:15:55 AM
Just made this oscillator around 5am this morning and then went to sleep.

(http://i1169.photobucket.com/albums/r518/shorty65mustang/IMG_0780.jpg) (http://s1169.photobucket.com/user/shorty65mustang/media/IMG_0780.jpg.html)(http://i1169.photobucket.com/albums/r518/shorty65mustang/IMG_0778.jpg) (http://s1169.photobucket.com/user/shorty65mustang/media/IMG_0778.jpg.html)(http://i1169.photobucket.com/albums/r518/shorty65mustang/IMG_0786.jpg) (http://s1169.photobucket.com/user/shorty65mustang/media/IMG_0786.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on April 14, 2013, 12:43:54 AM
Nice.
Interesting enclosure, too.

What the hell does it oscillate , tho?
Title: Re: Sv: Etched enclosures
Post by: Perrow on April 14, 2013, 01:28:11 PM
His sleep cycle, I guess.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: endorphin on April 14, 2013, 02:27:47 PM
I never stay up that late but I was just "on a mission".

There are four oscillators, each one has a higher pitch than the last. Switches turn them on or off. Relatively simple circuit. It uses a cd40106 chip or schmitt-trigger. That is the only way I know/learned how to use them though. I like to make droning/pulsing chords and bleeps with it.  :P

It sounds great with envelope filter, like a very basic synthesizer!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on April 28, 2013, 03:51:19 AM
Latest etch, first time I've tried something with really fine detail, really pleased with the result!

(http://24.media.tumblr.com/74bc305c442bed5295d2f3c1ad88141c/tumblr_mlyg6fD35g1s7epwwo1_500.jpg)
Title: Re: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on April 28, 2013, 11:43:00 AM
Latest etch, first time I've tried something with really fine detail, really pleased with the result!

(http://24.media.tumblr.com/74bc305c442bed5295d2f3c1ad88141c/tumblr_mlyg6fD35g1s7epwwo1_500.jpg)
that came out stellar!

Which method/etchant did you use on that one?
Title: Re: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on April 28, 2013, 05:18:17 PM
that came out stellar!

Which method/etchant did you use on that one?

Thanks man, I think it's my best one yet. Just usual laser toner transfer, 40% NaOH solution applied with a pipette, I've recently started using a brush to help agitate the solution, seems to help. Had the solution on for approx 10 mins, wiped off with kitchen paper, then reapplied, did this three times in total.
Title: Re: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Govmnt_Lacky on April 28, 2013, 05:28:48 PM
Just usual laser toner transfer...

Was this by magazine paper, PnP blue, or other?

Also, what was your detailed method for getting the transfer onto the enclosure so well?

Great job!  ;)
Title: Re: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on April 28, 2013, 05:45:22 PM
Just usual laser toner transfer...

Was this by magazine paper, PnP blue, or other?

Also, what was your detailed method for getting the transfer onto the enclosure so well?

Great job!  ;)

Thanks man, I use this paper;

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B004S9KN06

Only £1 a pack for 60 sheets from the £1 shop I got it from, bargain!

I prep with 400 then 800 grit sandpaper till smooth, clean with acetone, then iron on max heat, usually takes about 10 mins of heat to complete the transfer.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on April 28, 2013, 06:29:24 PM
looking good graham.. 8)

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: moosapotamus on April 28, 2013, 09:04:27 PM
(http://24.media.tumblr.com/74bc305c442bed5295d2f3c1ad88141c/tumblr_mlyg6fD35g1s7epwwo1_500.jpg)

Love it! 8)

~ Charlie
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on April 29, 2013, 04:24:03 AM
looking good graham.. 8)


Love it! 8)

~ Charlie

Thanks guys! :)
Title: Re: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: TG Flatline on April 29, 2013, 05:52:35 AM
Just usual laser toner transfer...

Was this by magazine paper, PnP blue, or other?

Also, what was your detailed method for getting the transfer onto the enclosure so well?

Great job!  ;)

Thanks man, I use this paper;

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B004S9KN06

Only £1 a pack for 60 sheets from the £1 shop I got it from, bargain!

I prep with 400 then 800 grit sandpaper till smooth, clean with acetone, then iron on max heat, usually takes about 10 mins of heat to complete the transfer.

I need to have another go with photo paper, so will give that a go, cheers for the link! I've been using PnP from Rapid for ages now, but the price has just jumped up massively :(

Latest one from me:

(http://www.cogeffects.co.uk/resources/CJH00_After%28small%29.JPG.opt540x617o0%2C0s540x617.JPG)

Been using translucent paints more and more recently. They really need a good clearcoat over them but depending on the colour they can look great over a black etch!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on April 29, 2013, 06:05:13 AM
^ nice.

i was looking at 'glass paint' the other day...that would look nice in an etch too..

transparent etc,  and some beautiful choice of colours too.. 8)
Title: Re: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on April 29, 2013, 06:14:45 AM
I need to have another go with photo paper, so will give that a go, cheers for the link! I've been using PnP from Rapid for ages now, but the price has just jumped up massively :(

It's worked really well for me, pure fluke to be honest, it was the first one I tried after a failed attempt with magazine paper!

Been using translucent paints more and more recently. They really need a good clearcoat over them but depending on the colour they can look great over a black etch!

I had a go with a translucent paint (this one - https://www.graff-city.com/product_info.php?products_id=1580 (https://www.graff-city.com/product_info.php?products_id=1580)) but it wasn't quite a translucent as I'd hoped, the black etch ended up being heavily tinted so wasn't really the result I was hoping for, any tips on paint choice etc?
Title: Re: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: TG Flatline on April 29, 2013, 08:47:42 AM
I had a go with a translucent paint (this one - https://www.graff-city.com/product_info.php?products_id=1580 (https://www.graff-city.com/product_info.php?products_id=1580)) but it wasn't quite a translucent as I'd hoped, the black etch ended up being heavily tinted so wasn't really the result I was hoping for, any tips on paint choice etc?

I've been using Tamiya model paint, but with a really thin layer of clearcoat underneath. The red works quite well but can get too dark if you're not careful, the blue is quite nice as well but the main battle is exactly as you've described - not getting it too dark and covering the etch! With a couple I ended up filling the etch with black by hand after the translucent had been applied, which sort of defies the point of doing it in the first place! You can rough sand the box in some interesting ways to get some pretty cool textures though, there's some info on the AMZ site about it that's worth trying! I'm putting a circuit in a Boss enclosure at the minute (it's normally the other way round!) and have done the baseplate by rough sanding with a file in various directions before the translucent paint. Looks great from different angles so I'm going to try it on a normal box at some point!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pettol on May 01, 2013, 04:01:00 PM


Been using translucent paints more and more recently. They really need a good clearcoat over them but depending on the colour they can look great over a black etch!

I had a go with a translucent paint (this one - https://www.graff-city.com/product_info.php?products_id=1580 (https://www.graff-city.com/product_info.php?products_id=1580)) but it wasn't quite a translucent as I'd hoped, the black etch ended up being heavily tinted so wasn't really the result I was hoping for, any tips on paint choice etc?

I've also tried the Molotow paint - not transparent enough. Rear light lens paint works well though:

(https://imageshack.us/a/img27/848/mmdelay.jpg)

Made with this one: http://www.biltema.se/sv/Bilvard/Farg-och-Lack/Bakljusfarg-36869/
It's a Swedish site, but you should be able to find something similar.

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pettol on May 01, 2013, 04:22:20 PM
My latest - A Box Of Metal. I used PnP, UV-curing ink for touch ups and etched with NaOH.

(https://imageshack.us/scaled/large/849/mossbauer.jpg)
(https://imageshack.us/scaled/large/16/mossbauergut.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: bluebunny on May 01, 2013, 04:46:58 PM
@Pettol: both of these look really great!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: TG Flatline on May 01, 2013, 04:52:45 PM
@Pettol: both of these look really great!

Totally. Really like both of those dude!!!
Title: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on May 01, 2013, 06:29:00 PM
Super clean etching. And the font, and images, perfection.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: pickdropper on May 01, 2013, 06:31:12 PM
Pettol, those both look fantastic.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Perrow on May 02, 2013, 03:58:47 AM
Thanks Pettol, saw the first row about transparent paint and thought "well tough luck finding one of them in Sweden" then scrolled to see the link to Biltema ;D

Looking really nice there (both builds).
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on May 02, 2013, 04:09:11 AM
My latest - A Box Of Metal. I used PnP, UV-curing ink for touch ups and etched with NaOH.

(https://imageshack.us/scaled/large/849/mossbauer.jpg)

Brilliant work, I love it!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on May 02, 2013, 04:39:55 AM
@pettol...

superb work man....flawless  8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: guitarmageddon on May 02, 2013, 04:58:04 AM
Yes indeed!
Really nice. Text is such an unforgiving thing to etch.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on May 02, 2013, 04:59:48 AM
^ yeah, especially tiny text...very cool.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: dromilious on May 02, 2013, 05:45:33 AM
Very nice etch !
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pettol on May 02, 2013, 06:11:50 AM
Thanks so much for the kind words! Means a lot to me hearing that from you.

@Perrow. Finally started following my father's advice: always check Biltema first.

The main problem with the Molotow paint (blue) was not the tint of the etched, black parts, but rather that I didn't get that subtle metallic look. Just looked a bit more shiny.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Govmnt_Lacky on May 14, 2013, 12:37:11 PM
^ yeah, especially tiny text...very cool.

Speaking of tiny text...

Just finished my very first and somewhat OK looking faceplate etch.  ;D

The only downfall with it was some of the smaller text. I used the equivalent or 9pt in MS Word and most of the text just ended up running together and now it looks like a hole instead of wording. The larger graphics turned out good.

So, my question is.... What is the consensus on minimum text size for a good etch?

Looking at Pettol's fantastic etch, it looks like it might just be a matter of spacing the letter a bit more.  ???
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pettol on May 15, 2013, 08:15:31 AM
In my opinion there's no minimum text size. But you're right, I always increase the spacing between the letters. And you don't have to do any deep etch of those parts. I sand to whatever grit I want before etching (usually 1200 or 1500), so that won't be a problem either.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on May 17, 2013, 08:23:36 AM
Lightwah .....erm.....again. ::)  ;)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7464107/lightwahscott.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jdansti on May 17, 2013, 02:36:21 PM
Very nice!!! :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: pickdropper on May 17, 2013, 03:40:32 PM
DA, your etches never fail to impress me.  Really clean work.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: TG Flatline on May 18, 2013, 03:29:05 AM
DA, your etches never fail to impress me.  Really clean work.

+1   On this pedal especially, probably my favourite of yours!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on May 18, 2013, 07:57:40 AM
cheers guys... 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: jwar on May 18, 2013, 11:09:48 AM
Hey guys! I had a few quick questions as I'm constantly researching and trying to perfect my etching skills.

Right now I'm trying to reduce labor and come up with more efficient ways of etching. Some would call it lazy, I would call it innovative. :) Anyways, I've been toying with the idea of a 3d printer to do transfers onto my enclosures in the place of using the standard ironing technique. I was wondering if anyone out there has any experience with this or if it would even work. I'm in the works of (hopefully) getting with someone locally to try it out, but wanted to see if anyone in the DIY community had already attempted it. Sure the printers are expensive, but not really when you take into the cost of lazer printers (which is what I use now).


Also I'm been looking into a solution to using sand paper to remove the film of transfers after my etches. My idea was to build a table with a belt sander in it where I could simply run an enclosure very quickly down a line to take the finish off. Not sure if what I'm saying makes sense or not, but it makes sense in my head. I've also toyed with the idea of finding a chemical to remove the transferred ink.

So the reason I'm looking for "quicker" solutions is that I am running a side business where I etch enclosures for pedal builders. I want it to be more efficient and at the same time look better. I find that sanding enclosures by hand does not always yield the correct results. I do larger runs too and want to find better ways to stream line things.

I've found that using a product called Acid Magic reduces my etch times from 5-6 minutes to under 1 minute per etch. This has saved me literally hours upon hours of waiting, and the enclosures turn out awesome!

So sorry for the long paragraph here. Just looking for experience here. Thanks!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pettol on May 18, 2013, 02:37:16 PM
I've also toyed with the idea of finding a chemical to remove the transferred ink.
Are you talking about removing normal etch masks (toner, pnp, photo spray)? Acetone or ethyl acetate works fine. Or would that be for the 3d printer transfer? I'm sure DMF, DMSO or something similar would work.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: davent on May 18, 2013, 04:04:46 PM
^If you want to use a belt sander just flip it over and clamp it in your vice, belt sander has it's own platen/table.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: frusciante89 on May 25, 2013, 01:39:55 PM
Hi guys, this is my first pedal:

(http://s21.postimg.org/sd4yfoymv/pedal.jpg)
I love it!  ::)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: GoranP on May 25, 2013, 01:58:28 PM
howd'ya clean the black stuff out of the letters?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: frusciante89 on May 25, 2013, 02:05:17 PM
I'm gonna post a tutorial soon :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jdansti on May 25, 2013, 03:11:34 PM
Hi guys, this is my first pedal:

(http://s21.postimg.org/sd4yfoymv/pedal.jpg)
I love it!  ::)

Wow!  If that's your first...  Very nice!  :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: frusciante89 on May 25, 2013, 03:21:48 PM
Yeah it's my first one! But I read all this thread before starting :) btw this is the tutorial... http://jalbum.net/en/create/photo-album/1358790
Hope it helps!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: frusciante89 on May 25, 2013, 07:37:25 PM
Sorry, this is the right link... http://jalbum.net/en/m/browse/album/1358790
Title: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on May 25, 2013, 09:58:08 PM
That looks super. Those etched lines look very deep.

How'd you get it so polished?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pettol on May 26, 2013, 02:52:01 AM
Nice!
I suppose the polishing wheel and polishing compound were a key to success.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: GoranP on May 26, 2013, 03:30:53 AM

Yeah, I believe the black crap got removed during the polishing?

Also, I'd like to know whether it has started oxidizing again? I considered polishing but it seemed like a waste of time since mine always start dulling very soon afterwards. I suppose the clearcoat would dull the "finish"?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: frusciante89 on May 26, 2013, 06:52:53 AM
Yeah the polishing wheel was definitely the key! anyways it's still very bright (after 1 week)... we'll see what happens in the next few weeks.. by the way do you see only the pics or also the descriptions on the link I posted?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jdansti on May 26, 2013, 07:43:31 AM

Yeah, I believe the black crap got removed during the polishing?

Also, I'd like to know whether it has started oxidizing again? I considered polishing but it seemed like a waste of time since mine always start dulling very soon afterwards. I suppose the clearcoat would dull the "finish"?


Yes it will oxidize again without clear coat. Clear coat, properly applied, should not dull the finish. If anything, it will enhance it.  Just make sure that before you apply the clear coat, you wipe it down well with alcohol or acetone to remove any residues. Don't touch it with your fingers after you clean it.  
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: bluebunny on May 26, 2013, 03:41:46 PM
Hi guys, this is my first pedal:

(http://s21.postimg.org/sd4yfoymv/pedal.jpg)
I love it!  ::)

Wow!  If that's your first...  Very nice!  :)

I'm as gobsmacked as John!  Nice etch.  Nice pedal.   :D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: GoranP on May 27, 2013, 03:05:33 AM
by the way do you see only the pics or also the descriptions on the link I posted?

I see the descriptions, just underneath the pictures. It does require scrolling down, though.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: garcho on May 28, 2013, 12:40:38 PM
posted this in pictures thread too, but what the hell, it's all ones and zeroes, right?

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5441/8837728602_ec064dc9b0_c.jpg)

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on May 28, 2013, 12:45:28 PM
@frusciante:  cool first etch.. came out brilliant...lots of buffing on that i bet... ;)

@gary...very cool.  8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: garcho on June 06, 2013, 03:59:29 PM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7281/8972240662_8bf664a712_z.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on June 09, 2013, 04:59:02 PM
Meathead Deluxe clone

(http://25.media.tumblr.com/8a6ff745564e2e6fdf66f6b08ff811c0/tumblr_mo58h4N1cE1s7epwwo1_400.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: garcho on June 10, 2013, 12:44:47 AM
Beautiful!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on June 10, 2013, 04:11:54 AM
Beautiful!

Thanks man, love your Harmonic Percolator, really unique and eye catching style!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: guitarmageddon on June 10, 2013, 07:31:04 AM
^nice!

Been a while, so here's a few.

Wampler Ecstasy

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/MDMAOverdrive_zpsb624b8c8.jpg)

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/Guts_zpscbb8da66.jpg)


Supreau Deaux

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/Supro_zpsae7a2f27.jpg)

D*A*M Grease bucket

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/MiniGB86_zps699639e4.jpg)

One in , four out buffered splitter.
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/IMG_0895_zpse6f3bb11.jpg)

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/Guts_zps3eb0fb55.jpg)

Expandratron

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/Expandratron2_zps89c6acbd.jpg)

Shoot the Moon trem.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/trems_zps7a5edc23.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on June 10, 2013, 07:47:35 AM
^ cool 'antique' effect on those....nice. 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: guitarmageddon on June 10, 2013, 07:52:42 AM
Like I said, "it's been a while" Rob. ;)
Title: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on June 10, 2013, 12:25:52 PM
Does the lighted potentiometer also pulse on that stm?
Title: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: guitarmageddon on June 11, 2013, 01:56:22 AM
Does the lighted potentiometer also pulse on that stm?
Yes, it shows speed and shape (square or sine) 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: TG Flatline on June 11, 2013, 02:09:31 AM
That Meathead clone is brilliant! Latest one from me, it's a bass distortion with clean blend, customer wanted an eagle on there so went for something a bit more abstract!

(http://www.cogeffects.co.uk/resources/Eagle2.JPG.opt347x347o0%2C0s347x347.JPG)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on June 11, 2013, 05:02:16 PM

Wampler Ecstasy

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/MDMAOverdrive_zpsb624b8c8.jpg)

Love this one!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on June 11, 2013, 05:06:08 PM
Finished my Multiplex Echo at last!

(http://25.media.tumblr.com/7c2bf5fcc7f3f331d2c6eafa4004f950/tumblr_mo8yic4D9r1s7epwwo1_400.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: snarblinge on June 11, 2013, 10:04:17 PM
Stunning!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: garcho on June 12, 2013, 12:34:48 AM
Gorgeous!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on June 12, 2013, 04:36:07 AM
Cheers guys!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: TG Flatline on June 12, 2013, 04:46:09 AM
Mint!!! Proper old skool :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pettol on June 12, 2013, 04:46:52 AM
I'm stunned, Hex.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on June 12, 2013, 04:56:32 AM
Mint!!! Proper old skool :)
I'm stunned, Hex.

Thanks a lot guys!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on June 12, 2013, 06:05:30 AM
+1 that is very nice...i love that retro style on the bigger boxes, it really suits em...

pukka etch/design... :icon_cool:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on June 12, 2013, 05:12:38 PM
One for the Albini fans!

(http://24.media.tumblr.com/093f9d5aa9f628602b3484ce09fb22e5/tumblr_moatfzM7Om1s7epwwo1_500.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: garcho on June 12, 2013, 05:44:26 PM
Boxes about f******   ;D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on June 13, 2013, 05:54:48 AM
Boxes about f******   ;D

 Great album! :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: guitarmageddon on June 16, 2013, 09:26:54 PM
Love that Multiplex Hex!

Pharaoh Phuzz

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/Pharaoh3sm_zps77a7d43d.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on June 17, 2013, 03:29:45 AM
^ nice, 8)  don't you sand your boxes before etching.?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: guitarmageddon on June 17, 2013, 03:36:46 AM
don't you sand your boxes before etching.?
Less and less. :icon_lol:
If I want them really shiny I'll sand a lot.
But sometimes I like them a little rustic, so they just get a light going over.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on June 17, 2013, 03:43:59 AM
you lazy sod... ;D

thought so, they have a certain rusticy charm about them..

that's what i like about this thread, you can tell who's pedal it is without even seeing the name... 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: haveyouseenhim on June 18, 2013, 04:09:50 AM
Boxes about f******   ;D

Ha....I knew that looked familiar! That whole album has such a crazy awesome sound.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on June 18, 2013, 04:27:10 AM
Clay Jones Overdrive. Not really sure what the guy in the middle is about, think it's the chap I built it for's band logo, happy with the etch though! :)

(http://24.media.tumblr.com/4428b7915cd4769dd66544e48dbd8d79/tumblr_moky2kr38x1s7epwwo1_500.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: dromilious on June 18, 2013, 05:17:25 AM
Clay Jones Overdrive. Not really sure what the guy in the middle is about, think it's the chap I built it for's band logo, happy with the etch though! :)

(http://24.media.tumblr.com/4428b7915cd4769dd66544e48dbd8d79/tumblr_moky2kr38x1s7epwwo1_500.jpg)


Sooooo nice !!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on June 18, 2013, 06:45:19 AM
+1`  8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on June 18, 2013, 06:51:44 AM
Cheers guys! :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on June 28, 2013, 03:22:41 AM
Latest etch for a Violet Rams Head

(http://25.media.tumblr.com/fbcf4bead2b48df45ddd60f0bf419b78/tumblr_mp3dlzv2jG1s7epwwo1_1280.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on June 28, 2013, 03:27:14 AM
nice, very hippy chic... 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on June 28, 2013, 03:34:05 AM
nice, very hippy chic... 8)

Haha yeah it is a bit 'trippy doood' but wanted something a bit retro as its a Muff! :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: TG Flatline on June 28, 2013, 04:41:52 AM
Ha! Sweet etch dude! Very nice!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pettol on June 28, 2013, 04:51:48 PM
You really master it now Graham. Proud that I had anything to do with it.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: endorphin on June 29, 2013, 08:18:32 PM
Here's a double pedal I recently finished, it's a Tim Escobedo Harmonic Jerkulator and Vox Repeat Percussion. I like it!

(http://i1169.photobucket.com/albums/r518/shorty65mustang/hj2.jpg) (http://s1169.photobucket.com/user/shorty65mustang/media/hj2.jpg.html)
(http://i1169.photobucket.com/albums/r518/shorty65mustang/hj3.jpg) (http://s1169.photobucket.com/user/shorty65mustang/media/hj3.jpg.html)
(http://i1169.photobucket.com/albums/r518/shorty65mustang/IMG_8744.jpg) (http://s1169.photobucket.com/user/shorty65mustang/media/IMG_8744.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: TG Flatline on June 30, 2013, 01:07:40 AM
^ Great build! ^ Same knobs as this one too...

(http://www.cogeffects.co.uk/resources/TittieFuzz1_medium.JPG.opt575x520o0%2C0s575x520.JPG)
(http://www.cogeffects.co.uk/resources/TittieFuzz2_medium.JPG.opt658x435o0%2C0s658x435.JPG)

Two fuzzes in one box (Ram's Head and Green Russian) both with added Mids knobs, right footswitch engages/bypasses, left footswitch selects which fuzz. Relay switching. Artwork is from Shave Them Titties by Mr Boonstra at the request of the customer! The nipples light up bright pink to indicate when the pedal is engaged, with channel LEDs always active. You can't really have too much Muff on your board :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: jwar on June 30, 2013, 08:38:16 PM
I just wanted to stop by again and say thanks to everyone for all the great etching info! The acetone thing work brilliantly. My etching skills have improved a thousand fold thanks to this place.

I'll leave you with this Ugly Face I recently etched. It's Beetlejuice who was made famous on Howard Stern.

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g20/ahartley/E50F4483-0495-49BE-AA1A-7520A7F58812-3355-00000248250A7750_zpsed8bf5a8.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on July 01, 2013, 10:55:34 AM
(http://www.cogeffects.co.uk/resources/TittieFuzz1_medium.JPG.opt575x520o0%2C0s575x520.JPG)
You can't really have too much Muff on your board :)

Haha, that's definitely an odd choice of artwork, just checked out the Shave Them Titties website, random! Cool pedal though, I'm just building my Muff at the moment with mid pot and various other component tweaking, seems to be so many options!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on July 01, 2013, 11:48:17 AM
^ cool,  tom likes to keep a breast of things.,......ok i'll get my coat and a cab.. ::) :icon_redface:


@graham: i have a big muff on breadboard at the mo...i took an out directly from the last gain stage....sounded very creamy.,.. :icon_cool:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: TG Flatline on July 02, 2013, 04:24:37 AM
^ cool,  tom likes to keep a breast of things.,......ok i'll get my coat and a cab.. ::) :icon_redface:


@graham: i have a big muff on breadboard at the mo...i took an out directly from the last gain stage....sounded very creamy.,.. :icon_cool:

Ha! Rob I made the same joke so I shall share your taxi fare! The Big Muff is a great circuit for tweaking. Mess with the tone stack values (and add a Mids knob/switch) and the clipping frequency caps and you can get a huge variety of tones from it. Ok, it's all a variety of fuzz, but definite variety and lots of fun.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: asatbluesboy on July 02, 2013, 09:31:11 AM
Not to mention you can add pretty much any booster in front of it (and label it "pre", like some booteekers do) and it will open up the sound a lot. Even amp-like, believe it or not.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on July 02, 2013, 09:36:27 AM
i'm working on a 'SPACE MUFF FUZZ' ... ;)

to be revealed in a bit.....very unorthadox. but f...g cool ass mods/sounds... 8)

and easily tacked onto your standard muff too ;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on July 02, 2013, 10:16:02 AM
i'm working on a 'SPACE MUFF FUZZ' ... ;)

to be revealed in a bit.....very unorthadox. but f...g cool ass mods/sounds... 8)

and easily tacked onto your standard muff too ;)

Be interested to hear that when it's ready Rob, mine is a kind of weird mix of Violet Ram's Head, Earthbound Supercollider, BlackArts Pharoah and EQD Hoof at the mo, I can't seem to stop tinkering around with it, was supposed to just be a Violet Ram's Head! ;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on July 02, 2013, 10:30:07 AM
yeah thats the cool thing with breadboard surfing....too many choices...some good some not so..

ive manged to get some cool octave sounds out of it too...  8)

my wav-mp3 converter has decided not to work...the f..... f....er.. ::).as soon as i get another free one i'll post up results/clips...thread.

its the kinda sound ive been after for a while...squeezey, swelly , steve hillage type stuff.....i even got the 'trumpet' sort of thing going too.. 8)

very synthy...hence 'SPACE FUZZ'.. ;)

Title: Re: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on July 02, 2013, 01:19:37 PM
yeah thats the cool thing with breadboard surfing....too many choices...some good some not so..

ive manged to get some cool octave sounds out of it too...  8)

my wav-mp3 converter has decided not to work...the f..... f....er.. ::).as soon as i get another free one i'll post up results/clips...thread.

its the kinda sound ive been after for a while...squeezey, swelly , steve hillage type stuff.....i even got the 'trumpet' sort of thing going too.. 8)

very synthy...hence 'SPACE FUZZ'.. ;)
Looking forward to checking that out.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on July 02, 2013, 01:21:30 PM
http://www.diystompboxes.com/smfforum/index.php?topic=103338.msg920109;topicseen#msg920109

here ya go.. ;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on July 04, 2013, 04:31:13 AM
Really chuffed with how this Muff turned out

(http://25.media.tumblr.com/99d62d5fad6d5e85e8df30aa1dbaf4b7/tumblr_mpek4ntjTx1s7epwwo1_1280.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on July 04, 2013, 04:40:31 AM
^ sweet,  i have a few of those jewels in different colours too, been meaning to find a use for them ...

nice build man. 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on July 04, 2013, 04:44:03 AM
^ sweet,  i have a few of those jewels in different colours too, been meaning to find a use for them ...

nice build man. 8)

Cheers Rob, yeah I really like the look of the jewel things, was easier to do than I thought it would be as well.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Flaconsius on July 04, 2013, 10:32:45 PM
Well, I don´t post too much, but I´ll show the latest pedal I´ve made.
A BB Preamp Clone (Madbean´s Glitterratti PCB) with some Switches to have more Clipping Options.
(http://img443.imageshack.us/img443/1235/udlr.jpg)
(http://sphotos-c.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/946235_10200849698957745_21883447_n.jpg)

Cheers.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: electricgrave on July 05, 2013, 08:57:02 PM
My first etch

(http://i943.photobucket.com/albums/ad272/derin_robin/DSCF1198.jpg) (http://s943.photobucket.com/user/derin_robin/media/DSCF1198.jpg.html)
(http://i943.photobucket.com/albums/ad272/derin_robin/DSCF1201.jpg) (http://s943.photobucket.com/user/derin_robin/media/DSCF1201.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on July 06, 2013, 06:37:45 AM
black bastard..LOL...

looks great. 8)

nice fuzz, i like the rust texture... 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: darron on July 06, 2013, 10:26:40 AM
rust is VERY cool!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: bluebunny on July 08, 2013, 03:18:52 AM
My first etch

(http://i943.photobucket.com/albums/ad272/derin_robin/DSCF1198.jpg)

Super Fuzz = Super Etch.  Looks great.  Well done!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on July 08, 2013, 04:48:01 AM
(http://i943.photobucket.com/albums/ad272/derin_robin/DSCF1198.jpg) (http://s943.photobucket.com/user/derin_robin/media/DSCF1198.jpg.html)

Great work man, looks cool! Love the massive font and colour of the etch!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: guitarmageddon on July 08, 2013, 07:29:09 AM
+1
Loves me some hard core typography. 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: electricgrave on July 08, 2013, 12:54:57 PM
Thanks guys!  :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: glops on July 09, 2013, 04:16:23 PM
Here's a bee baa box
(http://www.aronnelson.com/gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=49388&g2_serialNumber=1)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Flaconsius on July 11, 2013, 01:16:27 PM
AAAAWESOME!!!
Love that Esthetic.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: TG Flatline on July 12, 2013, 04:56:06 AM
So many good etches on page 38. Properly awesome!!!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: garcho on July 12, 2013, 10:47:12 AM
My take on three Escobedo snippets. 'Flatus' is based on the Bronx Cheer, 'LMC567' is based on the Thing Modulator, and 'Helium' is based on the Octup Blender. Still needs tweaking, so clips and schemos are not quite appropriate yet. Thanks Tim!

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/07/12/emyza6yb.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: glops on July 12, 2013, 05:56:10 PM
My take on three Escobedo snippets. 'Flatus' is based on the Bronx Cheer, 'LMC567' is based on the Thing Modulator, and 'Helium' is based on the Octup Blender. Still needs tweaking, so clips and schemos are not quite appropriate yet. Thanks Tim!

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/07/12/emyza6yb.jpg)

SO GOOOOD!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on July 13, 2013, 05:10:10 PM
glops never fails to amaze...love it 8) 8)


@gary, nice, great layout,  i like to see multifx like that, especially with the led switching too...great to use those classic little circuits in one box, ideal...  8) 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: garcho on July 13, 2013, 07:54:49 PM
Thanks dudes!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: guitarmageddon on July 14, 2013, 09:56:02 PM
Gamera! Monster Fuzz of Doom.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/Gamera_zps0670e1e5.jpg)

Bear Hug Compressor

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/BearHugMini_zpsfd6cd980.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: electrosonic on July 17, 2013, 05:26:41 PM
Latest etch...
(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/30050282/swallowtail4.jpg)
(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/30050282/swallowtail1.jpg)

Didn't sand the enclosure enough and ended up with grooves with the press n peel. Etched it anyway, thought it looked interesting.

Andrew.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on July 18, 2013, 04:11:54 AM
Madbean Double Flush

(http://24.media.tumblr.com/b3cc38c43f213013460461fcd28a51a9/tumblr_mq3mcq1RQf1s7epwwo1_500.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mustachio on July 21, 2013, 06:23:23 AM
Thats awesome Graham I love the design and its such a clean etch ! Beauty !
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: pickdropper on July 21, 2013, 10:58:00 AM
Thats awesome Graham I love the design and its such a clean etch ! Beauty !

+1

Fantastic design.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: guitarmageddon on July 21, 2013, 11:31:38 PM
Built a Jazz Rat for a guy in Japan.
He asked if I could etch a Dalek on the front, I said- Sure thing!

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/deet_zpsa1d13cec.jpg)

The dalek 'ear' flickers when you play. If you're a Dalek fan you'll probably think that's pretty cool.  ;)

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/RatExterminator_zps41bfbe8d.jpg)

Title: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on July 22, 2013, 12:02:23 AM
Madbean Fatpants (EP Booster with tone control mods and adjustable voltage)

This time, I was going for a rustic look, so my shoddy etch job fits.
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/07/22/2a7edavy.jpg)

Hopefully, Jimmy Page won't sue me for trademark infringement.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on July 22, 2013, 04:41:16 AM
Thats awesome Graham I love the design and its such a clean etch ! Beauty !

+1

Fantastic design.

Thanks a lot guys, I'm a big Radiohead/Thom Yorke fan so had to get something related on my board! :)
Title: Re:
Post by: ch1naski on July 22, 2013, 08:49:09 AM
I will never understand how you guys get such clean etches.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Trippy Demon on July 22, 2013, 10:53:52 AM
Before I made my first stompbox I have been lurking around in this topic for etching inspiration, and here's my first post, build and etch.

I have been using etching ground as used by artists to etch into copper and zinc plates for making etch prints on paper. Through this method you can sort of paint your design and scratch away excess paint. And so it becomes more of a handdrawn design.
The basis is from a General Guitar Gadgets kit for a Green Russian Muff, to which I added two switches, one for turning it into a Civil War Muff and the other for bypassing the first clipping stage to make it a Tone Bender or a second clipping with Zener diodes.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc3/q71/s720x720/970970_600756033297640_1199578444_n.jpg)(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/q75/s720x720/971174_600756063297637_1245005593_n.jpg)(https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/q71/s720x720/1070078_600756093297634_1150019584_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/1070089_600756206630956_480620270_n.jpg)(https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/q71/s720x720/15958_600756293297614_1467059922_n.jpg)

Cheers, Tjø
Title: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on July 22, 2013, 10:57:00 AM
That came out beautifully.
Nice job, and love the artwork !
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: pickdropper on July 22, 2013, 10:38:07 PM
Man, that is dingy in all the right ways.  Looks great.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on July 23, 2013, 04:53:16 AM
love the dalek 8)

@trippy:  yay sputnik... 8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Trippy Demon on July 23, 2013, 05:30:21 AM
Thanx guys, I really love the definite character of etching.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on July 24, 2013, 06:31:13 AM
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/q71/s720x720/15958_600756293297614_1467059922_n.jpg)

Awesome work man!
Title: Re:
Post by: Hexjibber on July 24, 2013, 06:32:15 AM
I will never understand how you guys get such clean etches.

I did a little photo guide if you're interested man..

http://diy-guitar-effects.tumblr.com/etching
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: guitarmageddon on July 24, 2013, 08:23:41 AM
^+1 That's super cool.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: pickdropper on July 24, 2013, 08:34:26 AM
^+1 That's super cool.

+2.  Almost makes me want to give chemical etching a go.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on July 24, 2013, 08:35:11 AM
+1: 8)

parcel tape is a f....g nightmare imo though..

i use nail varnish on the edges, then tape sides with electrical tape...then i cover the electrical tape with parcel tape.(nothing is getting through there) .otherwise the parcel tape goop is a f....r to get off the ally....

just my experience...


i'll have to try that caustic lark one day...when i finally run out of ferric. :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mustachio on July 24, 2013, 08:47:07 AM
Nice Picture tut!

I agree NaHo seems to give a cleaner etch. I did about the same thing rob when I used the NaHo caustic goobly gob. I actually used a pre mixed positive photo developer from MG Chemicals which is NaHo. Nail polish and tape cause the NaHo washes away inks and paints pretty fast.

Lately I have been just using steel wool to clean off the toner after an etch some how it seems faster. Then ill wipe it down with some acetone.

Your etches look great, really clean ! Love em!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on July 25, 2013, 11:11:08 AM
Thanks guys, hopefully it will be useful to anyone that's interested in etching :)

@Rob I know what you mean about parcel tape, I've found that just rubbing it with acetone removes all the annoying sticky residue pretty easily. One drawback with NaOH is things like nail enamel don't work, they just get eaten through in seconds, fortunately the paper I use rarely leaves any holes in the mask so I don't have to touch it up.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: garcho on July 25, 2013, 12:51:46 PM
I use the steel brush dremel attachment to clean etched enclosures. It takes about 30 seconds and they're sparkling.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Slade on August 02, 2013, 08:57:28 AM
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/1098172_10201797789766161_525177220_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on August 02, 2013, 09:00:44 AM
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/1098172_10201797789766161_525177220_n.jpg)

Thought you'd gone a bit quiet! :) That's quality man, great detailing!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: haveyouseenhim on August 02, 2013, 09:07:00 AM
How do you ever find the time to do such nice etches? ::)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Slade on August 02, 2013, 09:46:21 AM
How do you ever find the time to do such nice etches? ::)
Did you asked me the same on youtube? Why are you so worried about my time? Please let me know, is it for the prize of the competition? Maybe you should write me a MP if you want to talk about it.

I don't have much time now, I made this one after many not so detailed etches this months.
Cheers!
Fernando.-
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: guitarmageddon on August 02, 2013, 10:02:15 AM
I don't give a shit about personal politics, I know a great etch when I see one! :icon_cool:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Slade on August 02, 2013, 10:53:27 AM
^^^ Thank you!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: asatbluesboy on August 03, 2013, 10:47:28 AM
Great details and awesome pot/LED choice/positioning. I'd tap that even without knowing what's under the hood.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: TG Flatline on August 06, 2013, 04:49:58 AM
I've been quiet for a while... so here's a few etches :)

(http://www.cogeffects.co.uk/resources/Harvey_Small.JPG)
(http://www.cogeffects.co.uk/resources/Grand_Tarkin_Ext.jpg.opt557x313o0%2C0s557x313.jpg)

These two are the same, Big Muff derivative for bass with relay true bypass, Mids knob, and filtered clean blend. The clean blend is filtered at just over 2.4kHz, it's very subtle but I just prefer how the clean and fuzz mix after doing so.

Guts:
(http://www.cogeffects.co.uk/resources/Grand_Tarkin_Int.jpg.opt556x313o0%2C0s556x313.jpg)

This is another Big Muff derivative, two in one box and for a stereo rig, with a Depth switch to change the caps in series with the clipping diodes, and rotary switches to move the corner frequencies of the LPF and HPF in the tone stack. Makes for a hugely versatile Muff and lots of fun. The depth switch is an on-off-on DPDT with the caps in series, one from each outer lug to the middle lug (repeated on each side to accommodate both stages) and I used 47n and 100n as they were the values that best complemented the rotary switches. The rotary switches switch the caps in the LPF and HPF of the tone stack.

(http://www.cogeffects.co.uk/resources/ZappaTarkin_Medium.JPG.opt620x531o0%2C0s620x531.JPG)
(http://www.cogeffects.co.uk/resources/ZappaTarkin_Back_Medium.JPG.opt660x457o0%2C0s660x457.JPG)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on August 06, 2013, 04:53:19 AM
(http://www.cogeffects.co.uk/resources/ZappaTarkin_Back_Medium.JPG.opt660x457o0%2C0s660x457.JPG)

Awesome work man! Is it really for Dweezil Zappa?! Respect! :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: TG Flatline on August 06, 2013, 10:34:14 AM
Awesome work man! Is it really for Dweezil Zappa?! Respect! :)

Aye for Dweezil! Cheers dude!! :)
Title: Re:
Post by: ch1naski on August 06, 2013, 11:05:11 AM
It must sound really good, d.zappa  is pretty keen about his tone.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: guitarmageddon on August 06, 2013, 06:33:50 PM
Awesome work man! Is it really for Dweezil Zappa?! Respect! :)

Aye for Dweezil! Cheers dude!! :)

That's awesome! 8)
How about a Tarkin gut shot?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: TG Flatline on August 07, 2013, 04:44:46 AM
Awesome work man! Is it really for Dweezil Zappa?! Respect! :)

Aye for Dweezil! Cheers dude!! :)

That's awesome! 8)
How about a Tarkin gut shot?

Forgot to take a gut shot, I always do! I'm definitely building another one of these though so guts will be spilled!!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on August 07, 2013, 10:20:48 AM
OCD (v3) & Death By Audio Fuzz War (v1) in one box, good combo!

(http://31.media.tumblr.com/4e7a189e6e3a9868c310118bbcdac3f4/tumblr_mr5zlgaqBy1s7epwwo1_1280.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: TG Flatline on August 07, 2013, 11:01:42 AM
OCD (v3) & Death By Audio Fuzz War (v1) in one box, good combo!

(http://31.media.tumblr.com/4e7a189e6e3a9868c310118bbcdac3f4/tumblr_mr5zlgaqBy1s7epwwo1_1280.jpg)

Sweet! Love the bigger knobs up top!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on August 07, 2013, 11:41:04 AM
Sweet! Love the bigger knobs up top!

Cheers man! I love those Davies 1470's! Sucks that I have to import them though, wish there was a UK based supplier of Davies stuff.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on August 08, 2013, 12:44:53 AM
Awesome work man! Is it really for Dweezil Zappa?! Respect! :)

Aye for Dweezil! Cheers dude!! :)

how cool is that!... nice one man. 8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: halcyon on August 09, 2013, 04:04:24 PM
Hi all,

New to this forum! I just tried doing my first pedal etch, and I've run into a problem. The toner isn't sticking to the enclosure, and this is after I've smoothed it down real nice with 600 sandpaper wet.

I'm following MarkM's tutorial, and ironing for 3 minutes.

It sticks well in some places, but for the most part it doesn't seem to be adhering (see piece of magazine in back). Is this an issue with ironing time? Should I iron for less or more?

I've tried using glossy photo paper and magazines, both with the same result.

(http://i.imgur.com/pIgNJGMl.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: dromilious on August 09, 2013, 06:01:09 PM
I think your toner is not suitable for the transfer.I had the same problem when i refilled my toner cartrige.I bought a new original samsung toner and everything is cool now.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: guitarmageddon on August 09, 2013, 07:01:32 PM
I've heard of people having issues with toner brands, though not myself fortunately.
A large enclosure like that will be a significant heat sink, I think I'd give it a bit more time than 3 min.
I use glossy photo paper and it often starts to get brown scorch marks by the time I call it done.
I sit the iron on, leave everything to get good and hot, then thoroughly work it all over in circles, pressing firmly.
Also, try wiping down the box with acetone, they've got to be really clean, grease-free and dry too.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: electrosonic on August 09, 2013, 07:27:40 PM
I have come up with a slightly different method.

I sand and wipe the surface with acetone.

Then I put my press n peel face with the transfer up in a cast iron pan (cheap from ikea - never used for food so it is grease free) and line up my enclosure on top of the press n peel.

I put a digital meat thermometer probe in the enclosure and weight the enclosure down with another cast iron pan.

I turn the stove on low (about 3 1/2) on my stove and monitor the temperature.

When it gets to 300 degrees (F) I flip the enclosure over in the pan and use a roller to give the transfer a once over and quench it in the sink with cold water.

Not always perfect, I still do some touch ups, but I have better success this way then with an iron.

Andrew.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: jbgron on August 09, 2013, 09:22:24 PM
I think I got my method from Slade's tutorial but I iron for much longer times, up to 15 minutes for large enclosures and at least 10 minutes for a 1590B.  It's time consuming but I have excellent success doing this and hardly ever need to get out the nail polish.
Title: Re:
Post by: ch1naski on August 09, 2013, 10:01:41 PM
Halcyon, also make sure that you've sanded the enclosure completely FLAT.  Use a straight edge, like a ruler on edge, and lay it across the top.
More often than not, enclosures are higher around the edges, concave.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on August 10, 2013, 10:13:59 AM
Those boxes get hot really quick. I only iron briefly really...a minute or so.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pettol on August 10, 2013, 10:18:09 AM
My latest etch - an Echo base.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img33/6725/bnel.jpg)

(http://imageshack.us/a/img821/8913/20lq.jpg)
I know, the guts are not as neat as they should be... I never learn, but it works. :-\

(http://imageshack.us/a/img826/9488/h3bj.jpg)

The back is actually not etched. Instead I used UV curing ink. Worked like a charm.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mac Walker on August 10, 2013, 11:01:57 AM


The back is actually not etched. Instead I used UV curing ink. Worked like a charm.




That looks great, what font are you using here?  Tell us more about this UV curing ink method, please!
Title: .
Post by: Pettol on August 10, 2013, 11:19:22 AM
Thanks.

I used this:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/PCB-UV-Curing-Paint-Ink-For-Character-Labels-Black-100g-/190655178895?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2c63ef288f
(when that link is dead, just search for "PCB UV curing ink" on ebay).

This was my first attempt, so there is probably better ways, but this is how I did it:
1. I painted the areas where the text would go with a thin layer of the ink.
2. The ink was dried at 150 C.
3. I applied a mask - inverted print on transparencies (I used two aligned on top of each other).
4. The box was left in the sun for half an hour.
5. I finally wiped off the unexposed ink with ethanol.

I'm surprised how hard the text adheres.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pettol on August 10, 2013, 11:22:09 AM
And oh, the font is Century gothic, with the 'j' and 'd' tweaked a bit.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on August 10, 2013, 12:21:57 PM
^ nice build..

cool lettering process too...very neat.. 8)
Title: Re:
Post by: ch1naski on August 10, 2013, 12:36:27 PM
Pettol, I'm not sure I understand the process. The ink will etch when exposed to sunlight?  No acid involved?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: electricgrave on August 10, 2013, 12:46:47 PM
Those boxes get hot really quick. I only iron briefly really...a minute or so.


I guess it depends on the iron (and may be toner) you use. I had to do it at least 15 minutes.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pettol on August 10, 2013, 12:49:36 PM
@deadastro, Thanks.

@ch1naski, there's no etching involved with that ink. I used it only on the backside to test the technique.
The top is etched with pnp blue and NaOH. However that ink can be used for touch ups and masking for alkaline etching.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: glops on August 10, 2013, 02:48:37 PM
My latest etch - an Echo base.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img33/6725/bnel.jpg)

(http://imageshack.us/a/img821/8913/20lq.jpg)
I know, the guts are not as neat as they should be... I never learn, but it works. :-\

(http://imageshack.us/a/img826/9488/h3bj.jpg)

The back is actually not etched. Instead I used UV curing ink. Worked like a charm.

Beauty!!!
Title: Re: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on August 10, 2013, 04:05:51 PM
@deadastro, Thanks.

@ch1naski, there's no etching involved with that ink. I used it only on the backside to test the technique.
The top is etched with pnp blue and NaOH. However that ink can be used for touch ups and masking for alkaline etching.
if I would have read the whole post, I would have seen that. I was too busy admiring the photos.....
Title: Re: .
Post by: Maik on August 13, 2013, 03:02:17 AM
I used this:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/PCB-UV-Curing-Paint-Ink-For-Character-Labels-Black-100g-/190655178895?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2c63ef288f
(when that link is dead, just search for "PCB UV curing ink" on ebay).

Hi,

anybody knows where to get that shiped to germany?

edit: got it!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: hylandren on August 14, 2013, 08:35:59 PM
Hello, I just recently resolved some problems with my DIYS login, now I so can finally participate in this forum.
I am just starting to learn to build pedals, and these are my first 2 builds. I have posted these elsewhere, but since these are etched, I thought I would go ahead and add mine to the gallery in this thread.

(http://www.jnoeding.com/pedals/micro_burst/1.MB_Main.jpg)

(http://www.jnoeding.com/pedals/micro_burst/2.MB_Full_Side.jpg)

(http://www.jnoeding.com/pedals/micro_burst/3.MB_open_lid_gut.jpg)

(http://www.jnoeding.com/pedals/micro_burst/4.MB_dual_gut.jpg)

(http://www.jnoeding.com/pedals/rocket_booster/1.RB_main.jpg)

(http://www.jnoeding.com/pedals/rocket_booster/2.RB_Top_CL.jpg)

(http://www.jnoeding.com/pedals/rocket_booster/5.RB_Flame_CL.jpg)

(http://www.jnoeding.com/pedals/rocket_booster/3.RB_Full_Side.jpg)

(http://www.jnoeding.com/pedals/rocket_booster/4.RB_dual_gut.jpg)




Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: glops on August 14, 2013, 09:28:52 PM
Anybody tried a heatgun for transfers? Probably not good for pnp but I'm sick of that dang iron. I've never owned a heat gun but its time. I
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pettol on August 15, 2013, 01:43:32 AM
@Hylandren - nice builds!

@glops - haven't tried it, but controlled temperature and pressure are quite important parameters in my opinion and you won't get that with a heat gun.
But yep, I know the feeling.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: haveyouseenhim on August 15, 2013, 01:59:09 AM
Hello, I just recently resolved some problems with my DIYS login, now I so can finally participate in this forum.
I am just starting to learn to build pedals, and these are my first 2 builds. I have posted these elsewhere, but since these are etched, I thought I would go ahead and add mine to the gallery in this thread.

WOW!   I wish my first builds looked that good.   Did you have some electronics background before stompboxes?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Maik on August 15, 2013, 03:50:39 AM
Hi hylandren,

the flame of the rocket looks very cool. What kind of colour did you use? It looks a little bit like blood... :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on August 15, 2013, 04:01:42 AM
Hello, I just recently resolved some problems with my DIYS login, now I so can finally participate in this forum.
I am just starting to learn to build pedals, and these are my first 2 builds. I have posted these elsewhere, but since these are etched, I thought I would go ahead and add mine to the gallery in this thread.

WOW!   I wish my first builds looked that good. 

me too, very nice 8)....and  kind of a coincidence!....you'll see why later hopefully... ;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: bluebunny on August 15, 2013, 04:05:31 AM
. . . and  kind of a coincidence!....you'll see why later hopefully... ;)

Oooh!  You tease!   :o
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on August 15, 2013, 04:09:36 AM
yeah, i have to be as per 'competition rules'... ;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Perrow on August 15, 2013, 04:11:09 AM
yeah, i have to be as per 'competition rules'... ;)

I urge you to break the rules  :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on August 15, 2013, 04:36:46 AM
^ lol, no way, i'm not falling for that old trick :D

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Perrow on August 15, 2013, 05:30:19 AM
^ lol, no way, i'm not falling for that old trick :D

Oh well, it was worth a try  ::)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on August 15, 2013, 05:46:49 AM
just finishing up , i broke my own rules and built it without testing first... :icon_eek:

i live on the edge me... :)..if it don't work i'll go mad and shout at the cat..... :o
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Perrow on August 15, 2013, 06:05:25 AM
if it don't work i'll go mad and shout at the cat..... :o

Result:

(https://i.chzbgr.com/maxW500/2752958720/hB85EE400/)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on August 15, 2013, 06:35:39 AM
well the cat has been shouted at... >:(.....debug time.. ::)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: hylandren on August 15, 2013, 09:25:45 AM
Thanks for the kind comments.

Quote
Did you have some electronics background before stompboxes?
No, in fact about a year ago, I didn't even understand how electricity works.

Quote
the flame of the rocket looks very cool. What kind of colour did you use?
Duplicolor red cast. It translucent, so to get it to look brilliant like that, you need for the metal to be really shiny, so it will show through the paint.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: guitarmageddon on August 16, 2013, 09:02:34 PM
Booty Thief ( Madbean Kingslayer)

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/Booty_zps791e9f0e.jpg)

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/BootyThief_zps83a47d89.jpg)

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/shed2_zps29471cb5.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: electricgrave on August 16, 2013, 11:29:39 PM
That's awesome, guitarmageddon. Makes me want to etch another pedal :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on August 17, 2013, 01:44:07 AM
Cool , i love led eyes,  8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on August 22, 2013, 05:31:44 AM
i'm allowed to post this now..(as per competition rules) ;)  its been a long time since i did a 1590bb,



(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7464107/WP_20130821_005.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7464107/WP_20130821_003.jpg)


Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on August 22, 2013, 05:35:53 AM
(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7464107/WP_20130821_005.jpg)

Great stuff! Clean work as always man, looks awesome! Sounds cool in the vid as well, could no doubt bust out many Atomic Bitchwax or Monster Magnet riffs with that! :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on August 22, 2013, 05:38:54 AM


Great stuff! Clean work as always man, looks awesome! Sounds cool in the vid as well, could no doubt bust out many Atomic Bitchwax or Monster Magnet riffs with that! :)
[/quote]

cheers man, yep, monster magnet, atomic bitchwax...indeed you space lord mutha..  :icon_twisted: 8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pettol on August 22, 2013, 06:06:00 AM
@deadastronaut, very nice!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: guitarmageddon on August 22, 2013, 08:20:46 AM
^Very cool Rob!
I can pick one of your builds a mile away. 8)

Here's a Rangemaster in a wedge enclosure (cut down 125B)

(http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l524/guitarmageddon9/VintageRangemaster.jpg)

(http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l524/guitarmageddon9/Gutsv2.jpg)

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: hylandren on August 22, 2013, 08:26:37 AM
@ Deadastronaut: Okay, NOW I see what you mean about the coincidence!
Wow, beautiful etching and brush work, great layout design, and sounds great to boot.
I still struggle to get small print and fine lines to come through when etching, so I am blown away by your etching precision...

If you don't mind my asking, are you a photo paper guy or pnp blue?
Ferric Chloride or something else ?

Guitarmageddon uses Photo paper with great results, but the only time I tried it, it was a total FUBAR disaster.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on August 22, 2013, 08:48:49 AM
@guitarmaggedon....cheers man. 

lovely rangemaster P TO P as well ....cool. 8)

@hy: cheers man, yep, i use glossy photo/ferric too...

if your image isn't sharp when you have ironed it...then redo the image.

i find if i stretch a font , even in inkscape it will not print sharply, though the image on screen is.... ;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Maik on August 22, 2013, 08:50:42 AM
Hey Rob, save it in inkscape as a pdf and it will be sharp again
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on August 22, 2013, 08:51:47 AM
^ really....i'll have to try that...i just wondered why it was being weird...?

what is happening to it then?...when resized etc..?

cheers maik. 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: TG Flatline on August 22, 2013, 09:37:02 AM
(http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l524/guitarmageddon9/VintageRangemaster.jpg)

That's ace, love the shadowed font, lovely simple design, nice one dude!!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on August 22, 2013, 09:57:56 AM
Yeah that is a cool font, came out great  8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: seedlings on August 22, 2013, 12:39:14 PM
Booty Thief ( Madbean Kingslayer)

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/Booty_zps791e9f0e.jpg)

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/BootyThief_zps83a47d89.jpg)

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/shed2_zps29471cb5.jpg)

I have an affinity for pedals (and guitars) that look like they are played hard, loved - you know, pieces that say, "do what you want with me, I'm a reliable tone machine."

This is a great example!

CHAD
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: guitarmageddon on August 22, 2013, 07:58:37 PM
Thanks gents.
Yeah that is a cool font, came out great  8)
Rob, the font is called Postoffice.
@Chad- thanks Man! I like the rustic look too.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: hylandren on August 22, 2013, 08:42:48 PM
 
if your image isn't sharp when you have ironed it...then redo the image.
i find if i stretch a font , even in inkscape it will not print sharply, though the image on screen is.... ;)
-If re-sizing makes your font not sharp, then that means its has somehow gotten rasterized. If kept in the vector format, you can literally enlarge it to the size of a billboard and it will still be razor sharp. That's the beauty of vector graphics.
That's what is throwing me, I am very careful to keep all type and images in vector format, and it looks sharp when I have finished the trasnfer, but small font and lines ( like those on your Space Patrol Fuzz) are often broken or jagged.

Hey Rob, save it in inkscape as a pdf and it will be sharp again
-Actually that's not quite completely true. If it was originally a vector image, and he rasterized and saved it, saving it again as a raster (PDF)
 image won't  undue the damage that was already done earlier by previously rasterizing the original.  Once its pixelated, re-converting it to a vector image will stop additional degradation, but can't undue what's already been done.
Title: Re:
Post by: Perrow on August 23, 2013, 12:04:23 AM
I think what they're saying is that Inkscape messes up when saving to bitmap (excessive jaggedness) but not when saving to pdf. The wonderful world of Inkscape ::) Don't get me wrong, I love it, but it's far from perfect.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Maik on August 23, 2013, 02:56:22 AM
Yes, Perrow is right.

Yesterday I sucked on this
(http://imageshack.us/a/img12/2210/f1ap.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/12/f1ap.jpg/)

http://imageshack.us/a/img12/2210/f1ap.jpg

The water for the acid was too hot, so the acid was too strong. Redo it, damn!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: hylandren on August 23, 2013, 07:49:51 AM
Yes, Perrow is right.

I see. I use Illustrator which, by default saves images as vector files. I have never used Inkscape.

Yesterday I sucked on this
(http://imageshack.us/a/img12/2210/f1ap.th.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/12/f1ap.jpg/)
http://imageshack.us/a/img12/2210/f1ap.jpg

See, that's a good example of what I mean, The small lined details there are more solid than on my transfers, so I am definitely still doing something wrong...

The water for the acid was too hot, so the acid was too strong. Redo it, damn!

Perhaps that is what I am doing wrong. I fill a pitcher with hot water from the tap, and put the bottle of etchant in it for 10-15 minutes. Is there a specific recommended temperature for ferric chloride?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: endorphin on August 23, 2013, 03:03:26 PM
If I remember correctly my bottle Ferric Chloride by MG Chemicals, says not to exceed 135° Fahrenheit or 50° Celsius. I have an infrared thermometer I use to monitor my temperatures. If you get close to 135° the acid etches fast but a little strong, eats through your graphics where you don't want it. Gets really frothy too.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: hylandren on August 23, 2013, 07:26:50 PM
If I remember correctly my bottle Ferric Chloride by MG Chemicals, says not to exceed 135° Fahrenheit or 50° Celsius. I have an infrared thermometer I use to monitor my temperatures. If you get close to 135° the acid etches fast but a little strong, eats through your graphics where you don't want it. Gets really frothy too.

Thanks for that info. If that's the case, them etchant temperature is likely not teh cause, since I just run hot water from the tap to put the etchant in. I haven't put a thermometer to it, but I don't see how that water could be anywhere close to 135 degrees...
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Maik on August 24, 2013, 05:13:50 AM
My problem was that the acid was about 30°C. HCI should have 20° or it gets stronger. It was realy a cooking thing, about one minute to eath uncontroleble :icon_redface:
Title: Re:
Post by: GGBB on August 24, 2013, 10:28:13 AM
I think what they're saying is that Inkscape messes up when saving to bitmap (excessive jaggedness) but not when saving to pdf. The wonderful world of Inkscape ::) Don't get me wrong, I love it, but it's far from perfect.

It doesn't do this for me other than what would be expected for bitmap vs. vector.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on August 24, 2013, 12:01:38 PM
i tried exporting from inkscape to pdf, seems to have sorted it....strange. ???....but happy. :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: pickdropper on August 24, 2013, 02:29:32 PM
I'm not an Inkscape expert (I use Illustrator) but I believe that the vector information is preserved with the PDF info, which would explain why it works better than the raster formats.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on August 24, 2013, 03:18:11 PM
cool...^

i was looking at adobe illustrator earlier....hmmm...


Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: stallik on August 24, 2013, 05:56:09 PM
For those not versed with this, a clarification. 2 way to create an image file
1. Vector: pure mathematics. These describe everything about the size, shape, position, colour etc of each element of the image. Advantages are that each element is truly scalable and resolution is irelevant. Vectors files are tiny. Disadvantages are that no matter how good the mathematics, the final image will always look somewhat less than real life- more of a cartoon. Fonts are always created as vectors.

2. Bitmap: this is a grid of squares called pixels. Each pixel has a specification for colour, density and hue. The entire pixel is a flat even colour with no detail. Quantity of pixels per inch  (PPI) is the resolution but its normally described as dots per inch (DPI) no matter how big the grid of pixels, the image is always made up those little squares so if you enlarge the image, you will eventually see them as jagged curves etc. Advantages are the amazing image quality, disadvantages are the lack of scalability and the can be enormous.

File types: there are specific bitmap only file types- tiff, targa, jpeg etc. Vector can be ai, cdr etc but there are 3  file types that can contain both bitmap AND vector elements. postscript (ps), encapsulated postscript (eps) and PDF. The fact that you are saving something as a PDF does not automatically mean that it will remain a vector. Check your pdf settings when saving the file

If you save a vector element in a bitmap format, it will be converted into a bitmap and there is no easy way to convert it back! Once your nice, mathematically scaleable vector object, including fonts, becomes a bitmap, it will show jagged edges if you enlarge it, and this will happen no matter which software you are using.

This is only the briefest of explanations but I hope it clearly shows that you cannot necessarily blame the graphics package for screwing up your images.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: thelonious on August 25, 2013, 11:58:03 PM
This is a build of Jon P's Clipper Ship, but with a BoneRay (http://s81.photobucket.com/user/merlinblencowe/media/BoaneRayStack.jpg.html?t=1268149807) tone stack. I ended up switching the volume pot to 1M to stay in line with the tone stack scale and then adding an output buffer. I love the extra flexibility the Tilt and Mid controls provide... totally worth the messy hack I did on the board. :D

The etch was kind of too shallow. I had to get creative and do a lot of color mixing with the airbrush, but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out overall---it ended up looking textured and antiqued.

The jewel really is that crazy aqua color. It's an old amp jewel I picked up at a hamfest.

(http://www.aronnelson.com/gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=49526&g2_serialNumber=1)

(http://www.aronnelson.com/gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=49531&g2_serialNumber=2)

(http://www.aronnelson.com/gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=49559&g2_serialNumber=1)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: guitarmageddon on August 26, 2013, 12:06:01 AM
^ Billions of Blue Blistering Barnacles! -looks great. :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on August 26, 2013, 04:35:54 AM
Yeah that is sweet...love the colours...   :icon_cool:

and the jewel suits it well....very nice
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: hylandren on August 26, 2013, 03:03:05 PM
Yeah, between the etch and the paint job, it looks instantly vintage!
That etch sure looks great to me.
I don't know about you, but it seems like when I try to etch really deep, my deeper etches don't seem to have the sharpness at the edges that the shallower ones do...


Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Trippy Demon on August 30, 2013, 10:42:22 AM

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7464107/WP_20130821_005.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7464107/WP_20130821_003.jpg)

Great looking and awesome sounding pedal, have to hint my guitar player to your site...
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on August 30, 2013, 10:48:59 AM
^ cool, cheers man.  8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Maik on September 03, 2013, 02:37:25 PM
Did it again!
Amptweaker Tight Metal clone

(http://imageshack.us/scaled/thumb/703/64pk.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/703/64pk.jpg/)

[IMG=http://imageshack.us/a/img703/1304/64pk.jpg][/IMG] (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/703/64pk.jpg/)

Uploaded with ImageShack.us (http://imageshack.us)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: garcho on September 03, 2013, 05:30:21 PM
^ Nicely done. All of that is etch?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Perrow on September 03, 2013, 06:40:48 PM
Did it again!
Amptweaker Tight Metal clone

(http://imageshack.us/scaled/thumb/703/64pk.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/703/64pk.jpg/)

[IMG=http://imageshack.us/a/img703/1304/64pk.jpg][/IMG] (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/703/64pk.jpg/)

Uploaded with ImageShack.us (http://imageshack.us)

A-maze-ing  ;D

No really (despite the pun) it was.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Liquitone on September 03, 2013, 08:07:54 PM
nice one maik! making me dizzy, but nice! :P

@ thelonious, love that etch, color, jewel light, knobs and how it all comes together perfectly. That's something I would want on my pedalboard.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Maik on September 04, 2013, 10:15:52 AM
Jip, all etch!
And yes, makes me dizzy too. :icon_mrgreen:
Labyrinth was too small in photoshop, only 1px. 2-3px would be better, not so dizzy

Next big thing:
http://img571.imageshack.us/img571/447/v62u.jpg
(http://img571.imageshack.us/img571/447/v62u.jpg)

a rasterpic
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: seedlings on September 04, 2013, 10:39:30 AM
Jip, all etch!
And yes, makes me dizzy too. :icon_mrgreen:
Labyrinth was too small in photoshop, only 1px. 2-3px would be better, not so dizzy

Next big thing:
http://img571.imageshack.us/img571/447/v62u.jpg
(http://img571.imageshack.us/img571/447/v62u.jpg)

a rasterpic

Wow.  How in the heck will you etch semi-tone grey?  Wizardry, I tell you.  Wizardry.

CHAD
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Maik on September 04, 2013, 11:07:03 AM
No it´s no semitone. It´s black/white.

Ah, now I see...bad pic. The real one is black-white
this one is better
http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/1281/r0n4.jpg
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Liquitone on September 04, 2013, 12:17:36 PM
I'm impressed you're even trying to etch that! On a side note, that picture somewhat reminds me of 2 paintings I made few years ago;
(http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii220/tsjazynski/paintings/S6000510_zps04fc7c33.jpg) (http://s265.photobucket.com/user/tsjazynski/media/paintings/S6000510_zps04fc7c33.jpg.html)
(http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii220/tsjazynski/paintings/118bc5da-386a-4ae0-b392-4954481c5dc5_zps57ea0199.jpg) (http://s265.photobucket.com/user/tsjazynski/media/paintings/118bc5da-386a-4ae0-b392-4954481c5dc5_zps57ea0199.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: seedlings on September 04, 2013, 01:26:39 PM
No it´s no semitone. It´s black/white.

Ah, now I see...bad pic. The real one is black-white
this one is better
http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/1281/r0n4.jpg

Ah, you cleared it up.  That one will be super easy.  :icon_eek:  :o

Impressed!
CHAD
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: garcho on September 04, 2013, 01:30:14 PM
Rasterizing is brilliant, no more worrying so much about those tiny errant etch holes! Not that finding an excuse to be sloppy is what I'm looking for...  ::)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Maik on September 04, 2013, 02:28:35 PM
@liquitone
I like the blue one.

@Chad
I have to experiment with the exposure time and the acid. The acid has to be not so strong but strong enought to etch quick, so that the photoresist spray will stay and the "holes" will stay.
I think it will be easy  :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: seedlings on September 04, 2013, 03:40:49 PM
@Chad
I have to experiment with the exposure time and the acid. The acid has to be not so strong but strong enought to etch quick, so that the photoresist spray will stay and the "holes" will stay.
I think it will be easy  :icon_mrgreen:

Like a boss.  You go Maik!  The first stomp on that pedal will transport the user directly to an enchanted forest nightmare.

CHAD

*edit: make sure to highlight the hobgoblin-yeti just enough to terrorize  ;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Arcane Analog on September 04, 2013, 07:34:38 PM
That is certainly doable, Maik. No reason you cannot knock that out.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Maik on September 05, 2013, 02:54:03 AM
God point Chad. Will do it.

It´s a little bit like "yes we can" :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: J0K3RX on September 07, 2013, 04:09:29 AM
Did it again!
Amptweaker Tight Metal clone

(http://imageshack.us/scaled/thumb/703/64pk.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/703/64pk.jpg/)

[IMG=http://imageshack.us/a/img703/1304/64pk.jpg][/IMG] (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/703/64pk.jpg/)

Uploaded with ImageShack.us (http://imageshack.us)

Damn, just saw this.... WOW!!! I can't etch an enclosure for nuthin :icon_sad: How do you like the tight metal?? I love mine but I have made a few addons and changes.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Maik on September 08, 2013, 11:07:31 AM
@JOK3RX
Thanks!
Don´t know it jet, have to make the wiring on monday and then I will see! But I think I will love it. Will do a demo with Two Notes WOS then...

edit: What kind of booster do you use? Is it before or after tight metal?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: guitarmageddon on September 12, 2013, 08:23:17 PM
@ Maik, that full face maze etch is incredible.

The "Lullavibe" for my mate Matt. (one of his projects is "Space Cadet Lullabies")

(http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l524/guitarmageddon9/lullavibe2.jpg)

Has taken me months to complete it, sourcing the parts, wiring it up, tweaking etc. but finished now and it's my favourite Univibe build so far.
It's a modified Roger Mayer Voodoo Vibe.

(http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l524/guitarmageddon9/guts-6.jpg)

Matt wanted Neil Armstrong on it, a challenging etch, but I think it came out pretty well.

(http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l524/guitarmageddon9/deet.jpg)

(http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l524/guitarmageddon9/lullavibe1.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: garcho on September 12, 2013, 09:07:54 PM
^ :o


Wow, that's exceptionally cool, bravo!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Maik on September 13, 2013, 02:51:36 AM
Wow, that´s cool!
Is it all done with paper and ironing?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: guitarmageddon on September 13, 2013, 03:05:16 AM
Thanks gents!
Wow, that´s cool!
Is it all done with paper and ironing?
Yep, old school. ;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on September 13, 2013, 03:14:41 AM
@guitarmaggedon:  

superb...i love that picture of me.. ;D.  interesting to see how a photo comes out...hmmmmm.... :icon_idea:

excellent. 8)


@maik:  uber cool, came out great man.. 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: bluebunny on September 13, 2013, 03:35:38 AM
Holiday snap, Rob?   ;D

Nice etch.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on September 13, 2013, 03:39:28 AM
^ yeah that was me back in 69 , the photo was taken in croydon at a shopping centre... :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: bluebunny on September 13, 2013, 03:53:48 AM
I always said Croydon had no atmosphere...

[ OK, OK, I'm getting my coat! ]
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on September 13, 2013, 03:55:36 AM
very good... ;D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on September 13, 2013, 04:12:29 AM
(http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l524/guitarmageddon9/lullavibe2.jpg)

Dude, that is an awesome etch! Can I ask how you achieved it in terms of the photo, is it a vector trace or some Photoshop threshold type hijinx? Or neither?

Opens up a whole new world of cool being able to do photos! :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: guitarmageddon on September 13, 2013, 04:34:41 AM
Thanks Hex.
It's not vector, the image was pulled straight off the internet. it was fairly hi res though.
There's no great secret, I do tweak the contrast and gamma in my pentax camera photo editing software (ACDC) sometimes, but really my brother laser printer does all the work. I noticed it does greys with a dot matrix, so I just try to preserve them in the etch.
I've been experimenting with this for a while, but my main tips are; don't over etch, know your acid and carefully monitor the cut. I use a bare fingertip to feel the progress...that finger is a lot smoother than the others now though... :icon_lol:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Maik on September 13, 2013, 04:38:23 AM
You can do it with photoshop (Filter-Raster, and then playing with contrast to give it a harder black-white) or rasterbator or Photoline.
Check out rasterbator.net or pl32.com. Both are free...

nice idea with the fingersmoothie :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: TG Flatline on September 13, 2013, 04:40:38 AM
@ guitarmageddon - that is ace dude. I like the etch, the layout, the styling. Proper mint!!!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: guitarmageddon on September 13, 2013, 06:28:15 AM
rasterbater :icon_lol: :icon_lol:

I just knew you'd like this one Rob. ;)

Thanks Tom!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on September 13, 2013, 06:33:23 AM
 8) :)
Title: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on September 14, 2013, 12:09:36 PM
The way the printer does grayscale, makes it look somewhat like a newspaper photo. Vintage-looking.

Obviously, deadastro was not so dead back then....;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on September 14, 2013, 03:35:20 PM
No, but i liked making fake photos... ;D :(
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: poppyman on September 15, 2013, 04:13:08 AM
Hey Guitarmageddon, this Lullavibe etch is incredible  :o

I've been doing transfert with p'n'p blue with various copy machines, when I could do it at work or when the copy machine shop people were nice enough to let me use their machines ( a lot of them are afraid of "odd" paper sheets, like the p'n'p blue). And I a lot of various results as far as toner tranfert goes.

I was considering switching to photo paper and laser printer but it seems like some are better than others, to be used  as a tranfert tool for etching.

Would you mind sharing the reference of your printer? 
(a" Brother" is it?)

Or if any of you guys had good or bad experiences with specific laser printers?

thanks in advance!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: guitarmageddon on September 15, 2013, 07:08:13 AM
I was considering switching to photo paper and laser printer but it seems like some are better than others, to be used  as a tranfert tool for etching.

Would you mind sharing the reference of your printer? 
(a" Brother" is it?)

Or if any of you guys had good or bad experiences with specific laser printers?

thanks in advance!
My printer currently is a Brother HL-2132, but I've had others.
When the ink runs out I but a new one. Whatever is the cheapest. Terribly wasteful, I know. :icon_neutral: But this one was 50 clams, a refill was $70. :icon_confused:

I've never tried PnP.
I live out in the bush. I mix my own etchant for HCl and Hydrogen peroxide. Keep it out in tubs in the laundry to breath.
The photo paper is small amounts of whatever is the cheapest. Cheap is good. Small amounts because some seem to work better than others. Thin (180g/m2) and "waterproof" seem to be generally good traits.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: closetmonster. on September 16, 2013, 09:25:35 PM
This thread is full of so much awesome. I cannot wait for my parts to get here so that I can start etching.  :icon_twisted:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: guitarmageddon on September 24, 2013, 08:25:41 PM
Here's a pedal built for a bassist who wanted a character from the original Fallout computer game.

(http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l524/guitarmageddon9/TheMaster.jpg)

It's a combination of things, but at the core is my take on CJ's "Logan 5", which was derived from Tim Escobedo's "Thing Modulator", a pseudo ring modulator.

(http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l524/guitarmageddon9/guts-8.jpg)

I've paired it with a LFO and a clean blend.
It's also got a pair of external LDRs, one to warp the frequency and the other is part of a feedback loop.

(http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l524/guitarmageddon9/deet-1.jpg)

The etch was pretty tricky as, not only was the image pretty murky, it's an old game with pretty low-res graphics.

(http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l524/guitarmageddon9/profile-1.jpg)

There's a flashing ultra-violet "eye" synced with the LFO. :wink:

A little compilation of some of the noises it makes and a demonstration of the controls.

[ Invalid YouTube link ]
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on September 25, 2013, 05:00:19 AM
you noisey sod.. ;D

cool build man.... 8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: closetmonster. on September 25, 2013, 08:39:06 AM
Here's a pedal built for a bassist who wanted a character from the original Fallout computer game.

(http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l524/guitarmageddon9/TheMaster.jpg)

Love it.

Played Fallout 1&2 a ton as a kid. The Masterrrr
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: amptramp on September 25, 2013, 09:07:51 PM
I started a thread about this site:

http://www.engravingschool.com/private/transfers.htm

with this thread number:

http://www.diystompboxes.com/smfforum/index.php?topic=104453.0

about nine new methods of transferring images to a box for engraving.  Some of the methods are simpler and more ecologically sound that what we usually see here.  Worth a look!
Title: Re:
Post by: Hexjibber on September 29, 2013, 04:52:13 AM
Couple of simple builds, looper and ABY box but still thought worth a nice etch :)

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/09/29/y3uhy7eh.jpg)

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/09/29/a3yhapar.jpg)
Title: Re:
Post by: Hexjibber on September 29, 2013, 04:54:55 AM
*ABY box has a Klon buffer in it
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on September 29, 2013, 05:32:48 AM
nice, very tasteful design. 8)
Title: Re:
Post by: garcho on September 29, 2013, 12:25:33 PM
Damn Jibber! Gorgeous, bravo!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on September 29, 2013, 01:55:33 PM
this was a rescue pedal...my son in law decided he wanted to build a yjm 308....which didn't work, had holes drilled wonky, and painted it with emulsion :icon_rolleyes:...bless ::)

so after much laughter and ridicule i decided to  take it  home , gutted it, stripped it back, and sorted it for him....

he hasn't even seen or heard it yet, but i'm sure he'll be a happy little soul as he is a big malmsteen widdly widdly ice cream van music fan.. :icon_twisted:

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7464107/WP_20130929_006.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7464107/WP_20130929_003.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7464107/WP_20130929_004.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7464107/WP_20130929_005.jpg)


p.s, its not really an etch...just toner.  ;D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: bluebunny on September 29, 2013, 03:58:49 PM
What a guy!  Nice rescue job, Rob.  You just need to finish it off with a (widdly widdly) blond poodle perm.   ;D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: seedlings on September 29, 2013, 04:53:07 PM
(http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb54/seedlings/2608f9d8-e86c-4b15-b8fa-4cb9961d3e47_zpse360168a.jpg) (http://s206.photobucket.com/user/seedlings/media/2608f9d8-e86c-4b15-b8fa-4cb9961d3e47_zpse360168a.jpg.html)

(http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb54/seedlings/20130929_154359_zps14e54d57.jpg) (http://s206.photobucket.com/user/seedlings/media/20130929_154359_zps14e54d57.jpg.html)

Opamp overdrive with switchable high boost and low extension. Nabbed the sketch from the 'net.

CHAD
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: guitarmageddon on September 30, 2013, 03:22:16 AM
Harbinger (vibe) and Shoot the Moon (trem) combo.

(http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l524/guitarmageddon9/guts-9.jpg)

(http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l524/guitarmageddon9/Tremvibe.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on September 30, 2013, 04:36:32 AM
nice, very tasteful design. 8)

Damn Jibber! Gorgeous, bravo!

Cheers dudes! :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Flaconsius on October 01, 2013, 11:23:55 PM
Well, just finished an Overdrive with some Clippin´ Options, and tried to make an Old Style Box Look.
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/625521_10201435091592195_281229802_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Maik on October 02, 2013, 02:24:43 AM
Wow! How did you do that rusty color?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: mistahead on October 02, 2013, 02:31:16 AM
It could be done with any of the metal pigment/oxidizer paint combo's I keep raving about.

Depending on material it could just be electrolysis induced oxidization...

But I suspect its brown paint.
Title: Re:
Post by: ch1naski on October 02, 2013, 11:39:09 AM
The edges look actually worn away, gritty. Nice
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Flaconsius on October 02, 2013, 11:42:25 AM
I made that in an easier way.
After Etching the Box, I painted it with some kind of Patina called "Betún de Judea". I don´t know what´s the English name for that.
And, after it, for the golden and more brilliant parts, I used another kind of Patina called "Metal en Pasta", that would be something like "Mash Metal" in English.
Anyway, nothing that wouldn´t be found in an Art Store.
Regards.
Title: Re: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on October 02, 2013, 02:31:58 PM
I made that in an easier way.
After Etching the Box, I painted it with some kind of Patina called "Betún de Judea". I don´t know what´s the English name for that.
And, after it, for the golden and more brilliant parts, I used another kind of Patina called "Metal en Pasta", that would be something like "Mash Metal" in English.
Anyway, nothing that wouldn´t be found in an Art Store.
Regards.

Metal en Pasta.....
I was picturing aluminum rotini ......;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Maik on October 02, 2013, 06:06:00 PM
thanks for the info.
Have to try it on a tweed pedal
Title: Re: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Flaconsius on October 02, 2013, 10:33:11 PM


Metal en Pasta.....
I was picturing aluminum rotini ......;)

Hhaaahaa! That would be the most logical Translation.
But, it is something like this:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Gilders-Paste-Antique-Gold-Color-Patina-Metal-Wood-Art-Craft-Jewelry-Beads-/380716890672?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item58a47eba30

Cheers.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on October 03, 2013, 05:36:26 AM
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/625521_10201435091592195_281229802_n.jpg)

That looks cool man, will definitely have to give that a try!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Nacho5 on October 03, 2013, 07:39:40 PM
Well, just finished an Overdrive with some Clippin´ Options, and tried to make an Old Style Box Look.
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/625521_10201435091592195_281229802_n.jpg)

Oh yeah! Made in Argentina!!! Grande Flaco!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pettol on October 04, 2013, 02:31:07 AM
@Flaconsius - cool build. So far from what I am usually doing and I need something new...



@Hexjibber - Amazing etches as always (previous page). Is that done with photo paper?




(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7464107/WP_20130929_006.jpg)

p.s, its not really an etch...just toner.  ;D

So clean. How do you do that toner transfer?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on October 04, 2013, 04:00:51 AM
hi pettol:

same as usual,  sand the box, export image from inkscape as pdf (which seems to retain sharpness) , iron...

i peeled the paper (tesco's 150gsm glossy) off when it was still pretty hot to touch...came off with no residue, and clean tonerless paper...very crisp.

then put under cold water and scrubbed with a toothbrush...though it didn't really need it...that's it...no clear coat.

the peel off when hot method has been 100% reliable. and sharp evey time.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pettol on October 04, 2013, 04:18:57 AM
Thanks deadastronaut. I've never been successful with photo paper, but with these details I might have better luck. (I user pnp for etching, but it leaves that blueish residue :().
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on October 04, 2013, 04:24:43 AM
yep, and expensive too.. :icon_evil:

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pettol on October 04, 2013, 04:29:12 AM
Oh yes. I'm shocked every time I have to order them.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on October 04, 2013, 10:06:50 AM
@Hexjibber - Amazing etches as always (previous page). Is that done with photo paper?

Thanks man! Yes I use photo paper, this one to be exact;

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0046Z1658 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0046Z1658)

Very cheap (I get mine from the £1 shop!) and has always produced consistent results. After ironing I wait for it to cool and then peel off, it leaves a whitish residue over the masked areas but you can just apply the acid straight on top, no extra scrubbing/peeling etc required, very easy!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pettol on October 04, 2013, 10:35:37 AM
@Hexjibber - Thanks. I saw your tutorial and I got exactly those. Now I'm eager to try it.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on October 04, 2013, 10:49:26 AM
hex:  try peeling it off while still a little hot...comes off nice and crisp..no residue. ;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on October 04, 2013, 11:00:01 AM
hex:  try peeling it off while still a little hot...comes off nice and crisp..no residue. ;)

There's no need to with the paper I use man, you can just apply the acid even though there's a residue, doesn't affect the etch. Might try that for just doing toner transfers like you did on your box though, been thinking about trying it on painted boxes
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pettol on October 04, 2013, 11:28:42 AM
I've tried that but I couldn't get a good transfer without screwing up the paint. Now, someone just wrote about high temp paint (used for car engines) and that seems promising.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: garcho on October 04, 2013, 11:40:31 AM
Engine paint might work well, too. Like for farm equipment. Dries faster and super hard. And cheap.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on October 04, 2013, 11:43:43 AM
^ yep..

radiator paint/enamel will be ok too i think..
Title: Re:
Post by: smurfedelic smurfberry on October 04, 2013, 10:25:03 PM
Couple of simple builds, looper and ABY box but still thought worth a nice etch :)

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/09/29/y3uhy7eh.jpg)

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/09/29/a3yhapar.jpg)

Mind = Blown. What method did you use?
Title: Re:
Post by: tubegeek on October 05, 2013, 12:28:15 AM
Couple of simple builds, looper and ABY box but still thought worth a nice etch :)

Mind = Blown. What method did you use?


+1. I really like those patterned surfaces, nice nice nice!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: closetmonster. on October 05, 2013, 02:38:52 AM
Couple of simple builds, looper and ABY box but still thought worth a nice etch :)

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/09/29/y3uhy7eh.jpg)

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/09/29/a3yhapar.jpg)

I recognize that second pattern, used it on a website build for my band at one point. :)

http://subtlepatterns.com/

This website is a gem if you're looking for a freeware graphic design resource.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: garcho on October 05, 2013, 03:09:31 AM
^ thanks!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: guitarmageddon on October 06, 2013, 04:37:42 AM
Booty Thief "Red Rackham" Model.

(http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l524/guitarmageddon9/jollyroger.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: amptramp on October 06, 2013, 10:53:19 AM
Engine paint might work well, too. Like for farm equipment. Dries faster and super hard. And cheap.

I expect to see your green and yellow "Nothing Runs Like a Deere" pedal coming out soon.  Maybe show a waveform with a John Deere lawn tractor mowing the tops off it for a fuzz. :icon_wink:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: garcho on October 06, 2013, 06:59:16 PM
^ brilliant!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: guitarmageddon on October 07, 2013, 01:54:47 AM
This was a fun one. :D

(http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l524/guitarmageddon9/shoman.jpg)

(http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l524/guitarmageddon9/SHOMan.jpg)

(http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l524/guitarmageddon9/guts-11.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on October 07, 2013, 03:34:33 AM
SUPER....erm......MAN..  8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: bluebunny on October 07, 2013, 03:54:46 AM
^^^ Ouch!   :icon_eek:

(http://www.ngart.com.au/images/exhibition/nickstathopoulos2013/thumbs/NS_2013_Get-Your-Coat-On!_90x90cm_Acrylic-and-oil-glaze-on-canvas.jpg)   :icon_twisted:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on October 07, 2013, 03:56:33 AM
yeah i grabbed both of my coats and got a cab...... ;D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: bluebunny on October 07, 2013, 03:58:13 AM
I admit it, I *did* laugh - out loud, too.  I guess I should also be getting my coat...   ;)
Title: Re:
Post by: Hexjibber on October 07, 2013, 05:13:48 AM
Mind = Blown. What method did you use?
+1. I really like those patterned surfaces, nice nice nice!

Thanks guys! :) I've done a pic tutorial on my pedal blog if you're interested;

http://diy-guitar-effects.tumblr.com/etching (http://diy-guitar-effects.tumblr.com/etching)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on October 07, 2013, 05:15:21 AM
(http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l524/guitarmageddon9/SHOMan.jpg)

That's cool man!   :icon_biggrin:
Title: Re:
Post by: smurfedelic smurfberry on October 07, 2013, 07:40:32 AM
Mind = Blown. What method did you use?
+1. I really like those patterned surfaces, nice nice nice!

Thanks guys! :) I've done a pic tutorial on my pedal blog if you're interested;

http://diy-guitar-effects.tumblr.com/etching (http://diy-guitar-effects.tumblr.com/etching)

Much appreciated, thank you. I've done one attempt that succeeded and like 10 that were just really crap.
This one got pretty nice when I filled in the etched parts with red paint, and sanded the rest and then covered with clear coat,
I don't seem to have a picture of that finished result..
(http://i.imgur.com/9rdhmjO.png)
Title: Re:
Post by: Hexjibber on October 07, 2013, 09:27:28 AM
Much appreciated, thank you. I've done one attempt that succeeded and like 10 that were just really crap.
This one got pretty nice when I filled in the etched parts with red paint, and sanded the rest and then covered with clear coat,
I don't seem to have a picture of that finished result..
(http://i.imgur.com/9rdhmjO.png)

No problem man, hope it's useful! I like the look of that etch, definitely a cool font! Keep us posted if you do any more! :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: musiclikscreams on October 07, 2013, 11:20:44 AM
subbin... this stuff is awesome!
Title: Re:
Post by: tubegeek on October 07, 2013, 07:16:20 PM
Thanks guys! :) I've done a pic tutorial on my pedal blog if you're interested;

http://diy-guitar-effects.tumblr.com/etching (http://diy-guitar-effects.tumblr.com/etching)

At the very real risk of repeating myself: nice nice nice!
Title: HELP ME!!!!!!!!! :)
Post by: jwar on October 09, 2013, 06:08:05 PM
No but really. Ever since someone on here suggested Dollar Tree Premium Photo paper, I've been using it. Apparently Dollar Tree has discontinued this item!!! Now I don't know what to do. I've tried like 6-7 different types of papers before finding this one and nothing had worked as well. I need a paper that will leave the transfer on nice, thick and dark. I'm trying a Polaroid brand right now, and it sucks. Press and Peel SUCKS. The stuff from Office Depot SUCKS! AHHHHH!

What to do!!! Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!
Title: Re:
Post by: ch1naski on October 09, 2013, 08:12:39 PM
Hexjibber swears by that Polaroid photo paper..hmm
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: jwar on October 09, 2013, 08:35:51 PM
I tried it and it just does not leave the toner on thick enough. So annoying. With the stuff I was using, I never even had to sand my enclosures. It did a transfer that well. Sucks ass. I really wish I could find a way to buy a bunch of it.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: garcho on October 10, 2013, 12:04:41 AM
Quote
I never even had to sand my enclosures.

Wow, really? Got any pics? That sounds too good to be true!  ;D  I truly hope you find something because I hate sanding, I hate metal dust, and I hate having my hands constantly wet. I have a bunch of PnP left but I'd love to ditch it for something cheaper or better.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: glops on October 10, 2013, 12:18:40 AM
I believe jwar's no sanding talk. That paper leaves a really thick transfer that peels right off. I etch the back plates of my boxes now and I am more lazy sanding the backs. But the transfers were just as good as the top of the enclosure that I sand a lot to get flat. That dollar tree paper is amazing.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on October 10, 2013, 05:01:49 AM
I tried it and it just does not leave the toner on thick enough. So annoying. With the stuff I was using, I never even had to sand my enclosures. It did a transfer that well. Sucks ass. I really wish I could find a way to buy a bunch of it.

Wow, no sanding would be awesome, sign me up for that any day! I still stand by the Polaroid paper after a 400 grit sand though, pain in the arse but good results for me :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on October 10, 2013, 05:32:40 AM
no sanding....come on guys, you lazy sods.. ;D

i used to spray cars for a living so i'm quite used to a bit of sanding and graft.. ;)

and have one big arm... ;D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Perrow on October 10, 2013, 06:06:44 AM
and have one big arm... ;D

If I don't make any jokes about this can I leave the coat where it is?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on October 10, 2013, 06:15:18 AM
how did i know you would jump on that... ;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: garcho on October 10, 2013, 12:53:43 PM
When I see a picture of a great looking etch that wasn't sanded, I'll believe it. Until then...

...if any of glops gorgeous enclosures were not sanded, I'm sold!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: jwar on October 10, 2013, 09:30:30 PM
How's this? Just a few that I've done. NO SANDING.


(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g20/ahartley/photo-2_zps2baaaea8.jpg)

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g20/ahartley/8D73925A-E398-4D94-A46F-0996AE8B4292-6327-000002EB69359ADC_zpsecb96395.jpg)


(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g20/ahartley/IMG_0546_zpse099783f.jpg)

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g20/ahartley/E50F4483-0495-49BE-AA1A-7520A7F58812-3355-00000248250A7750_zpsed8bf5a8.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: garcho on October 11, 2013, 12:22:39 AM
They look great, the designs are fantastic. The graphics themselves are kinda grainy, part of what makes them look cool, and possibly part of why you don't need to sand, maybe? Look at these:

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/09/29/y3uhy7eh.jpg)

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/09/29/a3yhapar.jpg)

(http://25.media.tumblr.com/99d62d5fad6d5e85e8df30aa1dbaf4b7/tumblr_mpek4ntjTx1s7epwwo1_1280.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7464107/WP_20130929_003.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7464107/WP_20130821_003.jpg)

(http://24.media.tumblr.com/b3cc38c43f213013460461fcd28a51a9/tumblr_mq3mcq1RQf1s7epwwo1_500.jpg)

I'm not trying to start an etchant fight or say one pedal looks better than another, all I'm saying is that I like how clean these transfers are, and I know they sand their pedals in order to get it that clean, that's all. If you can get transfers that clean and exact without sanding, I'm happy to hear, it's time to start trying myself then. Nice looking stuff jwar, cheers!

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Trippy Demon on October 11, 2013, 06:14:44 AM
Got myself a cheap laserprinter and did my first test with ironing and peeling the paper, more difficult than I had imagined, and due to a bit too much roughness in the paper peeling lost some parts of the design.

Also left to much paper residu on, I thought it would etch away through, but alas it didn't.

For the final box I'll hae to try to be even more meticulous than I thought I already was  ::)

(http://i1327.photobucket.com/albums/u676/ZvZwendel/Photobucket%20Desktop%20-%20iMac-24/Newtone/test-ets_zpsc3a6665e.jpg)(http://i1327.photobucket.com/albums/u676/ZvZwendel/Photobucket%20Desktop%20-%20iMac-24/Newtone/Ampeg-Sub-Blaster-Box-DEF_zpsbfd4378b.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on October 11, 2013, 10:57:22 AM
(http://i1327.photobucket.com/albums/u676/ZvZwendel/Photobucket%20Desktop%20-%20iMac-24/Newtone/test-ets_zpsc3a6665e.jpg)

Sweet design man, that's cool! Etch has come out pretty well considering you said you had trouble, looks to me like it perhaps could have done with more time in the etchant though. what do you reckon?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Trippy Demon on October 12, 2013, 05:26:47 AM
Yeah, should definitely get more time in the etchant, but this test was more to see how fine the detail was going to be and whether the left paper would interfere with the etch, as it definitely does
Am busy with the actual box now, but I found the rubbing off of the paper again a tiring task... :P

What brands of paper, or thickness or glossyness are you guys here using?

I've got 200 grams HP glossy photopaper, but it's not as glossy as my inkjet glossy paper, and the fine detail of the print get's lost in rubbing of the last residu of paper... :icon_sad:

Here's the box top as it is now ready to etch, the white lines you see are actually aluminium that I scratched clean of paper

(http://i1327.photobucket.com/albums/u676/ZvZwendel/Photobucket%20Desktop%20-%20iMac-24/Newtone/box-ets-01_zpsa7d29c76.png)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Trippy Demon on October 15, 2013, 06:28:27 AM
And the finished product

(http://i1327.photobucket.com/albums/u676/ZvZwendel/Photobucket%20Desktop%20-%20iMac-24/Newtone/ASB-DD-box-1_zps486a81ac.jpg)(http://i1327.photobucket.com/albums/u676/ZvZwendel/Photobucket%20Desktop%20-%20iMac-24/Newtone/ASB-DD-box-2_zps310cc2ff.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on October 17, 2013, 05:02:43 AM
What brands of paper, or thickness or glossyness are you guys here using?

I use this stuff - http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0046Z1658 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0046Z1658) 180gsm, pretty glossy. I don't have to do any scraping, just wait for the box to cool after ironing and peel off, it does leave a thin whitish residue layer over the toner but you can still apply the etchant directly to it and works fine. After the etching is done I use acetone to remove the mask.

That pedal came out good man, are you gonna do more etching do you think?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: therealfindo on October 18, 2013, 10:21:53 AM
Tried my first etch today... turned out ok (if not entirely square!):

(http://distilleryimage10.ak.instagram.com/ce95f77437fe11e3a73722000a1f9317_8.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: musiclikscreams on October 18, 2013, 01:33:14 PM
Tried my first etch today... turned out ok (if not entirely square!):

(http://distilleryimage10.ak.instagram.com/ce95f77437fe11e3a73722000a1f9317_8.jpg)

Thats really cool!  that graphic looks so pro.  props man
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Trippy Demon on October 19, 2013, 06:17:10 AM
What brands of paper, or thickness or glossyness are you guys here using?

I use this stuff - http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0046Z1658 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0046Z1658) 180gsm, pretty glossy. I don't have to do any scraping, just wait for the box to cool after ironing and peel off, it does leave a thin whitish residue layer over the toner but you can still apply the etchant directly to it and works fine. After the etching is done I use acetone to remove the mask.

That pedal came out good man, are you gonna do more etching do you think?

Ordered a pack of this Polaroid from the UK, got it yesterday, etched a test today, but was a little foolish to cool the aluminium down with water, made the paper come of a tad more difficult because it fell apart and fibers stuck some more but nonetheless a much tighter etch result, 10 min. in FerroChloride, not very deep, but no pitting so it should be able to resist for more time in the FC...

The bottom part has more rough edges because I rubbed the paper off with my fingers and not that softly so the toner got more damaged edges

For the top half I let the paper dry up a bit more and rubbed it off a bit more gently

(http://i1327.photobucket.com/albums/u676/ZvZwendel/Photobucket%20Desktop%20-%20iMac-24/Newtone/new_etch_zps8aa4d471.png)

All in all a much better result than with the HP paper although the Polaroid paper has to be pulled through the laserprinter for it not to stick to the heating roll, so I stuck a sheet to the bottom half of a regular A4 sheet to have the top half to pull the rest of the sheet through when the photo paper reaches the heating roll...
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on October 21, 2013, 04:28:47 AM
(http://i1327.photobucket.com/albums/u676/ZvZwendel/Photobucket%20Desktop%20-%20iMac-24/Newtone/new_etch_zps8aa4d471.png)

Nice man, that does look cleaner, perhaps be patient and wait for the box to cool next time! ;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on October 21, 2013, 04:34:13 AM
love the little sputnik.....beep...............beep..............beep........ 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: therealfindo on October 24, 2013, 05:56:52 AM
Etched this for an IC BUffer for a friend, with nice translucent blue paint..

(http://distilleryimage7.ak.instagram.com/0e8c764a3c9211e3956c22000aa802b4_8.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: TG Flatline on October 24, 2013, 06:01:33 AM
Etched this for an IC BUffer for a friend, with nice translucent blue paint..

(http://distilleryimage7.ak.instagram.com/0e8c764a3c9211e3956c22000aa802b4_8.jpg)

Very cool indeed!!!

Taxi? Outside? For me? Oh...
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on October 24, 2013, 06:03:15 AM
Etched this for an IC BUffer for a friend, with nice translucent blue paint..

Sweet man, looks great! I'm still on the quest for the right translucent paint, which type did you use?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on October 24, 2013, 06:07:48 AM
^ came out great..love the simplicity of it too.  8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: therealfindo on October 24, 2013, 06:18:54 AM
Etched this for an IC BUffer for a friend, with nice translucent blue paint..

Sweet man, looks great! I'm still on the quest for the right translucent paint, which type did you use?

I'm using Molotow cans http://www.molotow.com/products/artist-line/premium-products/premium-400ml-transparent/ (http://www.molotow.com/products/artist-line/premium-products/premium-400ml-transparent/) - I use their solid colours too (http://www.molotow.com/products/artist-line/premium-products/molotow-premium-400ml/ (http://www.molotow.com/products/artist-line/premium-products/molotow-premium-400ml/) ). They're cheap, <4€ per can), dry fast and are really easy to get a smooth coating on. The translucent ones really come alive with a few layers of clear gloss over the top. The only downside is that it chips easier than powdercoating..
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: TG Flatline on October 24, 2013, 09:43:40 AM
Etched this for an IC BUffer for a friend, with nice translucent blue paint..

Sweet man, looks great! I'm still on the quest for the right translucent paint, which type did you use?

I'm using Molotow cans http://www.molotow.com/products/artist-line/premium-products/premium-400ml-transparent/ (http://www.molotow.com/products/artist-line/premium-products/premium-400ml-transparent/) - I use their solid colours too (http://www.molotow.com/products/artist-line/premium-products/molotow-premium-400ml/ (http://www.molotow.com/products/artist-line/premium-products/molotow-premium-400ml/) ). They're cheap, <4€ per can), dry fast and are really easy to get a smooth coating on. The translucent ones really come alive with a few layers of clear gloss over the top. The only downside is that it chips easier than powdercoating..

Cheers for the link, I've not come across these but really fancy giving them a try!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on October 25, 2013, 04:47:08 AM
Wampler Euphoria W.I.P.

(http://25.media.tumblr.com/26a1993f3477cabc0d31ad703afe4736/tumblr_mv7uy8QMLD1s7epwwo1_500.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on October 25, 2013, 04:53:06 AM
^excellent...cool design. 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on October 25, 2013, 04:55:54 AM
^excellent...cool design. 8)

Cheers Rob! :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: TG Flatline on October 25, 2013, 05:52:08 AM
^excellent...cool design. 8)

+1!! That's a beauty :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on October 25, 2013, 05:58:00 AM
+1!! That's a beauty :)

Cheers Tom! :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Trippy Demon on October 25, 2013, 06:17:24 AM
Beautiful!, how deep do you make your etches? I mean off course can you show the edges from close-up?

I want my etches deeper than I can get them without losing sharpness, maybe I'll try your caustic soda etching next time...
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on October 25, 2013, 06:33:58 AM
Beautiful!, how deep do you make your etches? I mean off course can you show the edges from close-up?

I want my etches deeper than I can get them without losing sharpness, maybe I'll try your caustic soda etching next time...

Thanks man! :) Next time I do an etch I will take a photo before I apply the paint to show how deep it is, it's approx 1mm deep at a guess. For this one I had the enclosure in 50% Caustic Soda solution for no more than 10 mins. Normally I add the solution with a pipette but for this one I submerged it and the overall etching time was much shorter so will probably do this from now on. I've found in general Caustic Soda works faster than Ferric so there is less time for the mask to be eaten away which results in a sharper etch.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: hylandren on October 25, 2013, 02:00:20 PM
I've found in general Caustic Soda works faster than Ferric so there is less time for the mask to be eaten away which results in a sharper etch.

Okay, THAT has been my issue on my enclosure etches: Depth vs edge sharpness.
I am about to etch some enclosures, and want to give the caustic soda technique a try. Is there something else you mix it with? If so, can you share the mixure ratios please? I would appreciate it.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: pickdropper on October 27, 2013, 12:40:52 AM
Wampler Euphoria W.I.P.

(http://25.media.tumblr.com/26a1993f3477cabc0d31ad703afe4736/tumblr_mv7uy8QMLD1s7epwwo1_500.jpg)

Jeez, that turned out great.  Tip of the hat on that one.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: noobamp on October 27, 2013, 01:27:43 AM
First Etch.....Its a Kanji Eternity Burst in a 1590A....50g of Lye in 100g of H2O for about 15 minutes....and a ton of sanding....Maybe I went  a little too overboard on the pattern!

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/39162371/IMG540.jpg)(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/39162371/IMG549.jpg)

And of course,  gutshot

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/39162371/IMG539.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on October 27, 2013, 04:55:31 AM
Is there something else you mix it with? If so, can you share the mixure ratios please? I would appreciate it.

Yes, it's just mixed with water, I do an approx 50% solution, so 100ml of water and 50g of Caustic Soda. Be sure to only add Caustic to water and not the other way round, you get a more violent reaction otherwise. It will heat up when you mix the two together so be sure to do it in a sturdy plastic container and wear thick rubber gloves!

Hope that helps!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: therealfindo on October 27, 2013, 12:53:10 PM
Wampler Euphoria W.I.P.

(http://25.media.tumblr.com/26a1993f3477cabc0d31ad703afe4736/tumblr_mv7uy8QMLD1s7epwwo1_500.jpg)

wow, nice work!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: noobamp on October 27, 2013, 01:22:33 PM
to hexjibber:

Awesome job on that last box....super clean lines....

now, I also did the 50g naoh to 100g water ratio, but i still didn't get a really "strong/fast" reaction...it took~15 minutes to get the etch to deepen even a little (<1mm), and some of my lines came out really rough.  how do you keep the etchant from creeping into the lines?  Is there anything else you do during the etch to keep the lines really clean/tight?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on October 28, 2013, 06:10:42 AM
Jeez, that turned out great.  Tip of the hat on that one.

wow, nice work!

Awesome job on that last box....super clean lines....

now, I also did the 50g naoh to 100g water ratio, but i still didn't get a really "strong/fast" reaction...it took~15 minutes to get the etch to deepen even a little (<1mm), and some of my lines came out really rough.  how do you keep the etchant from creeping into the lines?  Is there anything else you do during the etch to keep the lines really clean/tight?

Thanks guys :)

With that last etch I dipped the box face down in the NaOH for about 4-5 mins, then took it out, rinsed with water and cleaned the etched parts with a paper towel to get out the 'gunk', I did this three times in total so max of 15 mins.

Also when the enclosure is in the acid I keep moving it around to agitate it, I find this is important.

I think another important factor is the graphic format of the design, I use Adobe Illustrator so all my designs are vector based which in general gives sharper lines than using things like bitmaps/rasterised graphics.

I hope that helps, let us know how you get on! :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Trippy Demon on October 28, 2013, 06:14:55 AM
Thanx for all the tips Graham, I will try them out on my next etch!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: hylandren on October 29, 2013, 08:49:33 AM
Yes, it's just mixed with water, I do an approx 50% solution, so 100ml of water and 50g of Caustic Soda. Be sure to only add Caustic to water and not the other way round, you get a more violent reaction otherwise. It will heat up when you mix the two together so be sure to do it in a sturdy plastic container and wear thick rubber gloves!

To reinforce and strengthen the resist mask, I use a lot of nail enamel. Is this caustic soda mix compatible with it?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on October 29, 2013, 08:57:42 AM
To reinforce and strengthen the resist mask, I use a lot of nail enamel. Is this caustic soda mix compatible with it?

Alas no unfortunately, the NaOH will eat straight through it, or at least it did when I tried it.
Title: Re: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on October 29, 2013, 02:08:35 PM
To reinforce and strengthen the resist mask, I use a lot of nail enamel. Is this caustic soda mix compatible with it?

Alas no unfortunately, the NaOH will eat straight through it, or at least it did when I tried it.
so, what is good besides toner for naoh? I've used industrial sharpies for ferric.....
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jdansti on October 29, 2013, 04:04:41 PM
Here's a quick and dirty way to take the plain sharpie a step further. I've started doing this on pedals for my own use when I don't care to do any fancy artwork. I found a micro engraver at Harbor Freight for about $8, and it uses two AA batteries.  I engrave the lettering and the  fill it in with a sharpie. It's no where as nice as the etches on this thread, but it serves a purpose if you just want to slap some labels on a box.

(http://i1160.photobucket.com/albums/q485/jdansti/7D4EB060-CB22-47FE-85BD-83A146BD700F-4775-0000025B31D76E10_zpsd4252b50.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: hylandren on October 29, 2013, 07:34:53 PM
Alas no unfortunately, the NaOH will eat straight through it, or at least it did when I tried it.

Yeah, that what I was afraid of. Thanks nonetheless for a speedy and informed reply.
I guess (for now) I will stick with ferric Chloride.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on October 29, 2013, 09:23:03 PM
@john:

if you have a laser toner printer just iron on the toner, without all the etching/chemicals faff....toner is pretty hardy stuff..

this was just toner ironed on...no etch, peel off while still just warm...comes off cleanly.. 8)
(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7464107/WP_20130929_005.jpg)
Title: Re: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on October 29, 2013, 09:54:22 PM
@john:

if you have a laser toner printer just iron on the toner, without all the etching/chemicals faff....toner is pretty hardy stuff..

this was just toner ironed on...no etch, peel off while still just warm...comes off cleanly.. 8)
(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7464107/WP_20130929_005.jpg)
astro, what paper did you use that came off so cleanly?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jdansti on October 29, 2013, 09:56:20 PM
Great point Rob!  I can definitely iron better than I can engrave! Mrs. Danna has trained me well. ;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on October 29, 2013, 09:59:42 PM
^ me too ;D. i have my own iron now ::)

i used tesco's photo glossy 150 gsm..

i used the same 'just toner' no etch on this too...but i clearcoated this as well..

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7464107/P080513_00.33.jpg)
Title: Re:
Post by: ch1naski on October 29, 2013, 11:00:48 PM
Tesco, huh.... Must be a British thing ;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: bluebunny on October 30, 2013, 04:36:32 AM
Welcome to DIYironing.com.  I think I see a "Pictures (irons)" thread appearing anytime now...   :D

(OK, I admit it - I also do all my own ironing...)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: therealfindo on October 30, 2013, 06:10:35 AM
^ me too ;D. i have my own iron now ::)


Do you have a schemo and build report for it?  :icon_razz:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: tubegeek on October 30, 2013, 09:39:10 AM
Preliminary info for another iron report: I pulled an iron from the trash a few weeks ago. I have been using it for pedal purposes ever since, and it's a good thing because this way I don't get toner and other gook on my wife's iron.

I guess I could post a photo of mine, too.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: bluebunny on October 30, 2013, 09:49:52 AM
OK, here goes - iron pr0n:

(http://brain.pan.e-merchant.com/6/0/03915006/l_03915006.jpg) (http://www.morphyrichards.co.uk/Images/Products/Default/xlarge/HR40756.jpg) (http://vegannaturopath.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/iron.jpg) (http://www.ukkaya.co.uk/images/Steam-Iron-RYD3628-.jpg) (http://www.breville.co.uk/media/catalog/product/cache/2/image/500x500/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/b/r/breville_technique_digital_2400w_steam_iron_vin274_2_.jpg)

And apologies in advance -- NSFW:

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9f/Electric_steam_iron.jpg)   ...this one's erect.   :icon_rolleyes:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on October 30, 2013, 10:01:19 AM
mine is like the blue one 4th from left.. my missus got sick of me nicking her iron, so she bought a fancy one for erm...ironing.

and gave me the ld one..now i can goo it up and not worry  ;D

the one on the right is just too custom looking for its purpose. ::)

talking of household crap, i 'm currently reparing my b..... hoover.. :(
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: bluebunny on October 30, 2013, 10:05:20 AM
We'll be swapping knitting patterns next...   ;D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: amptramp on October 30, 2013, 10:20:27 AM
Then you fill the water tank in the iron with etchant and after the toner is on good and solid, hit steam and get an instant etch.  :icon_twisted:  It would not be a good idea to fill your wife's iron with ferric chloride, so get your own.

Hey, somebody was going to come up with that idea eventually!  :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: bluebunny on October 30, 2013, 10:35:20 AM
Great idea, Ron!   :D   This is veering seriously off-topic, but it's very entertaining!    ;D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Govmnt_Lacky on October 30, 2013, 10:58:24 AM
Then you fill the water tank in the iron with etchant and after the toner is on good and solid, hit steam and get an instant etch.  :icon_twisted:  It would not be a good idea to fill your wife's iron with ferric chloride, so get your own.

Hey, somebody was going to come up with that idea eventually!  :icon_mrgreen:

Make sure you are properly attired before attempting this!  ;D

(https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcT-tIfcVWTfJzTnqloi9U1jIxSHSHtC4Acrh4jotkDgjupvrnv3)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Perrow on October 30, 2013, 12:13:24 PM
Now I know who amptramp is...

(http://i1137.photobucket.com/albums/n509/Shankbot12/Baldrick.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Maik on October 31, 2013, 10:10:42 AM
my last one, just a quick thing...
http://img69.imageshack.us/img69/2649/y9nm.jpg

(http://img69.imageshack.us/img69/2649/y9nm.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/69/y9nm.jpg/)

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Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: bluebunny on October 31, 2013, 12:21:14 PM
Nice.

And BIG!   :D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: bluebunny on October 31, 2013, 12:24:13 PM
Actually, looking at those HYUUUGE aloominum knobs, does anyone ever etch their knobs?  E.g. a big fat "V", or whole words, or whatever...

[Prize for the first one to come back with a smutty answer...]
Title: Re:
Post by: ch1naski on October 31, 2013, 01:52:18 PM
I've etched the word "cash" on my knobs, so when my girl wants to blow my money, she knows where to go.


Where's my prize? ;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: bluebunny on October 31, 2013, 02:11:19 PM
(http://www.comfortablyhungry.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Sausage-on-a-Fork-300x271.jpg)   :icon_biggrin:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: moosapotamus on October 31, 2013, 03:46:54 PM
Welcome to DIYironing.com.  I think I see a "Pictures (irons)" thread appearing anytime now...   :D

How 'bout a quick video? :icon_mrgreen:

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: moosapotamus on October 31, 2013, 03:51:27 PM
Seriously, tho... I ran across this page the other day...

The Saline Sulfate Etch
http://www.nontoxicprint.com/etchzincsteelaluminum.htm

... and, it looks like it might be a good alternative to using ferric chloride to etch aluminum.

~ Charlie
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on November 01, 2013, 05:19:27 AM
Seriously, tho... I ran across this page the other day...

The Saline Sulfate Etch
http://www.nontoxicprint.com/etchzincsteelaluminum.htm

... and, it looks like it might be a good alternative to using ferric chloride to etch aluminum.

~ Charlie

Thanks for the link man, just read through that and sounds good, will experiment soon and post the results!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on November 03, 2013, 05:31:17 AM
Wampler Euphoria/Ecstasy finished, great overdrive!

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/11/03/ytupy7en.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: noobamp on November 03, 2013, 05:45:38 PM


I think another important factor is the graphic format of the design, I use Adobe Illustrator so all my designs are vector based which in general gives sharper lines than using things like bitmaps/rasterised graphics.



 I'm such a putz....I used ms paint like we were still in '30's or something.....

Awesome job on that last box btw....
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: TG Flatline on November 04, 2013, 04:39:51 AM
Wampler Euphoria/Ecstasy finished, great overdrive!

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/11/03/ytupy7en.jpg)

That be mega!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on November 04, 2013, 05:24:18 AM
^ yeah that came out nice man, .. 8)

what are you using to screw the pedal to your board ?.. picture frame brackets?.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jdansti on November 04, 2013, 10:48:27 AM
My guess is its a lug that would normally be used for attaching a wire to a screw.  One hole is attached to the pedal's screw and the other to the board. Great idea!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on November 05, 2013, 03:19:30 AM
Cheers guys, I'm really pleased with the end result :)

The pedal fasteners are just bike chain links, cheap and easy! I'm not a fan of velcro so wanted something a bit more solid, works well! :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: TG Flatline on November 05, 2013, 04:19:03 AM
The pedal fasteners are just bike chain links, cheap and easy! I'm not a fan of velcro so wanted something a bit more solid, works well! :)

Aye those do a good job! I used to use either this method or cable ties until I was happy with the setup and then get a new piece of plywood and bolt the pedals straight to it. I hate velcro!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: gjcamann on November 05, 2013, 07:55:19 AM
Does anyone have any tips on efficiently sanding down enclosures to prep for etching. I tried it by hand, but it really aggravated the C.T. (typing all day, playing guitar all evening and sanding for hours don't mix)
I've got an old palm sander but it's trying to round off the corners and isn't sanding the center of the surface - maybe I just need a new one without a wornout pad.
Or do you think an orbital sander would work better?
(http://www.harborfreight.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/i/m/image_22577.jpg)
Or a detail sander?
(http://www.harborfreight.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/i/m/image_19675.jpg)
Or would something like a buffer/polisher work? (with the sanding attachements of course)
(http://www.harborfreight.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/i/m/image_23212.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on November 05, 2013, 07:58:31 AM
if you want the brushed ally look, then sand with a block in one direction back n forth..

orbital sanders will go in circles giving an interesting, but not brushed look..

or try a belt sander.. :icon_idea:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: therealfindo on November 05, 2013, 08:32:44 AM
A powersander tool seems like overkill - it shouldn't need a great deal of elbow grease.. I usually give it a once over with 800 and then with 1200 or 2000(depends what I've got lying around..
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: davent on November 05, 2013, 09:26:45 AM
You might find it easier to attach a sheet of sandpaper to a perfectly flat, hard, fixed surface and then take the enclosure to the sandpaper rather then fixing the enclosure and taking the sandpaper to it.

For a belt sander clamp it in a vice and take the enclosure to it making sure you're sanding over the flat platten.

Before you start sanding scribble some marker over the enclosure face to be sanded so as you sand you can easily track your flattening progress.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: gjcamann on November 05, 2013, 10:39:55 AM
Thanks for the replies.

I need to get all the pits out before I etch, right?

Also, because i'm lazy, do I need to goto 800 to get a good etch? Or will 400 be good enough?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on November 05, 2013, 10:47:28 AM
I need to get all the pits out before I etch, right?

Also, because i'm lazy, do I need to goto 800 to get a good etch? Or will 400 be good enough?

You definitely want to get all the pits out, try and get it as uniform as possible.

I only ever use 400 grit, used to go higher but on the Eddystone line of Hammond boxes I've found it's not necessary.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: amptramp on November 05, 2013, 10:51:02 AM
if you want the brushed ally look, then sand with a block in one direction back n forth..

orbital sanders will go in circles giving an interesting, but not brushed look..

or try a belt sander.. :icon_idea:

You might want something like this:

(http://hi.atgimg.com/img/p400/13286/000999420001.jpg)

I picked one up at a garage sale for $30 a few months ago.  You have your choice of straight lines or circular swirls.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: tubegeek on November 05, 2013, 11:46:57 AM
You might find it easier to attach a sheet of sandpaper to a perfectly flat, hard, fixed surface and then take the enclosure to the sandpaper rather then fixing the enclosure and taking the sandpaper to it.

+1 on this, it's a much easier way to go and reduces the tendency to round over the corners quite a lot.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: garcho on November 05, 2013, 06:19:29 PM
aluminum dust is somewhat toxic and can be explosive, just sayin'...
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: electrosonic on November 05, 2013, 07:29:57 PM
another reason to wet sand - it keeps the dust to a minimum,

Andrew.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: noobamp on November 06, 2013, 12:37:41 AM
(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/39162371/IMG572.jpg)

I have to be more patient with the ironing....there are a ton of avoidable imperfections here but i cant bring myself to trash it......I think that's the kind of knobs imma use for it...A buck goes to the first person who identifies the young lady there....
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: therealfindo on November 06, 2013, 02:07:40 AM
aluminum dust is somewhat toxic and can be explosive, just sayin'...

oh!   :icon_eek:
well... I'm not dead yet...  ;D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: garcho on November 06, 2013, 11:12:29 AM
Quote
well... I'm not dead yet...

famous last words! right up there with, "watch me do this!"
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: poppyman on November 06, 2013, 12:19:05 PM
Hey,
I didn't post new stuff for a while maybe because the last dozen of pages are absolutely amazing! :O

here are my last etched builds:

(http://hostmypicture.com/images/p1.jpg)

s.h.o. on vero

(http://hostmypicture.com/images/p2.jpg)

Fuzz face + lpb1

(http://hostmypicture.com/images/p3.jpg)

Bazzfuss on vero

(http://hostmypicture.com/images/p4.jpg)

Madbean Tube sound fuzz

(http://hostmypicture.com/images/p5.jpg)

Madbean OCD

All sound really great.


Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on November 06, 2013, 12:27:22 PM
^ cool, love the style..

i'l ask, the bolt...drilled and plastic behind with led?..looks great.

love the robot too. 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: poppyman on November 06, 2013, 12:32:33 PM
Yep! After a really bad bad drilling mistake, I tried to "save the box" with this. It just a piece of plastic that I blurred and I put the LED inside. it works pretty well.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on November 06, 2013, 01:03:51 PM
cool save.. 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: davent on November 06, 2013, 01:53:07 PM
Great collection Poppyman and the Bolt Volt looks like it turned out exactly as planned, perfect!

dave
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: therealfindo on November 06, 2013, 03:45:08 PM
awesome builds!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: moosapotamus on November 06, 2013, 06:16:35 PM
Awesome stuff, poppyman!
The Bolt Fuzz is my fave. 8)

~ Charlie
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on November 07, 2013, 04:35:19 AM
Sweet builds Poppyman! I really like the Bolt Fuzz and OCD ones especially, they look great! :D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on November 07, 2013, 04:39:42 AM
Here's my latest one, reverse etched and buffed to a shine with a brillo pad! Done lots of intricate artsy fartsy stuff recently so for this I went simple and big! Can you tell what it is yet?? ;)

(http://24.media.tumblr.com/f00625cb3724bf2baae3bef9210c3b61/tumblr_mvvzvb5xwM1s7epwwo1_500.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: GGBB on November 07, 2013, 08:07:32 AM
^ Nice!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: TG Flatline on November 07, 2013, 09:21:00 AM
Bolt Fuzz and Super Fuzz are ace lads, just ace. Totally love the save for the Bolt Fuzz, looks great!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: poppyman on November 08, 2013, 11:22:29 AM
Thanks guys :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on November 12, 2013, 04:24:28 AM
Finished my Super Fuzz build, love the sound this thing puts out! Posted this in the main pics thread but think I should post here too, I feel like I have divided loyalties! ;)

(http://31.media.tumblr.com/44f9ce6c85562e098b26be78bedc6d7f/tumblr_mw4997CftI1s7epwwo1_500.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on November 12, 2013, 04:25:58 AM
^ sweet... 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on November 12, 2013, 04:28:42 AM
^ sweet... 8)

Cheers Rob! :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: add4 on November 12, 2013, 05:05:37 AM
(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/39162371/IMG572.jpg)

I have to be more patient with the ironing....there are a ton of avoidable imperfections here but i cant bring myself to trash it......I think that's the kind of knobs imma use for it...A buck goes to the first person who identifies the young lady there....


Lena: wall Known picture in the image processing community.  It's also an old playmate :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Maik on November 12, 2013, 06:57:52 AM
belt sander!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: TG Flatline on November 12, 2013, 07:04:06 AM
Finished my Super Fuzz build, love the sound this thing puts out! Posted this in the main pics thread but think I should post here too, I feel like I have divided loyalties! ;)

(http://31.media.tumblr.com/44f9ce6c85562e098b26be78bedc6d7f/tumblr_mw4997CftI1s7epwwo1_500.jpg)

Absolutely love this. Really like the idea of an unpainted reverse etch. My hat is very much doffed to you matey :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on November 12, 2013, 07:08:28 AM
Absolutely love this. Really like the idea of an unpainted reverse etch. My hat is very much doffed to you matey :)

Nice one Tom, cheers! It was a bit of a happy accident after I went at it with a brillo pad, was intending to paint the recessed bits but thought it looked cool au naturel so just whacked on some clear coat and left it at that :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: noobamp on November 12, 2013, 09:38:39 AM
Lena: wall Known picture in the image processing community.  It's also an old playmate :)

Ha! well played.....your buck is in the mail...
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Flaconsius on November 16, 2013, 11:17:18 PM
Well, another BB Preamp with Clipping Options comes to Life.
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/616504_10201710295832129_2066057685_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: therealfindo on November 19, 2013, 03:12:05 AM
I over cooked the etch this time, but still looks ok from stomping height  ;D

(http://distilleryimage9.ak.instagram.com/fe531b5c509711e3ae4e0e5031106dcd_8.jpg)

Sprayed it creme and then filled in the etch with a fine-point molotov pen, and carefully sanded away any edge-spills..
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on November 19, 2013, 04:14:07 AM
(http://distilleryimage9.ak.instagram.com/fe531b5c509711e3ae4e0e5031106dcd_8.jpg)

Cool looking end result man, must have been fiddly to do though! Don't think I have the patience! ;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on November 19, 2013, 05:00:27 AM
^ cool, does it come with chips?. :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: therealfindo on November 19, 2013, 05:19:01 AM
^ cool, does it come with chips?. :)

Just one... a TL072, no vinegar :P
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: smurfedelic smurfberry on November 19, 2013, 10:45:17 AM
I over cooked the etch this time, but still looks ok from stomping height  ;D

(http://distilleryimage9.ak.instagram.com/fe531b5c509711e3ae4e0e5031106dcd_8.jpg)

Sprayed it creme and then filled in the etch with a fine-point molotov pen, and carefully sanded away any edge-spills..

Ahhhhh, clever guy. I'm gonna put my posca pens to use. A decent layer of clear coat and it's gonna be a pretty good result.

How's those pens compared to Posca? If you've tried both...


Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: therealfindo on November 19, 2013, 11:03:08 AM

How's those pens compared to Posca? If you've tried both...




I haven't tried them sorry. I noticed that in the big areas it can crackle a little as it dries out, if I did it again I'd keep the etches fairly narrow, but not too narrow, and use a san-serif font ;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: smurfedelic smurfberry on November 19, 2013, 12:48:21 PM

How's those pens compared to Posca? If you've tried both...




I haven't tried them sorry. I noticed that in the big areas it can crackle a little as it dries out, if I did it again I'd keep the etches fairly narrow, but not too narrow, and use a san-serif font ;)

I looked it up, both are water-based acrylic ink, I haven't done anything therribly impressive, as in drawn anything approaching Zvex style enclosures or such,
http://mydiypedals.tumblr.com/post/64973214112/had-to-make-zvex-sho-i-made-look-a-bit-less-boring is an example with just one color. It definitely can crack up,
but clear coated it stays atleast.

Now I'm like, "Must....Make...Enclosure"; haven't had a good idea for one for a while.

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: garcho on November 19, 2013, 01:07:55 PM
Serif fonts are hard! I do the same thing with extra fine and fine Sharpie oil markers. The surface tension of oil paint makes it easier; less flows over the edge. Like when you pour beer into a glass to the point where the head foams over the rim but doesn't spill.

Looks good Smurfski!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jdansti on November 19, 2013, 04:13:38 PM
Very meaty, therealfindo!  ;)
Title: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on November 19, 2013, 10:22:03 PM
Madbean Kraken (mutron micro V variant). Added a 500k (was originally 100k) pot to extend the decay range. Second attempt at using NaOH. (http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/11/20/4ytevyny.jpg)(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/11/20/6eqasyty.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: pickdropper on November 19, 2013, 11:56:32 PM
I really like that etch.

How do you like the Kraken?  I haven't built that one, but I think I might have to.
Title: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on November 20, 2013, 05:56:37 AM
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/11/20/4ytevyny.jpg)

Really clean etch man, it looks great! Looks like you've got it sussed now, good stuff! :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: therealfindo on November 20, 2013, 06:31:08 AM
Very meaty, therealfindo!  ;)

hehe... it's a dual boost for my mate whose surname is Angus... so Angus Double Beef was the obvious name for it :D
Title: Re: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: ch1naski on November 20, 2013, 11:55:17 AM
I really like that etch.

How do you like the Kraken?  I haven't built that one, but I think I might have to.
thanks.
I like it a lot. It seems to have more character than the modern "auto-wah" circuits. Aside from not having a reversible sweep, it does everything a good envelope filter should.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on November 20, 2013, 12:51:20 PM
(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7464107/WP_20131119_002.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7464107/WP_20131119_004.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7464107/WP_20131119_003.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: garcho on November 20, 2013, 01:30:15 PM
^ Nice sanding!  ;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: therealfindo on November 20, 2013, 01:53:07 PM
(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7464107/WP_20131119_002.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7464107/WP_20131119_004.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7464107/WP_20131119_003.jpg)

very nice!!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: TG Flatline on November 21, 2013, 06:06:49 AM
Love that, Rob! Design and execution delightful :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on November 21, 2013, 07:04:18 AM
Super tidy work Rob! Etches don't come much cleaner than that man, nice one!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on November 21, 2013, 07:22:15 AM
cheers guys, yeah kept it simple.

my mate who does great drawings wants his artwork on one, which might be a bit challenging...see how that goes. :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: guitarmageddon on November 21, 2013, 10:00:31 PM
Nice etch chinaski!
...you too Rob. Is that a Belton circuit, what is it? **edit: found the project, thanks!

Here's a Madbean Nautilus (Mutron III) aka the "Surftron", another greyscale etch.

(http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l524/guitarmageddon9/SurftronIII.jpg)

(http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l524/guitarmageddon9/guts-18.jpg)

(http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l524/guitarmageddon9/deet-4.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Haddock on November 22, 2013, 01:06:15 AM
(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7464107/WP_20131119_002.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7464107/WP_20131119_004.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7464107/WP_20131119_003.jpg)

Hello,

the King of etch! Great!

Greetings
Urs
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on November 22, 2013, 04:18:19 AM
cheers URS..not a king , just lucky. ;)

@guitarmaggedon, very cool, i like how the surfers face looks..came out cool.

@chianski: nice , are those 3mm leds just poking through?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on November 27, 2013, 03:26:11 AM
Latest etch for a Suhr Riot clone

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/11/27/yjuge6yv.jpg)

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/11/27/e9esuher.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: TG Flatline on November 27, 2013, 04:47:16 AM
Graham that is mint!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on November 27, 2013, 05:10:57 AM
Graham that is mint!

Cheers Tom! Looking forward to getting this one finished! :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on November 27, 2013, 06:06:30 AM
Proper nice man... 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on November 27, 2013, 09:30:57 AM
Proper nice man... 8)

Cheers Rob! :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: jwar on November 27, 2013, 09:41:32 PM
So I've been thinking of going the non chemical (or less chemical) route with etching and buying and engraving or etching machine. I was wondering if anyone has purchased or uses one of these? I've seen some very good etches that look like they may have come from something like this. So I'm curious. I know it's a costly investment, but it's very much so worth it to me since I do etching as a side business (plus I can etch other things like rings, guns...etc if I get the right machine).

Any help would be appreciated. I'm basically just wanting to know what a good machine would be.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: guitarmageddon on November 27, 2013, 11:33:19 PM
A CNC router might work, I've seen kit ones under a grand.
I think you'll need quite a bit of green if you want a laser engraver like Pickdropper uses, but that won't etch metal.

...Speaking of green... :icon_mrgreen:

BYOC FA-1 clone.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/FA-1_zps1c36b49e.jpg)

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/guts_zpsfbc62464.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on November 28, 2013, 06:31:50 AM
^ cool, came out great, tidy build too. 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: haveyouseenhim on November 28, 2013, 07:04:44 AM
Why god   WHHYYYYY!

The controls turned out perfect, but the main graphic didn't transfer properly. I have tried several times to do a toner transfer etch and this is my best result so far.

(http://i1267.photobucket.com/albums/jj545/haveyouseenhim/DSC08806_zps2d317509.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on November 28, 2013, 07:23:14 AM
rough it up more...use a coarse grit paper man,...

what print paper are you using..?..

are you just going to leave it as a toner image on the box, or are you going to etch after?.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: haveyouseenhim on November 28, 2013, 08:18:32 AM
I'm using HP glossy photo paper.  The one pictured I used 1000 grit paper to wet sand it. I always thought the smoother the better. I just used 350 grit to wet sand and it is cooling as I type.

Yea, I planned to do a reverse etch. I would like the letters to be raised.

One question though... Can I use the muratic acid and hydrogen peroxide method? Or should I go pick up some lye? Otherwise my only other option is weak radioshack ferric chloride. The diamond plate etch I did recently took a good 45 minutes for a  <.5mm deep etch.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on November 28, 2013, 08:22:53 AM
45 mins... :icon_eek:

are you keeping the ferric warm?..if its cold it takes forever..

i would go a bit coarser with the wet n dry...180 grit , then when etched use a finer grit.

peel off your paper just when cooled down..still a little warm, should get a nice clean image/surface..

place you hot iron on, and let it all heat up...then rub over it with the iron.

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: haveyouseenhim on November 28, 2013, 08:32:12 AM
I'm going to loose my cool here. This time the paper stuck to the enclosure super bad. I got some of it off revealing a bad transfer. I'm loading up the deer slugs now

This enclosure seems to be impervious to any type of finishing techniques. The whole reason I want to etch it is I have painted it three times now with different colors and it keeps goofing up somehow.

It's really making me question my ability. I haven't had a top notch finish for a long time.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Govmnt_Lacky on November 28, 2013, 11:24:53 AM
@Mike

If you can get another transfer like the one pictured above... Why not fill in the "bad" areas with modeling paint or nail varnish? It should adhere to the surface well.

Just a thought..  ;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on November 28, 2013, 11:35:01 AM
I'm using HP glossy photo paper.  The one pictured I used 1000 grit paper to wet sand it. I always thought the smoother the better. I just used 350 grit to wet sand and it is cooling as I type.

Yea, I planned to do a reverse etch. I would like the letters to be raised.

One question though... Can I use the muratic acid and hydrogen peroxide method? Or should I go pick up some lye? Otherwise my only other option is weak radioshack ferric chloride. The diamond plate etch I did recently took a good 45 minutes for a  <.5mm deep etch.

I only ever sand with 400 before doing the transfer. I would always give a thumbs up for lye, has worked great for me!

Sorry to see you're having such a nightmare with it, I would presume it has to the paper perhaps? Have you been successful with it in the past?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: davent on November 28, 2013, 02:52:15 PM
Mike has the enclosure surface been sanded perfectly flat? It shows a surface that is well sanded but if it wasn't sanded with paper backed by a hard sanding block the top may be wavy/uneven and not allow good heat transfer from the iron.
dave
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: haveyouseenhim on November 28, 2013, 06:00:47 PM
Why not fill in the "bad" areas with modeling paint or nail varnish? It should adhere to the surface well.

There is too much bad area. I don't think it would turn out looking like I want.

I only ever sand with 400 before doing the transfer. I would always give a thumbs up for lye, has worked great for me!

Sorry to see you're having such a nightmare with it, I would presume it has to the paper perhaps? Have you been successful with it in the past?

I'll try some different paper. I think the HP that I used the second time was the worst issue I had. I had a hard time getting it off of the enclosure. I wasn't even trying to save the transfer. I was trying to get it off to try again and I HAD to sand the paper off  :icon_eek:

I'm actually using your tutorial. Good stuff.

Mike has the enclosure surface been sanded perfectly flat? It shows a surface that is well sanded but if it wasn't sanded with paper backed by a hard sanding block the top may be wavy/uneven and not allow good heat transfer from the iron.
dave

Yep. I wet sanded the enclosure on a slab of marble, so it is most definitely flat.   
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mustachio on November 28, 2013, 07:12:06 PM
Its the HP paper , I have the same stuff and it has issues. To much gloss that adheres to the toner and then to the enclosure surface and doesnt want to let go of the toner.

What happened to your magazine paper ?

I have gotten a few ok transfers with this paper you just have to hit it with less heat and start to lift while its still warm. I usually leave a tab on one side where I lift from that over hangs the enclosure. Ill start lifting and if I see some toner didn't stick down ill press it back down before its fully released from the box this way its still lined up right. Then ill hit it with the tip of the iron for a few minutes.

It's not you its the paper and the winter. Humidity and temps are bad all across the country for painting etc. So good luck!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on November 28, 2013, 07:28:14 PM
try rubbing the skins of 14 chipolata's on a ferral cat, then run around your living room whilst dressed up as a gherkin shouting '' umbongo  umbongo whoop whoop '

then after approx 178 hours and 7 minutes of doing this your chakra should be in the right allignment, and your mind in the correct mental state to approach your box...

first  wash your hands and feet in vegetable oil mixed with high grade plutonium and a cheesecake base

now stare at the box from a distance of 4.7 feet and quietly hum along to james last's version of silver machine...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gF2ODWluPlY

you are now ready to proceed...everything will now work perfectly. 8)


(disclaimer)  the cat may have no actual effect on the outcome. or the above procedures. :)



Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: haveyouseenhim on November 28, 2013, 07:53:32 PM
^ Holy crap!   That worked! What do I owe ya?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: haveyouseenhim on November 28, 2013, 10:27:42 PM
Well I tried magazine paper and it worked beautifully...................................BUT   IT    WAS   OFF    CENTER!!!!


One more try, and if I cant get it right I'm going to pepper it with bird shot.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Govmnt_Lacky on November 28, 2013, 10:50:12 PM
Well I tried magazine paper and it worked beautifully...................................BUT   IT    WAS   OFF    CENTER!!!!


One more try, and if I cant get it right I'm going to pepper it with bird shot.

Consider yourself LUCKY!!!

I have tried etching an enclosure several times with PnP, magazine, photo, etc....

NEVER got a good transfer AND my arms STILL hurt from sanding flat, cleaning, and pressing the iron!!!  :icon_evil:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: haveyouseenhim on November 29, 2013, 12:23:19 AM
I'm a lucky guy who just had a panic attack over this BS. I have tried 7 times in total to do a toner transfer on this ONE enclosure. And I have tried to paint it about 6 times with various methods. This enclosure is cursed!   

The stupidest panic attack in human history.  Oh well.....Klonapin, take me to that special place  8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: amptramp on November 29, 2013, 12:31:14 AM
I'm a lucky guy who just had a panic attack over this BS. I have tried 7 times in total to do a toner transfer on this ONE enclosure. And I have tried to paint it about 6 times with various methods. This enclosure is cursed!   

The stupidest panic attack in human history.  Oh well.....Klonapin, take me to that special place  8)

Welcome to my world.  The world where Dymo is as accurate as it gets.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: therealfindo on November 29, 2013, 03:56:52 AM
Dumb question - it's not a good idea to use inkjet photo paper, right? I've been using some glossy laser paper, but I still have to scrape it out of the trances..  :-[
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: mremic01 on November 29, 2013, 02:34:21 PM
Dumb question - it's not a good idea to use inkjet photo paper, right? I've been using some glossy laser paper, but I still have to scrape it out of the trances..  :-[

I use inkjet paper exclusively. Walgreen's brand is the one I've had the most luck with. I guess the inkjet paper doesn't let the toner fuse to it as well as laser printer paper, so it comes off onto the copper/aluminum better.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Flaconsius on November 30, 2013, 10:27:49 AM
Another BB Preamp with clipping Switches.
I Won´t do another for a while...  :-[
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc3/1461052_10201856043995742_1154441166_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: WyndBalduram on December 02, 2013, 11:56:32 AM
Has anyone ever considered, after prepping, pre-heating the enclosure in an oven and applying the toner transfer using a rubber brayer / hand roller?

I have tried heating the enclosure up in the oven and then using an iron to apply the transfer and it worked better than using just the iron by itself.  You have to be precise when initially applying the transfer, but it seems to work slightly better than just an iron alone.  It does seem like a clothes iron is unreliable when trying to distritube the necessary heat and pressure in order to properly transfer toner to a medium.  At least this has been my experience with both copper clad and enclosures.

I have used pcbfx's toner transfer method (using their toner transfer paper and their recommended laminator) for transfering toner to copper clad, and it worked AMAZINGLY.  No fuss, no muss, done in 10 minutes.  Their toner transfer paper works way better than magazine paper and I assume press n peel blue (though I have never used it).

I have been wondering how well their toner transfer paper would work with transferring toner to an enclosure, but I have not had an opportunity to try it.

What I am thinking is that, by preheating the enclosure in an oven, carefully applying the pcbfx toner transfer and the using a rubber brayer or hand roller to roll the transfer onto the top of the enclosure, one would be able to apply the necessary amount of pressure needed to easily adhere the toner to the enclosure. 

Anyone have any idea if this may work or not?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: electrosonic on December 02, 2013, 02:06:58 PM
I bought a cheap cast iron pan from ikea. I heat up the enclosure face down in the pan with the press and peel in between the pan and the enclosure. I put a digital kitchen thermometer sensor inside the enclosure and turn the stove on low. When the temperature gets to 300F, I flip the enclosure over in the pan go over the press n peel a few times with a roller before running the enclosure under cold water. Works well as long as I take care with the usual prep - good sanding and cleaning.

Andrew.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: therealfindo on December 19, 2013, 07:59:37 AM
Can you guess what this is?


(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1767893/IMAG1755.jpg)

I reworked an older box (hence the odd drilling layout)
My first attempt at a reverse etch.. not particularly successful, largely because the Molotow pends I used to draw the design just didn't stay once the etchant got going.. but it's a liveable result.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: garcho on December 19, 2013, 01:14:43 PM
^   orange squeezer!

I guess being originally designed as an "always on" effect forgives having a foot switch 1cm away from the only control knob.  ;D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: therealfindo on December 20, 2013, 04:06:41 AM
Right!  :D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on December 20, 2013, 06:12:36 AM
One knob dr boogie....i win :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Insanekane on December 20, 2013, 06:15:30 AM
Another etch...
It's a MBP project Kingslayer. Pretty cool modded klon kind of od.
(http://i721.photobucket.com/albums/ww214/InsaneKane-FX/Etch/KingSlayer041_zps2458f82f.jpg)
(http://i721.photobucket.com/albums/ww214/InsaneKane-FX/Etch/KingSlayer014_zps19a7aeb2.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on December 20, 2013, 06:31:26 AM
Cute bear, cool etch man...

@flalconius , nice, mayan design?...i did something similar... 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jdansti on December 20, 2013, 04:52:37 PM
Cute bear, cool etch man...

@flalconius , nice, mayan design?...i did something similar... 8)

Worthy of a Sonic Death Ray Phaser :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on December 20, 2013, 06:30:54 PM
 ;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: wildebelor on December 22, 2013, 10:18:29 PM
Hey everyone - first post so I should introduce myself too!

My name is Nic and I too, am a pedal addict. :icon_redface: :icon_biggrin:
Contrary to my current rig setup (SG straight into a trace elliott speed twin) - I've always loved pedals and just recently was bitten by the pedal bug.

I was building a tone bender MK1 in a wooden enclosure for my father and whilst I was waiting for the parts to arrive I got bored and wanted to build some stuff for myself.

I'll post some images of the etches I have done!


1st pedal and etch I ever completed - Bazz Fuss circuit with a vishnu image.

(http://i1099.photobucket.com/albums/g386/wildechildbelor/bazzfuss.jpg)

It came out ok but I didn't agitate it enough.

I then built this Fuzz Face variation (still have to tweak the knobs), but the etch came out better and much deeper!

(http://i1099.photobucket.com/albums/g386/wildechildbelor/fuzzdad2.jpg)

(http://i1099.photobucket.com/albums/g386/wildechildbelor/fuzzdad.jpg)

That hand with the bell jar is an image I drew for the book I just published - realised it fits perfectly!

This is the latest - Tonebender variant of some kind hehe

(http://i1099.photobucket.com/albums/g386/wildechildbelor/fuzz1.jpg)

(http://i1099.photobucket.com/albums/g386/wildechildbelor/fuzz1b.jpg)

The orange enclosure used PNP and the others I used inkjet paper!

Thanks for all the inspiration!


Nic
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mustachio on December 23, 2013, 01:01:23 AM
Welcome to the forum Nic! Great etches man, your already a pro! Looking forward to your future projects. And congrats on the book!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: wildebelor on December 23, 2013, 01:55:27 AM
Thanks for the welcome! Still have a lot to learn about pedals / electronics - but I'm really digging it so far!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: poppyman on December 23, 2013, 03:31:40 AM
Hey Nic, I really like the style of your etched pedals! Can't wait to see the next ones...Keep up with the great work :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on December 23, 2013, 04:46:35 AM
Hi. Nick...nice rustic style. Welcome to your addiction. 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: therealfindo on December 23, 2013, 04:53:59 AM
Really happy with this reverse etch for my 'Aslan' drive:

(http://distilleryimage8.ak.instagram.com/d2bfacb86b6211e3a9470e8e37697600_8.jpg)

Used this (http://www.freevectorlibrary.com/vector/bricius_lion) image.

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on December 23, 2013, 04:55:05 AM
^ nice, thats like its been placed on top... 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: wildebelor on December 23, 2013, 05:00:33 AM
Been toying with the idea of etching the design like regular, then rusting the surface, then block sanding so the etch comes through.
I just don't really want to buy anymore chemicals you know? (apparently hydrogen peroxide is the go if I recall correctly)

Anyone have any experience with somewhat controlled rusting?  :icon_lol:

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: duck_arse on December 23, 2013, 08:35:52 AM
I just don't really want to buy anymore chemicals you know? (apparently hydrogen peroxide is the go if I recall correctly)

@wilde, if you want some ferric chloride, let me know, I've got a bucket and a half of it in the shed.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jdansti on December 23, 2013, 03:19:13 PM
Been toying with the idea of etching the design like regular, then rusting the surface, then block sanding so the etch comes through.
I just don't really want to buy anymore chemicals you know? (apparently hydrogen peroxide is the go if I recall correctly)

Anyone have any experience with somewhat controlled rusting?  :icon_lol:



No experience with controlled rusting, but I have some ideas. You'll need a steel enclosure. Oxidized aluminum is whitish, powdery, and ugly. Some ideas with household chemicals: Try soaking a steel enclosure in salt water. Check it every day or so. You could try dilute bleach too. It would probably work faster than salt water. I don't have any experience with hydrogen peroxide and steel. I'm not sure if household peroxide would be strong enough to work in a short amount of time
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: haveyouseenhim on December 23, 2013, 03:24:14 PM
Anyone have any experience with somewhat controlled rusting?  :icon_lol:

No experience with controlled rusting, but I have some ideas. You'll need a steel enclosure. Oxidized aluminum is whitish, powdery, and ugly. Some ideas with household chemicals: Try soaking a steel enclosure in salt water. Check it every day or so. You could try dilute bleach too. It would probably work faster than salt water. I don't have any experience with hydrogen peroxide and steel. I'm not sure if household peroxide would be strong enough to work in a short amount of time

I would say use a steel enclosure and use gun blue. After it's blued don't touch it and it should develop a thin even coat of rust.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: wildebelor on December 23, 2013, 03:32:36 PM
I was thinking of getting some steel wedge enclosures, so that could be a great idea!
Still not sure if it's worth the time and effort but I think the results could be very cool  :icon_cool:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Schizo910 on December 25, 2013, 03:47:32 AM
For those having problems with transfering the toner and finding the right paper.
Get some labelprinting sheets, peel of the stickers and throw those away. You'll be left with the greasy feelingside. Make sure to leave the paper border on so your printer will get hold of the sheet.

I havehad good results with this.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: hylandren on December 25, 2013, 09:31:22 PM
(http://www.jnoeding.com/webpedalpics/question.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jdansti on December 26, 2013, 05:00:53 AM
I've never done it, but depending on the grade of the stainless (308, 316, etc.), it could take a long time. You'll want to keep the temperature of the ferric chloride elevated.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: haveyouseenhim on December 26, 2013, 12:11:54 PM
+1  I tried once and it took about an hour to leave a VERY slight etch.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: electrosonic on December 26, 2013, 02:48:14 PM
Electro-etched in copper sulfate, still hoping to get a perfect etch someday.

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/30050282/echobase.jpg)

Not a lot of room for error in the drilling, the echo base pcb will sit vertically inside and the knobs will be on the left and the footswitch on the bottom right.

I'm already stressed out that I am going to screw it up.

Andrew.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: wildebelor on December 26, 2013, 03:06:41 PM
That came out awesome andrew!

I think electro etching could be the next method I attempt.
I'm glad it's the safest too!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on December 26, 2013, 03:10:53 PM
+1 came out nice..like the design too 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: davent on December 26, 2013, 03:50:21 PM
Andrew, came out great!  I find one of these works great for getting the holes started where they're suppose to be.

(http://www.leevalley.com/en/images/item/woodworking/gifts/05n5901s1.jpg)

http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?cat=1,180,42311&p=45502

(http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc305/davent/IMG_5357_zps7485758b.jpg)
dave
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on December 26, 2013, 03:55:32 PM
yep, good old centre punch does the job, it rests in the etched dot too..

i drill  2-3mm holes then use the 7mm..etc..nicely evenly done everytime. 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jdansti on December 26, 2013, 05:08:00 PM
Maybe not as precise, but I use one of these spring center punches.  Just press to %^&* and release the spring mechanism.  No hammer necessary.  Depending on the final hole size, I may use a small pilot bit after I make a dimple.

(http://i1160.photobucket.com/albums/q485/jdansti/Punch.png)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: duck_arse on December 27, 2013, 09:57:11 AM
Just press to %^&* and release the spring mechanism. 
(http://i1160.photobucket.com/albums/q485/jdansti/Punch.png)

just press to swear? that's not much of a testemonial.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: bluebunny on December 27, 2013, 12:50:18 PM
just press to swear? that's not much of a testemonial.

I thought a testemonial (sic) was what you whimper when you get kicked in the n*ts.   :icon_eek:                                          ;)

(Getting coat...)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Schizo910 on December 27, 2013, 02:57:27 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/cSkD3Zg.png)

My second etch on a stompbox, still not deep enough to my likings. But I'm getting there! :-)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Tony Forestiere on December 27, 2013, 06:50:13 PM
Just press to %^&* and release the spring mechanism. 
(http://i1160.photobucket.com/albums/q485/jdansti/Punch.png)

just press to swear? that's not much of a testemonial.

I think he meant "Just press to cock..." There is a "%^&*-blocker" on the site.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jdansti on December 28, 2013, 01:56:41 AM
Just press to rooster... ;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: duck_arse on December 28, 2013, 08:59:45 AM
but if I do decide to centre punch my "bad boys", I will still swear, won't I?

[aside]testimoanial. if you think my spellinks are bad, you should see the stuff I manage to edit out[/aside]

can I say "nice furry box", then?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: bluebunny on December 28, 2013, 10:58:13 AM
Just press to rooster... ;)

John - ever the gentleman.   :D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: hylandren on December 28, 2013, 11:38:02 AM
I used to use a center punch for starting jack and switch holes before drilling. But several times, the hole would be just slightly out of  position.
I switched to using an extremely fine tipped carbide cutter with the dremel, instead of a center punch. Since then, every hole is drilled exactly where I want it.
Hope this helps.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jdansti on December 28, 2013, 12:50:01 PM
Just press to %^&* and release the spring mechanism.
(http://i1160.photobucket.com/albums/q485/jdansti/Punch.png)

just press to swear? that's not much of a testemonial.

I think he meant "Just press to cock..." There is a "%^&*-blocker" on the site.

Sounds like some type of contraception. ;)

BTW- These are great for shattering car windows.  Keep one handy in your car for rescuing a child locked inside a hot parked car or the next time you drive off of a pier.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on December 29, 2013, 07:33:08 AM
Or like the look of a stereo... ;D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jdansti on December 29, 2013, 03:54:11 PM
That happens a lot. Smash and grab.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Trippy Demon on December 30, 2013, 11:33:12 AM
Been trying my next etch, but still not real tight, although it looks good enough, but I have to do some more testing before I get the clean etches I see around these pages

It's a D*A*M Meathead clone, and as that is a Fuzzface clone with one knob it wasn't a big leap to make the towards Mad Cyclops

I etched the back with a 15% Caustic soda solution, but that ate through the nail polish and eventually also loosened the toner
For the front I heated up the ferric Chloride in the Microwave and that speeded up the etching process big time, but the toner didn't transfer as well as it has previously done, maybe I need a better iron or have to sand the enclosure a bit further than the 120 grain belt sanding...
The cut through the cyclops heads should have been a sign telling me the box was not really prepared enough...
It's a deeper etch than any before so there is progress and it's still fun to do though, so on to new boxes!

(http://i1327.photobucket.com/albums/u676/ZvZwendel/Photobucket%20Desktop%20-%20iMac-24/forum%20plaatjes/MadCyclops11_zps919e1ef3.jpg)

(http://i1327.photobucket.com/albums/u676/ZvZwendel/Photobucket%20Desktop%20-%20iMac-24/forum%20plaatjes/MadCyclops10_zpscdafe04a.jpg)(http://i1327.photobucket.com/albums/u676/ZvZwendel/Photobucket%20Desktop%20-%20iMac-24/forum%20plaatjes/MadCyclops12_zpsba17fe07.jpg)(http://i1327.photobucket.com/albums/u676/ZvZwendel/Photobucket%20Desktop%20-%20iMac-24/forum%20plaatjes/MadCyclops18_zpsec2bffd0.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jdansti on December 30, 2013, 07:05:32 PM
Looks good!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on December 30, 2013, 07:40:56 PM
Yeah, came out nice, i love led eyes  8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: duck_arse on December 31, 2013, 09:23:50 AM
what's that pinkish gunk?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on December 31, 2013, 10:23:38 AM
revlon No.7 nail varnish, magenta coral .

 ;D

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Trippy Demon on December 31, 2013, 11:41:40 AM
Yep pink nail varnish, the cheapest I could find  :icon_wink:
Title: Etched enclosures
Post by: pastiche on January 03, 2014, 08:21:29 PM
First go at an etch.
Used glossy magazine paper and 33% HCl 50/50 with water. Etched ok til i agitated it at the end and it ate thru a little bit if the toner.
The good wife hand painted it as I didn't etch it deep enough to spray and sand. I like the textured look, even if it wasn't the original plan.
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/01/04/uhu6e7yp.jpg)

Any guesses what this one will be a clone of?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: guitarmageddon on January 04, 2014, 12:50:34 AM
^I dig textured finishes too. 8)

Happy Newd Year Gents.

Here's my first build of 2014- the 'Freaky Fuzz.'

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/IMG_2529_zps9b08ef46.jpg)

Derived from the Ge FY-2, tuned the bias for my Russian trannies, added switchable output caps and a polarity inverter IC for -9vDC.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/Guts_zps7ab978ef.jpg)

Etch, as usual, is printer toner, photo paper and Hcl & peroxide.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/Detail_zps6e7d1acd.jpg)

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Schizo910 on January 04, 2014, 03:38:24 AM
Freaky indeed! Like it!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: duck_arse on January 04, 2014, 09:10:21 AM

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/IMG_2529_zps9b08ef46.jpg)

Derived from the Ge FY-2, tuned the bias for my Russian trannies, added switchable output caps and a polarity inverter IC for -9vDC.

how come they're all wearing sluggos/budgie smugglers?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Schizo910 on January 04, 2014, 03:46:05 PM
They were on sale I guess...
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Arcane Analog on January 04, 2014, 04:07:24 PM
No experience with controlled rusting, but I have some ideas. You'll need a steel enclosure. Oxidized aluminum is whitish, powdery, and ugly.

This is not accurate. You can get great results with standard stomp boxes. Many are not pure aluminium and they will rust just fine with water and air in a few minutes to hours. You will find the results are not entirely predictable but you can get copper to red to black depending on the materials used in the box.



Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jdansti on January 04, 2014, 04:52:11 PM
True- I didn't think about the boxes being alloys, but I'd be surprised to see a Hammond enclosure that oxidizes the way a hunk of carbon steel does.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: electrosonic on January 04, 2014, 07:26:58 PM
(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/30050282/octave.jpg)

Another copper sulfate electro-etch.

Andrew.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: wildebelor on January 04, 2014, 11:49:45 PM
Just posted this in the pictures thread but because it's etched I thought it was relevant!
My treble boosters!

(http://i1099.photobucket.com/albums/g386/wildechildbelor/front.jpg)

(http://i1099.photobucket.com/albums/g386/wildechildbelor/back2.jpg)

 :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jdansti on January 05, 2014, 06:20:30 AM
Looks great, but drinking and building stompboxes is a dangerous combination. ;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on January 05, 2014, 06:35:27 AM
@guitarmaggedon:

that is sick...where did that come from?..what kind of story would involve those dudes lol..
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: therealfindo on January 05, 2014, 07:41:42 AM
(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/30050282/octave.jpg)

Another copper sulfate electro-etch.

Andrew.

Smooth indeed! Nice one.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Schizo910 on January 05, 2014, 12:58:30 PM
Here's my Woolly Mammoth clone. Still not completely satisfied with the etch. Not deep enough...

(http://i.imgur.com/GfMxE74.png)

(http://i.imgur.com/XI2XKwY.png)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: lespos on January 06, 2014, 12:34:15 AM
It looks great! Love steam punk style.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jdansti on January 06, 2014, 08:07:13 AM
+1!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: therealfindo on January 11, 2014, 02:05:39 PM
Forgot to flip the image before I printed and transferred it.. oops..

(http://distilleryimage1.ak.instagram.com/6e8db2907ab611e3b0540ee34114bbed_8.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jdansti on January 11, 2014, 02:17:12 PM
Looks to me like the writing is on the back side of the sail!  What's the problem?  ;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: tubegeek on January 11, 2014, 11:35:01 PM
What's the problem?  ;)

Well, duh, the ship is supposed to be sailing northwest, and instead it's heading southeast!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: electrosonic on January 15, 2014, 05:25:55 PM
Working on a 4 knob Engineer's Thumb - I  left off the threshold control. Have not verified my OSH Park PCB yet though.

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/30050282/ET.jpg)

Electro-etched in copper sulfate (as an experiment I did no sanding prep, just acetone wipe and then press n peel)

Andrew.

I need to finish some builds have now have 3 etched enclosures to populate.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on January 15, 2014, 06:28:44 PM
^ cool, thats really fine lines..and clear txt. . 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: amptramp on January 15, 2014, 06:35:56 PM
Of all the possible engine line drawings, you used the Chrysler slant 6?  You should call the pedal the leaning tower of power, just like Mopar fans have named that engine.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: electrosonic on January 15, 2014, 06:44:39 PM
I heated the enclosure in the oven to 300 F with the press n peel in place held down lightly by the enclosures lid. After the oven got up to 300 F I took the enclosure out and went over the press n peel with a speed ball (silk screen) rubber roller. I put the enclosure back in the oven for 5 minutes and gave it another once over with the roller before quenching with cold water.

There are a few blotches where the toner did not transfer. I was considering doing it over, but decided against it.

I was thinking that maybe I should bake out the moisture first (i.e. 300 F for 20 minutes then let it cool before doing the transfer) like people do when powder coating - couldn't hurt to try next time.

Quote
Of all the possible engine line drawings, you used the Chrysler slant 6

Are they that uncool?  I always sort of liked odd ball tech.

Andrew.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: therealfindo on January 15, 2014, 07:16:37 PM
Working on a 4 knob Engineer's Thumb - I  left off the threshold control. Have not verified my OSH Park PCB yet though.

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/30050282/ET.jpg)

Electro-etched in copper sulfate (as an experiment I did no sanding prep, just acetone wipe and then press n peel)

Andrew.

I need to finish some builds have now have 3 etched enclosures to populate.

Looks great!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: tubegeek on January 15, 2014, 07:39:07 PM
I would have thought a Hemi with a blower for a... compressor!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on January 16, 2014, 04:05:47 AM
(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/30050282/ET.jpg)

Nice man, really clean result with that one!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: TG Flatline on January 16, 2014, 04:06:58 AM
@ electrosonic - that etch is fantastic dude, proper impressive stuff!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: therealfindo on January 16, 2014, 09:05:26 AM
A reverse etch:

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1767893/Photos/IMAG1845.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: thelonious on January 17, 2014, 09:27:30 AM
Cool. I like the splatter effect, too.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on January 17, 2014, 10:43:35 AM
yeah, nice...what is it?.. 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on January 26, 2014, 10:37:41 AM
First etch of 2014!

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/01/26/a5amuma5.jpg)

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/01/26/8edybaju.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: peterg on January 26, 2014, 11:31:07 AM
Graham. Nice job and great tutorial on etchhing.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: davent on January 26, 2014, 11:45:14 AM
The detail in that is amazing! The eye looks very eyeballish, spooky!
dave
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on January 26, 2014, 11:50:16 AM
beautiful... yeah love that detail/ eye too. 8)

(that poor neglected white washer :'( :'( :'( ;D)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jdansti on January 26, 2014, 01:28:51 PM
Nice ones, Graham and Therealfindo!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on January 26, 2014, 01:59:52 PM
Thanks guys! :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pettol on January 31, 2014, 08:12:13 AM
Nice work Graham!

My latest etch (plus transparent red):

(http://imageshack.com/a/img801/9679/nm22.jpg)
(http://imageshack.com/a/img713/6910/hsx8.jpg)
Title: Re:
Post by: GoranP on January 31, 2014, 08:49:39 AM
How do you do that red without getting it into the etch?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: therealfindo on January 31, 2014, 09:42:38 AM
That is one sweet etch!!  Nice and deep too but still clean. How do you get the black into the etched bit after the red coat?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pettol on January 31, 2014, 09:50:00 AM
Thanks!

It's transparent red so the etch is painted black before coating.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: therealfindo on January 31, 2014, 10:14:26 AM
Thanks!

It's transparent red so the etch is painted black before coating.

I can never get the black to come through transparent paint so strong!  :D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pettol on January 31, 2014, 11:03:00 AM
Thanks!

It's transparent red so the etch is painted black before coating.

I can never get the black to come through transparent paint so strong!  :D

I've only been successful with red. Tried a few blue paints but I was never happy with the results.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: stallik on January 31, 2014, 12:15:42 PM
Stunning
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on January 31, 2014, 12:52:29 PM
+1...very nice... 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: bluebunny on January 31, 2014, 05:56:50 PM
(http://imageshack.com/a/img801/9679/nm22.jpg)

That's so gorgeous, I might have to take up knitting towels.  So I can throw them in...   :D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on February 01, 2014, 04:02:23 AM
Nice work Graham!

Thanks Pettol! Your latest one is a thing of beauty, love the design!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on February 02, 2014, 02:57:12 PM
First 1590A etch, Moollon inspired! ;)

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/02/03/5y6yqu5a.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pettol on February 02, 2014, 06:02:24 PM
Thanks a lot guys!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pettol on February 02, 2014, 06:05:07 PM
@Hexjibber - tried your technique on an A box. First it looked like it was working, but all of a sudden the toner just didn't stick anymore. Can you overheat?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: darron on February 02, 2014, 06:59:44 PM
love it Hexjibber!!

I always dreamt of doing an etch as nice a Moollon... This is right up there :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on February 03, 2014, 04:32:20 AM
@Hexjibber - tried your technique on an A box. First it looked like it was working, but all of a sudden the toner just didn't stick anymore. Can you overheat?

That's odd, I haven't had that happen before? Did you leave the iron on top of the enclosure for 30-60 secs to initially bond it before applying pressure in small circular motions? I can only imagine it's something related to the toner perhaps?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: therealfindo on February 03, 2014, 07:58:40 AM
First 1590A etch, Moollon inspired! ;)

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/02/03/5y6yqu5a.jpg)

Wow!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: therealfindo on February 03, 2014, 08:00:44 AM
My new second-hand amp came with a third-party, chunky, not particularly attractive footswitch - taking too much pedalboard realestate, so I rehoused it:

(http://distilleryimage1.ak.instagram.com/bc6812de8caa11e387011237b9be8c69_8.jpg)

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pettol on February 04, 2014, 10:49:49 AM
@Hexjibber - tried your technique on an A box. First it looked like it was working, but all of a sudden the toner just didn't stick anymore. Can you overheat?

That's odd, I haven't had that happen before? Did you leave the iron on top of the enclosure for 30-60 secs to initially bond it before applying pressure in small circular motions? I can only imagine it's something related to the toner perhaps?

Yes I did. It all looked fine at first and I was about to stop heating, but then I decided to follow your tutorial all the way.
Yeah it might be the toner - maybe we have some budget brand installed. Same printer and paper you're using. Oh well,  I'll just try it again.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on February 04, 2014, 10:54:22 AM
Yes I did. It all looked fine at first and I was about to stop heating, but then I decided to follow your tutorial all the way.
Yeah it might be the toner - maybe we have some budget brand installed. Same printer and paper you're using. Oh well,  I'll just try it again.

How unusual, as I say I've not had it happen before. I can't imagine it would be overheating as I probably had the iron on that recent 1590A build for about 10-15mins. Hope it works out next time!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: thelonious on February 04, 2014, 02:03:18 PM
I've had that happen before, Pettol, and I was using budget toner, too. I was using HCl and peroxide at the time, though. Also, sometimes I wonder if it was related to how OCD I was when preparing the enclosure (sanding perfectly flat, being absolutely certain never to touch the top after cleaning with acetone, making sure acetone has evaporated completely before next step, etc.)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pettol on February 05, 2014, 02:38:02 AM
Good point there thelonious. I'll sand it a bit more.
Really like this to work - those pnp Blue are just ridiculously expensive.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: better_info on February 12, 2014, 06:22:36 PM
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-tmNqHFjfTOI/UvwDhvN8i0I/AAAAAAAAAUA/4Y9WwGXynAw/s1600/buttloder1.jpg)

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-p0wH0sb5p6o/UvwDjphjEKI/AAAAAAAAAUE/RNhkSEterOQ/s1600/buttloder2.jpg)

More pictures here: http://www.tremendouslunch.com/2014/02/kurt-butt-loder.html (http://www.tremendouslunch.com/2014/02/kurt-butt-loder.html)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: garcho on February 17, 2014, 03:01:46 PM
I tried Molotov markers for the first time and really dislike them, for my technique. They left a strange residue on the aluminum, and once I clear-coat-ed the enclosure the ink ran and smeared all over. I guess they work well if you carefully fill in etched space but I do mine with a ton of paint and sand off the excess. Basically, the same technique as painting the whole thing except it's targeted. Oil paint markers work great for this but I've only found Sharpie and have way limited colors compared to Molotov's beautiful cornucopia, unfortunately. Oh well, thanks for the tip, it was worth trying, and otherwise, they're great markers, maybe I just need to change my game. Still searching!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pettol on February 18, 2014, 12:41:35 AM
@garcho: did you try water-based markers? They should be easy to rinse off if needed and shouldn't smear.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: peterg on February 19, 2014, 11:08:25 PM
This is my first attempt at etching a box and board. It's a ProCo Rat using Tonepad's La Rata layout.

(http://www.aronnelson.com/gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=50548&g2_serialNumber=2)

(http://www.aronnelson.com/gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=50549&g2_serialNumber=1)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: guitarmageddon on February 19, 2014, 11:52:51 PM
Ha ha! Love it!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jdansti on February 20, 2014, 12:34:42 AM
La Rata esta bueno! 

Wish my guts could look that neat!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: snarblinge on February 20, 2014, 02:33:34 AM
I find gel type pens survive rattle can clear coat well, and come in a massive range of colours, you can score a pack of 24 or something here at the dollar store. Also a great source of white
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Maik on February 21, 2014, 11:22:20 AM
My first  etch in 2014
https://app.box.com/s/93xoffnm8739uz4qeuh1
It´s a Chasm Reverb before boxing it...
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jdansti on February 21, 2014, 11:39:59 AM
Terrific etch and artwork!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Maik on February 21, 2014, 11:45:25 AM
Thank you. Yes, I´m a little bit proud of this etch.
But the next will be better!
I found a fluid uv resist that works realy cool...
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: garcho on February 21, 2014, 12:29:24 PM
Thanks for the tip Snarblinge!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: mikitz on February 21, 2014, 09:01:25 PM
My 5th etch and 4th pedal... A L*vepedal Kalamazoo using Ivlark's awesome layout at tagboardeffects

Since it supposedly sounds like a Klon Centaur, this one has a griffin on it, another mythical creature.
(I have a Brother laser printer... and happy with the results... don't believe the hype!)

(http://i.imgur.com/LmpGTbh.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/qlIECYo.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/K42oL4K.jpg)
The black mark on the left side is my bad... I should have been more careful with nail polish around the outside. Doh!

Finally starting to get tidier with the guts...
If you are wondering, I used an oversized pot for the volume in the top right of the gut shot... trying to get rid of it and it fit.
There is also some sillyness with 3 resistors in parallel in one spot and 2 in series trying to get as close to the posted values as possible just because I could.
(http://i.imgur.com/IPxEAea.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Tony Forestiere on February 21, 2014, 09:27:21 PM
Absolutely stunning!  :o I am really blown away!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jdansti on February 22, 2014, 12:56:35 AM
^^Looks like you got some good depth there!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Buzz on February 22, 2014, 01:43:21 AM
My 5th etch and 4th pedal... 

Great etch. I have a brother laser printer too. Works great with P'n'P blue. You have just inspired me to attempt an etch on an enclosure.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: mikitz on February 22, 2014, 10:38:56 AM
Thanks for the great feedback!

One thing that really helped me with the deep etch is heating up the etchant to speed up the process.. it is cold at the moment near Toronto so I put the etchant bath (old salad container) in a bigger tupperware container filled with water around 80 degrees celcius. The etch above took 10 minutes.

I'm still having issues with some of the thinner strokes. After the ironing, there is a layer of glue or something over the thinner areas to be etched.. I am having troubles removing it on the thinner lines before placing it in the bath even after soaking in water for a few minutes. The acid takes a few extra minutes to remove this layer and by then the other parts are already deeply etched. I suppose covering the rest up with tape while waiting would work.

It might be the paper (I'm using blank glossy magazine paper from staples.ca) So this weekend I'm picking up some cheap *inkjet* photo paper like ruz suggests in his tutorial..
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Schizo910 on February 25, 2014, 06:52:33 AM
My latest build a Death by Audio Supersonic Fuzz Gun clone.

Still not completely happy with the etch, I'm thinking it's because of the poor toner in my printer.

(http://i.imgur.com/poDM8iZ.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: poppyman on February 26, 2014, 01:55:57 AM
great look and layout! :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on February 26, 2014, 02:33:53 AM
+1

it has a  rustic charm to it i think. 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: italianguy63 on February 26, 2014, 03:36:31 AM
+1 I like the big lamp jewel.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: duck_arse on February 26, 2014, 08:23:20 AM
is that steam-punk meets cow-punk? etched punk? looks good. others here point their guns at their pedals.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jdansti on February 26, 2014, 08:29:44 AM
 Nice one, Giovanni!  The Old West meets rock and roll!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: poppyman on February 26, 2014, 09:40:27 AM
I didn't post for a while:
my last etched boxes: ("période bleue batch" :P)

refinished stock  LPB1:
(http://t.imgbox.com/ehXJjwD8.jpg) (http://imgbox.com/ehXJjwD8)

SHO (vero)
(http://t.imgbox.com/L66gSXdV.jpg) (http://imgbox.com/L66gSXdV)

AC boost (pedalparts UK)
(http://t.imgbox.com/vhXworod.jpg) (http://imgbox.com/vhXworod)

Timmy OD (vero) -sounds ace, btw.
(http://t.imgbox.com/BNn8CBuE.jpg) (http://imgbox.com/BNn8CBuE)

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Schizo910 on February 26, 2014, 11:09:57 AM
Wow, thanks guys!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: garcho on February 26, 2014, 02:09:20 PM
impressive stuff y'all!

see if I can finish this Echo Base without ruining it.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7417/12798454303_8d2b2f5ff6.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: tubegeek on February 26, 2014, 02:58:53 PM
see if I can finish this Echo Base without ruining it.

Sure hope so - me likey!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on February 28, 2014, 06:51:09 PM
Ultimate Octave

Poodle's Pedal Parts PCB. Love the fuzz section on this, so heavy!

QOTSA artwork for extra Homme points! ;)

(http://31.media.tumblr.com/a8a0bfa40bda4e3c12c94d971ca9f3cd/tumblr_n1qcgbdpLJ1s7epwwo3_500.jpg)

(http://31.media.tumblr.com/1b35008e4ff8b2247d81e4a516fbe549/tumblr_n1qcgbdpLJ1s7epwwo1_400.jpg)

(http://31.media.tumblr.com/e78eba1d540e46df472f88b363237e70/tumblr_n1qcgbdpLJ1s7epwwo2_400.jpg)

(http://25.media.tumblr.com/10b04e32949f9bcec8c46897cf3b5e1b/tumblr_n1qcgbdpLJ1s7epwwo4_500.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: nicoo on March 01, 2014, 07:13:46 PM
My first etched stompbox, a MXR distortion+ clone...

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2848/12865959633_450abc3b7b_z.jpg)
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7351/12865951223_157356c24b_z.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Govmnt_Lacky on March 01, 2014, 07:31:56 PM
My first etched stompbox, a MXR distortion+ clone...

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2848/12865959633_450abc3b7b_z.jpg)

Now THAT is an excellent first post! Very nice etch and great looking build!

Stay thirsty my friend!  ;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: tubegeek on March 01, 2014, 11:39:17 PM
nicoo - you're making us all look bad, get the hell out of here. This pedal stuff is not for you.

SWEEET work! Jealous.....
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mustachio on March 02, 2014, 10:25:21 AM
Awesome etches guys!

Here's probably my last acid etch for a while. It's not complete yet , hopefully soon. Fighting a cold now and have a bunch of projects around the house I need to finish.

(http://i1053.photobucket.com/albums/s479/MCMustachio/1393309532349_zpsbzoes33j.jpg)

(http://i1053.photobucket.com/albums/s479/MCMustachio/IMAG0683_zps5wgsxrch.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: glops on March 02, 2014, 02:07:16 PM
Awesome etches guys!

Here's probably my last acid etch for a while. It's not complete yet , hopefully soon. Fighting a cold now and have a bunch of projects around the house I need to finish.

(http://i1053.photobucket.com/albums/s479/MCMustachio/1393309532349_zpsbzoes33j.jpg)

(http://i1053.photobucket.com/albums/s479/MCMustachio/IMAG0683_zps5wgsxrch.jpg)

Excellent!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jdansti on March 02, 2014, 04:28:42 PM
+1!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: poppyman on March 03, 2014, 12:35:52 AM
Love the Queen Of The Foxx Age one !!! ;)
great 1st etch Nicoo!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: italianguy63 on March 03, 2014, 03:44:07 AM
Hey Jim--

Are the inperfections in your etch "by design" or do they just happen?  I like the antique look it has!  +2

MC 
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: italianguy63 on March 03, 2014, 03:47:56 AM
Posted elsewhere-- but, my etch technique is improving.  This turned out to be a nice project.  Everything fit well, and I was able to put the controls similarly to the original.  Wired it up last night, and it works.  That's the best part!  MC

(http://i800.photobucket.com/albums/yy286/italianguy63/KLON_zps818775bc.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on March 03, 2014, 03:50:42 AM
^ nailed it... 8)

@jim: wow the steel etch came out great, i thought the steel would've been to tough to etch...brilliant. 8)  ferric?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Schizo910 on March 03, 2014, 05:18:26 AM
Nice ecth, Mark! Clean and crispy, I wish my etches turned out so clean! Not sure about those knobbies, though...
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: italianguy63 on March 03, 2014, 07:21:11 AM
Has a pink LED too, and the Centar has T*TS.  It's a buffered Klon.. I named it Buffy the Centaur..   :icon_question:

I figured out I was overetching.  I went with a lesser etch time, and everything just turned out clean.  As DeadAstro said--it's in the prep.  I block sanded 1st to get it flat, and used a paint pencil to ensure I wouldn't get any bleed around the image.  This etch had a lot of dead space, so I just used blue masking tape mostly.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: garcho on March 03, 2014, 11:57:17 AM
Quote
Not sure about those knobbies, though...

Funny, I was about to say that Italian guys aren't so shallow as to think pink = gay but then I noticed your name is Giovanni...
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: italianguy63 on March 03, 2014, 12:56:41 PM
Actually, the pink knobbies are for an R-Rated pedal I have in the think-tank.  But, I have to get my current "Sonic Czar" fiasco put to bed.   :-[
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Schizo910 on March 03, 2014, 05:53:54 PM
Quote
Not sure about those knobbies, though...

Funny, I was about to say that Italian guys aren't so shallow as to think pink = gay but then I noticed your name is Giovanni...

Haha, okay, I kinda look Italian and I do speak italian, but I am as Ducth as can be...  ;D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mustachio on March 03, 2014, 10:54:24 PM
Yeah the steel etches pretty good. I used really old, pre used, radio shack etchant which is pretty much ferric. It's pretty well spent and I was using it first in a cool temperature room. Noticed it wasn't etching all that fast so I transferred it to a warmer room and hit the acid with a heat gun for a few moments. That helped kick in the etch but it started to undercut some areas and wore away at the industrial sharpie I used for touch up spots. Overall not to shabby though :)

The ferric that comes in the pellets or powder would work great for the steel. I was going to try the NaoH because it usually makes for really clean sharp etches, but I read it won't etch steel.


That centaur has boobies hence the pink knobs, makes sense. :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Schizo910 on March 04, 2014, 04:11:31 AM

That centaur has boobies hence the pink knobs, makes sense. :)

Ok, you convinced me!  ;D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: poppyman on March 04, 2014, 05:34:36 AM
GGG Big Muff with feedback mod:

(http://i.imgur.com/FcdViF6.jpg) (http://imgur.com/FcdViF6)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on March 04, 2014, 05:54:53 AM
^ excellent...i have that same robot too..

i collect robots..have around 50 of them.. 8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mustachio on March 04, 2014, 06:12:48 AM
Awesome Bot the eyes are perfect!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Schizo910 on March 04, 2014, 06:35:09 AM
Awesome indeed!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: italianguy63 on March 04, 2014, 06:39:38 AM
+1 I like the "Chaos!" switch.  Mayhem indeed.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: poppyman on March 04, 2014, 08:42:25 AM
thanks guys! :)
I always liked the look of retro-bots...
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: duck_arse on March 04, 2014, 08:59:57 AM
GGG Big Muff with feedback mod:

(http://i.imgur.com/FcdViF6.jpg) (http://imgur.com/FcdViF6)

wait a minute. that robot; that coil on his head. I just reading some thread, can't remember the name, but they was looking for a coil just like that.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: poppyman on March 04, 2014, 09:21:39 AM
Like a tiny reverb tank spring???? :icon_eek:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on March 04, 2014, 10:06:07 AM
my new baby...

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7464107/WP_20140303_005.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7464107/WP_20140303_011.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7464107/WP_20140303_006.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7464107/WP_20140303_007.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: poppyman on March 04, 2014, 10:15:52 AM
sweet !!!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: bluebunny on March 04, 2014, 10:18:39 AM
Bloody hell, Rob!  What the hell are the rest of us mere mortals supposed to do now??   ::)

Except build one, of course...   ;D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on March 04, 2014, 10:20:43 AM
cheers guys, yep , just build one.. ;D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: bluebunny on March 04, 2014, 10:46:43 AM
^^^ Bugger.  I was afraid you'd say that...   :-\
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on March 04, 2014, 11:09:28 AM
^ get on with it man...stop avoiding it.. ;D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: bluebunny on March 04, 2014, 05:07:07 PM
I hope you're gonna at least offer some etched boards to make our lives easier?  At a huge markup, of course...   :icon_twisted:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: BLACK AUDIO on March 04, 2014, 05:19:34 PM
Hello everyone. This is my first post here and the second etch. is pretty crappy but I like it. I build into it the DAM meathead. hope you like it.
(http://www.imagehosting.cz/images/sam1204res.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: peterg on March 04, 2014, 05:47:53 PM
Hello everyone. This is my first post here and the second etch. is pretty crappy but I like it. I build into it the DAM meathead. hope you like it.
(http://www.imagehosting.cz/images/sam1204res.jpg)

Welcome to the forum. Your etch isn't crappy at all. It's got a lot of character. Post some shots when you have it finished and don't forget to show us your guts!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mustachio on March 04, 2014, 09:01:37 PM
Beautiful etch as always rob! Love the design and depth you got there!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on March 05, 2014, 03:59:40 AM
@ marc: yeah £40.000 whooooarghhhhhhhhhh... :icon_twisted:

@jim: cheers man.

@black, like peter says its got character,i like it,   8)

take a look at glops stuff, he's got a great style, its the imperfections with his retro style that make it imo...very cool. 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: bluebunny on March 05, 2014, 08:46:19 AM
@ marc: yeah £40.000 whooooarghhhhhhhhhh... :icon_twisted:

I asked for that...    :D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on March 05, 2014, 08:49:35 AM
i'm @#$%ing serious lol.. ;D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: bluebunny on March 06, 2014, 07:55:08 AM
i'm @#$%ing serious lol.. ;D

That's no way to treat us hopeless addicts!   :'(

OK, I'll bite...   ;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: duck_arse on March 06, 2014, 09:38:48 AM
Hello everyone. This is my first post here and the second etch. is pretty crappy but I like it. I build into it the DAM meathead. hope you like it.
(http://www.imagehosting.cz/images/sam1204res.jpg)

Welcome to the forum. Your etch isn't crappy at all. It's got a lot of character. Post some shots when you have it finished and don't forget to show us your guts!

please! not your guts, but your pedals guts.

and wow on the tweed.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: BLACK AUDIO on March 06, 2014, 04:15:53 PM
Thank you. As soon as it is ready, I'll show guts and the rest of the pedal.
PS: sorry for my english  ;D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: threepwood on March 11, 2014, 06:30:04 AM
My Alien inspired 1776 Effects Suckerpunch. Definitely inspired by Glops' fantastic reverse etched pedals. Thanks to Glops and Hexjibber for help with the etching process. It's not up to there standards but better than previous attempts.

(http://i.imgur.com/eJ1khnA.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/DfxSdso.jpg)

(Also posted this in the normal Pictures thread, apologies if that is bad form).
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: wildebelor on March 11, 2014, 06:51:22 AM
@Threepwood - That is really awesome man!  :icon_twisted:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: italianguy63 on March 11, 2014, 07:27:38 AM
+1, I especially like the design elements.  Good thought went into it.

I have a small pedal coming, I am going to risk trying a reverse etch on it.  A buffer.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: poppyman on March 11, 2014, 07:49:06 AM
+1
great homage to Glops :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: poppyman on March 11, 2014, 07:59:17 AM
Poodle's Centaur klon:

(http://i.imgur.com/XRtUcAe.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: peterg on March 11, 2014, 09:38:41 AM
Poppyman - love your work!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Schizo910 on March 12, 2014, 11:47:06 AM
Finished it... La Giovane Anima.

(http://i.imgur.com/TV0V9do.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: tubegeek on March 12, 2014, 04:24:17 PM
Finished it... La Giovane Anima.

Sweet. And I am also jealous of that nifty old folding magnifier!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on March 13, 2014, 04:15:58 AM
@giovanni:

what are you using to do your graphics?..

you need to use vector type graphics, (inkscape) exported to pdf to get ''clean unbroken edges''

for a neater etch...
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Schizo910 on March 13, 2014, 07:19:03 AM
 :icon_biggrin: I'm a graphic designer and illustrator by trade, so I use Adobe illustratorCS.

I really think it has to do with not getting thick enough toner on the enclosure... I'm using an older Kyocera laserprinter.

I'm almost giving up on etching :icon_cry: I've used a waterslide decal on my latest pedal :icon_redface:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: poppyman on March 13, 2014, 04:41:14 PM
thanks, peterg! :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Maik on March 13, 2014, 05:45:37 PM
:icon_biggrin: I'm a graphic designer and illustrator by trade, so I use Adobe illustratorCS.

I really think it has to do with not getting thick enough toner on the enclosure... I'm using an older Kyocera laserprinter.

I'm almost giving up on etching :icon_cry: I've used a waterslide decal on my latest pedal :icon_redface:

Why not trying an other way? As a grafic designer do you have some conection to printers like screen printers or pre press people (for perfect transparents)?
They are doing it with a transparent and uv light. This gives much better and reproducing results.
Try out some uv positive photoresist. There is one in Europe as a spray. The spray isn´t very good and you have to cover a lot of small holes.
Take it as a thick paste and roll it with a linoleum roller like this one (hope it´s ok to post a amason link)
http://www.amazon.de/Linolwalze-Metallgriff-Gummiwalze-120-mm/dp/B008PCWTAO/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1394744972&sr=8-4&keywords=Linolwalze
under yellow light or something like this
http://www.amazon.de/UV-Schutzfolie-f%C3%BCr-Leuchtstoffr%C3%B6hren-alternative-Gelblicht/dp/B00AXPKQBK/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1394745073&sr=8-11&keywords=gelblicht
Lay the transparent over the box and do it with uv light. 2-5min.
To generate an etchable surface throw it in
http://www.amazon.de/Kemo-Entwickler-KEMO-fotopositive-Platinen/dp/B000YIYM2K/ref=sr_1_sc_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1394745292&sr=8-2-spell&keywords=platinenentwickler
Water it, dry it with a hair dryer and if the paste is a good one and there was no daylight or uv during the rolling there will be 2-5 small holes not hundreds as with toner method.
And lines can be very thin :-) like this one
https://app.box.com/s/93xoffnm8739uz4qeuh1
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: poppyman on March 13, 2014, 05:48:38 PM
If you use press'n'blue peel, a good old office's or copyshop's toner copy machine would do the trick.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Schizo910 on March 13, 2014, 06:18:15 PM
Maik, I do have some contacts, but I realy like the process of doing it on my own, finding my way. I could ask for help, but I just want to be able to do it here in my studio with the tools that I have... I will look into those photoresist methods you mention, thanks!

Poppyman, I haven't been able to find press'n'blue peel in my surroundings...
 
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: bungusbeefcake on March 20, 2014, 07:38:43 AM
Couple of my latest:

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/967492/Obsession%20II%20A.jpg)
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/967492/Obsession%20II/OBII%20Front.jpg)

@FrequencyCentral: Where did you get those protectors for the tubes?? Would love to get my hands on something like that!!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: alparent on March 20, 2014, 07:54:00 AM
Latest etch for a Suhr Riot clone

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/11/27/yjuge6yv.jpg)

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/11/27/e9esuher.jpg)

How do you do your artwork?
Pure talent?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: electricgrave on March 20, 2014, 01:50:53 PM
Couple of my latest:


@FrequencyCentral: Where did you get those protectors for the tubes?? Would love to get my hands on something like that!!

you can get them on ebay
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Tube-Guard-Protector-PreAmp-Silver-12AX7-12AU7-6922-5687-ECC82-ECC81-6N11-/400679865738?pt=Vintage_Electronics_R2&hash=item5d4a618d8a
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on March 21, 2014, 07:46:27 AM
How do you do your artwork?
Pure talent?

Ha, no alas I can't lay claim to the art itself, they're usually just Google finds that I trace into Illustrator. This one for example was an image I found for which I then made a background and added a fitting font for the labels. This method can be somewhat restrictive though if I have an idea in my head, I am planning on doing my own hand drawn art which I can then trace into Illustrator.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: alparent on March 21, 2014, 09:51:53 AM
OK thanks.....glad to know it's not just pure talent.......that means I have a glimpse of hope!

I don't have Illustrator but I do work with Inkscape. Should be able to do the same thing with that.

What do you mean you "trace"?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: greaser_au on March 21, 2014, 10:12:34 AM
http://www.amazon.de/Kemo-Entwickler-KEMO-fotopositive-Platinen/dp/B000YIYM2K/ref=sr_1_sc_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1394745292&sr=8-2-spell&keywords=platinenentwickler

When working with aluminium boxen, care needs to be taken here, many of these PCB etch resist developers are 90%+ caustic soda (sodium hydroxide, NaOH), which just LOVES aluminium :)

david
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on March 21, 2014, 10:24:13 AM
OK thanks.....glad to know it's not just pure talent.......that means I have a glimpse of hope!

I don't have Illustrator but I do work with Inkscape. Should be able to do the same thing with that.

What do you mean you "trace"?

If you already work with vectors then that's half the battle if you ask me! Tracing is just where you import a JPEG, Bitmap or other rasterised image into Illustrator/Inkscape and convert it to a vector image. Pretty sure Inkscape has similar function to Illustrator in that regard so you should be ok.

If you have any questions just let me know and I'll do my best to help! :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: haveyouseenhim on March 24, 2014, 12:00:00 AM
I am proud to announce that I am now a member of the enclosure etching club  :D :icon_smile: :icon_biggrin: :D :)

(http://i1267.photobucket.com/albums/jj545/haveyouseenhim/DSC09059_zps18ef47d0.jpg) (http://s1267.photobucket.com/user/haveyouseenhim/media/DSC09059_zps18ef47d0.jpg.html)

(http://i1267.photobucket.com/albums/jj545/haveyouseenhim/DSC09060_zps95da82e5.jpg) (http://s1267.photobucket.com/user/haveyouseenhim/media/DSC09060_zps95da82e5.jpg.html)

(http://i1267.photobucket.com/albums/jj545/haveyouseenhim/DSC09061_zps22de91d3.jpg) (http://s1267.photobucket.com/user/haveyouseenhim/media/DSC09061_zps22de91d3.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jdansti on March 24, 2014, 12:46:31 AM
Nice job!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: bluebunny on March 24, 2014, 04:51:33 AM
I am proud to announce that I am now a member of the enclosure etching club  :D :icon_smile: :icon_biggrin: :D :)

(http://i1267.photobucket.com/albums/jj545/haveyouseenhim/DSC09059_zps18ef47d0.jpg) (http://s1267.photobucket.com/user/haveyouseenhim/media/DSC09059_zps18ef47d0.jpg.html)

You're getting pretty accurate with the lead shot, Mike!  Nice job - looks great.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on March 24, 2014, 05:38:28 AM
+1 came out cool man... 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: garcho on March 24, 2014, 11:06:30 PM
welcome to the fold!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on March 25, 2014, 01:25:58 PM
I am proud to announce that I am now a member of the enclosure etching club  :D :icon_smile: :icon_biggrin: :D :)

(http://i1267.photobucket.com/albums/jj545/haveyouseenhim/DSC09059_zps18ef47d0.jpg)

Nice job man! :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mustachio on March 25, 2014, 04:49:10 PM
That looks awesome Mike! I thought you etched a few tube pedals way back?

Hey al , In inkscape under path try the trace bitmap option. Illustrator has something similar as well as a magnet tracing tool.

And about the tube guards, you can make your own with some washers spacers and bolts for a couple bucks.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: haveyouseenhim on March 25, 2014, 07:09:57 PM
That looks awesome Mike! I thought you etched a few tube pedals way back?

Thanks man. I did etch a few but I was using vinyl decals for the mask. Its effective but really limits the detail+ I don't have a plotter to make the mask myself.

I just ordered some press n peel from small bear and it worked first time 'round
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mustachio on March 25, 2014, 07:26:37 PM
Ah nice I knew you etched a box before! haha

That press'n peel is nice stuff. What happened to that fancy magazine paper you had, what was the magazine again ?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: haveyouseenhim on March 25, 2014, 08:56:03 PM
Ah nice I knew you etched a box before! haha

That press'n peel is nice stuff. What happened to that fancy magazine paper you had, what was the magazine again ?

Taylor guitars has a magazine called 'Wood and Steel' that works fantastic with etching PCBs. Not so much with enclosures. I'll send you one if you want it.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: mikitz on April 02, 2014, 02:42:48 PM
This is a Timmy v2... just for personal use. Hope you guys don't mind me sharing this.

(http://i.imgur.com/tG7PHg7.jpg)
it is a reverse etch, i messed up the first sanding so I had to do another layer of paint plus a clearcoat after, so the depth isn't really there anymore, but it still works.

(http://i.imgur.com/Oo1OvbI.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/MfMTeTn.jpg)
layout is from tagboardeffects.blogspot.com

i'd definitely recommend anyone who doesn't mind being on a waiting list for a few months to purchase the pedal directly. it is everything its cracked up to be.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: peterg on April 08, 2014, 06:32:28 PM
@giovanni:

what are you using to do your graphics?..

you need to use vector type graphics, (inkscape) exported to pdf to get ''clean unbroken edges''

for a neater etch...

Rob (and/or anyone else who cares to weigh in) - when I print from or export from Inkscape to PDF is get fuzzy edges. Is there a way to clean up the edges before printing or during printing? I have created text and used the filter colour invert to make the text clear/white then create a box with black fill to create the mask. Is there a better way?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: GGBB on April 08, 2014, 07:22:09 PM
Rob (and/or anyone else who cares to weigh in) - when I print from or export from Inkscape to PDF is get fuzzy edges. Is there a way to clean up the edges before printing or during printing? I have created text and used the filter colour invert to make the text clear/white then create a box with black fill to create the mask. Is there a better way?

How are you creating the text?  Are you using the text tool in Inkscape?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: jubal81 on April 08, 2014, 07:26:13 PM
Gradually getting better at this.

(http://cl.ly/image/2M2Y2O351r3E/Cornish.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mustachio on April 08, 2014, 07:42:29 PM
Wow Jub! That turned out great !
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: peterg on April 08, 2014, 08:08:15 PM
Rob (and/or anyone else who cares to weigh in) - when I print from or export from Inkscape to PDF is get fuzzy edges. Is there a way to clean up the edges before printing or during printing? I have created text and used the filter colour invert to make the text clear/white then create a box with black fill to create the mask. Is there a better way?

How are you creating the text?  Are you using the text tool in Inkscape?

Yes I am.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: GGBB on April 08, 2014, 08:49:33 PM
Hmm... son of a gun.  I just tried it and it appears to be the result of using the invert colour filter.  Use white text over the black background instead of converting black text to white with the invert filter.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: peterg on April 08, 2014, 09:23:08 PM
Thanks Gord. I haven't figured out how to change the font colour on inkscape but I'll look into it.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: GGBB on April 08, 2014, 09:57:49 PM
Thanks Gord. I haven't figured out how to change the font colour on inkscape but I'll look into it.

Select the text/text object, then click the colour on the Palette (the coloured squares along the bottom of the Inkscape window).  If you don't see the Palette, Select View->Show/Hide->Palette.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: wildebelor on April 09, 2014, 12:01:43 AM
Gradually getting better at this.

(http://cl.ly/image/2M2Y2O351r3E/Cornish.jpg)

Holy crap man! This is really awesome!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: glops on April 09, 2014, 02:46:48 AM
Gradually getting better at this.

(http://cl.ly/image/2M2Y2O351r3E/Cornish.jpg)

Very beautiful!!!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: bluebunny on April 09, 2014, 03:41:33 AM
Gradually getting better at this.

Gradually?  In this neck of the woods, we call that "immediately".   ;D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: TG Flatline on April 09, 2014, 05:04:20 AM
@jubal81 - Sweet etch dude, love the design too!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on April 09, 2014, 05:26:52 AM
Superb jubail... 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mustachio on April 09, 2014, 10:20:02 AM
Hey Peter try Ctrl+Shift+F it brings up the edit fill and stroke as well. Also it helps when designing layouts in inkscape to use layers.

Nice Looking Timmy too.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: peterg on April 09, 2014, 12:35:06 PM
Awesome Jubail

Mustachio and Gord. Thanks for the input. Changing the font colour instead of inverting it did the trick.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Entropic_Dissonance on April 10, 2014, 04:39:08 AM
Dallas Rangemaster Treble Booster inspired by Black Sabbath
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/t1.0-9/10256498_759887897378981_2866210874488107215_n.jpg)
(https://scontent-a-ord.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t1.0-9/1506595_759889384045499_5081267484392127571_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: allesz on April 10, 2014, 10:57:19 AM
Diysb pictures treads are my go to web pages.
The real pedal porn, with great artist all over the world contributing or, well, "performing"; I would like to perform too, but my boxes are always plain and boring (the good ones) or horrible (the numerous no good ones).

btw, nice pedal Enthropic_Dissonance, I assume that also the black innards are sabbath inspired.... 
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Benoit08 on April 10, 2014, 03:24:45 PM
Dallas Rangemaster Treble Booster inspired by Black Sabbath
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/t1.0-9/10256498_759887897378981_2866210874488107215_n.jpg)
(https://scontent-a-ord.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t1.0-9/1506595_759889384045499_5081267484392127571_n.jpg)

what transistor did you use ??


thanks !


Benoit
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Entropic_Dissonance on April 14, 2014, 02:27:40 PM
I used a military spec OC-44 from
http://www.smallbearelec.com/servlet/Detail?no=273 (http://www.smallbearelec.com/servlet/Detail?no=273)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on April 14, 2014, 02:33:58 PM
^ nice, and a decadant use of space...ahhhhhhhh....no squeezing. ;) 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Perrow on April 14, 2014, 02:36:51 PM
^ nice, and a decadant use of space...ahhhhhhhh....no squeezing. ;) 8)

What do you mean? He's got standing resistors, you never have standing resistors unless you're short on space  :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on April 14, 2014, 03:13:38 PM
hi pelle,  ;D oh yeah, even had the audacity to have standing components...brilliant 8)

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Entropic_Dissonance on April 14, 2014, 04:52:33 PM
It was originally going to be an IC Big Muff but I couldn't get it to fit how I wanted it to due to the depth of the enclosure. I had the veroboard with the rangemaster circuit soldered from a while ago. I really wanted to try out etching for the first time and I got the idea to do this with the rangemaster, a total waste of space but it came out really nice.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Tony Forestiere on April 14, 2014, 08:14:24 PM
...but it came out really nice.
Yes. It did. Welcome to this place. I like the LED in the etched star. Very neat.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: nicoo on April 15, 2014, 02:56:30 PM
My last build, a modded EHX Bassballs clone :

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2903/13877338445_cef21fc4db_z.jpg)
(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2856/13877398163_587b072b24_z.jpg)
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7186/13877334085_fdda8c9d8b_z_d.jpg)
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3704/13877756204_ebc8735bc4_z_d.jpg)

And a quick build for a friend (he's Ribery's fan :icon_lol:), a MXR Distortion+ :

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7406/13877383023_a4d53b94f7_z_d.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Alejandro B. on April 17, 2014, 08:50:09 AM
Thanks to all etchers!!! After a couple of years building, etching, lots of tries... I´ve found my personal method to etch. It´s inspired in all your toturials and my personal experience. This is what I can make right now. In a couple of years more I hope that I´ll improve my skills  :icon_mrgreen:.

Here you have two MKIII tonebeders with AC125 germanium.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/t1.0-9/10007516_542600582523321_1772290191_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/t1.0-9/10157261_542600642523315_1066106467_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/t1.0-9/603626_547598038690242_8088232991409625649_n.jpg)

(https://scontent-a-fra.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/t1.0-9/10251955_547597978690248_2097713837938962855_n.jpg)

Rock on Boys!!!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on April 17, 2014, 08:52:53 AM
 8) 8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: peterg on April 21, 2014, 08:43:42 PM
Nice builts Alejandro!

A GGG Mini Mixer with 3 inputs in order to fit it into a 1590b box.

 Does anyone know how to remove all the black stuff (carbon ?) From the etch to get a cleaner look?

(http://www.aronnelson.com/gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=50843&g2_serialNumber=1)(http://www.aronnelson.com/gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=50846&g2_serialNumber=1)(http://www.aronnelson.com/gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=50847&g2_serialNumber=1)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: thelonious on April 21, 2014, 09:10:39 PM
Does anyone know how to remove all the black stuff (carbon ?) From the etch to get a cleaner look?

0000 super fine steel wool works pretty well for me. Looks great, btw!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: peterg on April 22, 2014, 08:10:03 AM
Thanks Tristan. I'll givve steel wool a try on the next one.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: wildebelor on April 22, 2014, 08:58:17 AM
Here is something I cooked up quickly last night.
Heavily modded rat with FAC depth control

(http://37.media.tumblr.com/fe0e5c522f6319e3086ffadac06d1c69/tumblr_n4dn7cptzD1qlg5mro1_500.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Alejandro B. on April 22, 2014, 02:24:07 PM
Nice builts Alejandro!

A GGG Mini Mixer with 3 inputs in order to fit it into a 1590b box.

 Does anyone know how to remove all the black stuff (carbon ?) From the etch to get a cleaner look?


Thanks peterg!!!!

I use the finest water sand paper available and also acetone. Even I use the glass-ceramic hob cleaner, use a good brand and you will see how it removes a lot of the black stuff. Nevertheless I never obtain a clean clean finish specially in borders, corners, tiny spaces... but they give the pedal character!! ;D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Alejandro B. on April 22, 2014, 02:32:50 PM
Posted in main thread but being etched.....

(https://scontent-b-mxp.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/t1.0-9/1098286_532687673514612_863838900_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/t1.0-9/1231327_532687490181297_292384013_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/v/t1.0-9/1795587_532687543514625_249185093_n.jpg?oh=514057f3e972cb02cf5f174dfa2d9ad6&oe=53CDDE83&__gda__=1405513429_4af7791d3f042e745d1ced1b18621801)

 ::) ::) ::) ::)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jdansti on April 22, 2014, 03:37:05 PM
Very nice! 

Are those clear washers on the switches, or are my eyes playing tricks on me?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Alejandro B. on April 22, 2014, 03:56:32 PM
Thanks, and no tricks!!! Here you have my supplier:

http://www.ebay.es/itm/231041027620?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2648

 ;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jdansti on April 22, 2014, 04:09:02 PM
You may have started a clear washer trend!  :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: GGBB on April 23, 2014, 10:35:07 AM
Thanks, and no tricks!!! Here you have my supplier:

http://www.ebay.es/itm/231041027620?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2648

 ;)

Acrylic?  Have you had any crack on you?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: duck_arse on April 23, 2014, 11:08:29 AM
alejandro - have you tried using a brass-wire brush to get those hard to reach places? nice box, by the way. nice washers too. they might go good on dc sockets w/ external nut (power-good glow?).
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Alejandro B. on April 23, 2014, 02:07:36 PM
Acrylic?  Have you had any crack on you?

No, after 6 months using them. And some have been used consistently!!!! So they seem pretty tough!!!

Quote
alejandro - have you tried using a brass-wire brush to get those hard to reach places? nice box, by the way. nice washers too. they might go good on dc sockets w/ external nut (power-good glow?).

Thanks duck! I´ll try with that brush next time.

For the price you can buy them and discover new uses for them!!

Good to show you something to all of you... even if it´s a simple washer  :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mika on April 25, 2014, 03:16:37 PM
= Bass Filter =

(https://scontent-a-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/t1.0-9/34808_168016779904802_835882_n.jpg)
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/t1.0-9/156805_168016799904800_7381031_n.jpg)
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/t1.0-9/63429_168016806571466_7221304_n.jpg)
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/t1.0-9/155790_168016836571463_3999406_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mika on April 25, 2014, 03:21:34 PM
= Zen Drive =

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc1/t1.0-9/73814_158007814239032_7703081_n.jpg)
(https://scontent-a-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash2/t1.0-9/33699_158007837572363_4887661_n.jpg)
(https://scontent-b-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/t1.0-9/68784_158007864239027_3255306_n.jpg)
(https://scontent-a-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/t1.0-9/73473_158007897572357_3778358_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mika on April 25, 2014, 05:06:58 PM
= Big Muff Soviet for Bass Guitar =

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/t1.0-9/71950_158007174239096_1685188_n.jpg)

(https://scontent-b-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/t1.0-9/33930_158007114239102_3921392_n.jpg)

(https://scontent-b-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/t1.0-9/71522_158007137572433_2004719_n.jpg)

(https://scontent-a-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/t1.0-9/73584_158007160905764_6096188_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mika on April 25, 2014, 05:14:01 PM
= RAT =

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/t1.0-9/72578_157988120907668_595253_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/t1.0-9/73114_157988200907660_4524574_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/t1.0-9/67778_157988180907662_5761788_n.jpg)

(https://scontent-a-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/t1.0-9/73476_157988224240991_4249213_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mika on April 25, 2014, 05:18:43 PM
= KOT - King Off Tone =

(https://scontent-a-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/t1.0-9/74275_163242430382237_1757919_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/t1.0-9/148609_163242447048902_1274489_n.jpg)

(https://scontent-b-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/t1.0-9/73654_163242463715567_269673_n.jpg)

(https://scontent-a-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc1/t1.0-9/1898085_696455050394303_192488705_n.jpg)

(https://scontent-a-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc1/t1.0-9/10004024_696455043727637_1948880976_n.jpg)

(https://scontent-a-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/t1.0-9/1975225_696455077060967_1988528505_n.jpg)

(https://scontent-a-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/t1.0-9/149920_163242423715571_410648_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: haveyouseenhim on April 25, 2014, 07:22:16 PM
Dude. You are on a whole new level.  Nice work and welcome to the forum :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on April 25, 2014, 07:28:03 PM
+1 awesome work man... 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: wildebelor on April 25, 2014, 07:32:17 PM
I posted this elsewhere but because it's an etch, thought it should be here!

(http://37.media.tumblr.com/fe0e5c522f6319e3086ffadac06d1c69/tumblr_n4dn7cptzD1qlg5mro1_500.jpg)

Heavily modded rat with an FAC switch.
All in a MASSIVE enclosure about the size of a bible haha
Made this one night when my partner was out watching buddy guy!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: peterg on April 25, 2014, 08:45:03 PM
NB - that is a big box! I like the industrial look.

Mika - nice deep etches. What are you using for etchant?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: duck_arse on April 26, 2014, 11:28:41 AM
so, mika, you got your etching method sorted yet? way to make an impression.

nice boxes, too.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mika on April 26, 2014, 12:28:50 PM
= BSIAB =
(Brounn Sound in a Box)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc3/t1.0-9/250832_427511813955296_1777542039_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc3/t1.0-9/527871_427505480622596_1253341798_n.jpg)

(https://scontent-a-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash2/t1.0-9/208919_427511877288623_651168263_n.jpg)

[img][/https://scontent-a-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash2/t1.0-9/557166_427505443955933_1060264116_n.jpgimg]
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mika on April 26, 2014, 12:34:12 PM
= Tube Screamer =

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/t1.0-9/71694_158010327572114_5296053_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/t1.0-9/71542_158010340905446_6860304_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/t1.0-9/67641_158010370905443_5978864_n.jpg)

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mika on April 26, 2014, 12:39:05 PM
= Screddy Mayo =

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/t1.0-9/539457_427497100623434_1583318965_n.jpg)

(https://scontent-a-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/t1.0-9/602361_427482657291545_1152132543_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/t1.0-9/403779_427497077290103_546691314_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: nicoo on April 26, 2014, 02:07:29 PM
A Ross Compressor clone...
(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2903/13998955246_c5f80c887a_d.jpg)
(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2919/14018884001_9084f77474.jpg)
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5159/14018880871_25fba83681.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mika on April 26, 2014, 02:55:23 PM
= BB Preamp = Xotic =
(Examples)

(https://scontent-a-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t1.0-9/10155328_722347674471707_7000174927566384030_n.jpg)

(https://scontent-a-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t1.0-9/988883_722347671138374_165448914560299349_n.jpg)

(https://scontent-b-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/t1.0-9/10168123_722347687805039_4692432818340803944_n.jpg)

(https://scontent-b-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/t1.0-9/10314029_722347697805038_3112743125457360715_n.jpg)

(https://scontent-a-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/l/t1.0-9/970192_722347641138377_5762590376238124505_n.jpg)

(https://scontent-a-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t1.0-9/1922137_722347754471699_5473390033961072031_n.jpg)

(https://scontent-a-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/t1.0-9/1610098_722347834471691_1401696532061650076_n.jpg)



Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mika on April 26, 2014, 02:58:05 PM
= ROSS Compressor =

(https://scontent-a-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/t1.0-9/72516_158011007572046_3416506_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/t1.0-9/74424_158010984238715_2706065_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/t1.0-9/73675_158011024238711_1943202_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/t1.0-9/66378_158011040905376_1853641_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mika on April 26, 2014, 03:10:14 PM
= Another Ross Compressor =

(https://scontent-b-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/t1.0-9/10168017_722361987803609_382382510130758179_n.jpg)

(https://scontent-b-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/t1.0-9/1544400_722361994470275_408063836467435145_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/t1.0-9/1907983_722362011136940_500328815051751633_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mika on April 26, 2014, 03:21:01 PM
= Compressor DOD 280A =
(with vactrol)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc1/t1.0-9/10305069_722366121136529_2227395465498801139_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/t1.0-9/10178024_722366094469865_895131751237691393_n.jpg)

(https://scontent-a-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/t1.0-9/10157224_722366117803196_7449400532242302886_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mika on April 26, 2014, 03:41:03 PM
= DR. BOOGEY =

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc1/t1.0-9/10257005_722373061135835_5113072278226256345_n.jpg)

(https://scontent-b-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/t1.0-9/10255863_722373054469169_7745090234131991236_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/t1.0-9/10152024_722373064469168_6544703056371192111_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/t1.0-9/10171802_722373111135830_9142676174516865350_n.jpg)

(https://scontent-a-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc1/t1.0-9/10155372_722373107802497_1063010457498737549_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/t1.0-9/10300317_722373121135829_5847707486794673136_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/v/t1.0-9/10274187_722373154469159_4128996885175112122_n.jpg?oh=09bbc12f4c5c306729ba1e7c45f80baf&oe=53D3BA1E&__gda__=1406098660_9176f8716d8b84afb9746be9b88a8419)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jdansti on April 26, 2014, 05:25:38 PM
@Mika-Where the hell have you been to suddenly show up and inundate us with so many absolutely excellent etchings?!?! :icon_eek:

We're not going to let you get away with continuing to post immaculate work without sharing your secrets!!!  :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mika on April 26, 2014, 06:56:12 PM
@Mika-Where the hell have you been to suddenly show up and inundate us with so many absolutely excellent etchings?!?! :icon_eek:

We're not going to let you get away with continuing to post immaculate work without sharing your secrets!!!  :)

Ok... tanks
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: haveyouseenhim on April 26, 2014, 06:59:11 PM
"I had this doctor and all he ever did was draw blood.   His name was DR. Acula"     -Mitch Hedberg
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mika on April 27, 2014, 10:51:17 AM
= Flanger FL 301 =

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/t1.0-9/71742_158012144238599_1885379_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/t1.0-9/69892_158012157571931_2329230_n.jpg)

(https://scontent-b-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/t1.0-9/71954_158012170905263_1404701_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/t1.0-9/33549_158012180905262_8330553_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/t1.0-9/74061_158012230905257_2096433_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Govmnt_Lacky on April 27, 2014, 11:19:06 AM
@Mika

Sweet builds!

What's your website?

Spring is in the air and the flowers are in FULL BLOOM!!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mika on April 27, 2014, 01:28:48 PM
= MXR Microamp =

(https://scontent-b-mad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/t1.0-9/154173_166559713383842_5924506_n.jpg)

(https://scontent-a-mad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/t1.0-9/155845_166559723383841_8093220_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/t1.0-9/76901_166559736717173_7508389_n.jpg)

(https://scontent-b-mad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/t1.0-9/148662_166559760050504_2147355_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mika on April 27, 2014, 01:40:42 PM
= Neo Vibe =
(Big Box)

(https://scontent-a-mad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/t1.0-9/74190_158013137571833_3518957_n.jpg)

(https://scontent-a-mad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/t1.0-9/67611_158013154238498_1157336_n.jpg)

(https://scontent-b-mad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/t1.0-9/39591_158013177571829_4437009_n.jpg)

(https://scontent-a-mad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash2/t1.0-9/37160_158013130905167_3522312_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: peterg on April 27, 2014, 02:49:10 PM
A Ross Compressor clone...
(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2903/13998955246_c5f80c887a_d.jpg)
(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2919/14018884001_9084f77474.jpg)
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5159/14018880871_25fba83681.jpg)

Nice work Nicoo
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mika on April 28, 2014, 03:06:59 PM
= SHO =
(Super Hard On)

(https://scontent-b-mad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/t1.0-9/73132_158009864238827_3370097_n.jpg)

(https://scontent-b-mad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/t1.0-9/74489_158009854238828_7027860_n.jpg)

(https://scontent-a-mad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/t1.0-9/69036_158009847572162_690886_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/t1.0-9/37165_158009837572163_1716216_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/t1.0-9/68854_158009800905500_1468495_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/t1.0-9/67280_158009820905498_5254832_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mika on April 28, 2014, 03:13:58 PM
= MI audio Crunch =

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/t1.0-9/34401_158000990906381_5378421_n.jpg)

(https://scontent-a-mad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc1/t1.0-9/66365_158000974239716_4476889_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc3/t1.0-9/33641_158000937573053_3279404_n.jpg)

(https://scontent-b-mad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/t1.0-9/69827_158000927573054_5921040_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mika on April 28, 2014, 03:17:19 PM
= Patch Bay =

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/t1.0-9/33742_157981057575041_4305601_n.jpg)

(https://scontent-a-mad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/t1.0-9/69004_157981184241695_2528642_n.jpg)

(https://scontent-b-mad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/t1.0-9/73500_157981200908360_3136608_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Govmnt_Lacky on April 28, 2014, 03:25:04 PM
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/t1.0-9/76901_166559736717173_7508389_n.jpg)

(https://scontent-b-mad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/t1.0-9/39591_158013177571829_4437009_n.jpg)

WHOOOOOOOOOP THERE IT IS!!  ::)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mika on April 28, 2014, 07:23:41 PM
WHOOOOOOOOOP THERE IT IS!!  ::)

?   ???   :-\ 
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: vigilante397 on April 28, 2014, 07:38:13 PM
Found it :)

http://mrmika.wix.com/home#!__mika-pedais

Really excellent work mate. Serious kudos.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mika on April 29, 2014, 03:13:36 PM
= Big Bit Fuzz =
Two circuits on the same project. Mixing analog with digital fuzz.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/t1.0-9/10171008_723772874329187_555890633106795095_n.jpg)

(https://scontent-b-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t1.0-9/10258293_723772897662518_3238101045938570171_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/t1.0-9/10256903_723772877662520_8078224024889177444_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mika on April 29, 2014, 03:23:14 PM
= Fuzz Factory =

(https://scontent-b-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/t1.0-9/66595_158011857571961_4995355_n.jpg)

(https://scontent-b-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/t1.0-9/69086_158011867571960_102000_n.jpg)

(https://scontent-a-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/t1.0-9/72709_158011894238624_2056065_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on April 29, 2014, 03:30:17 PM
hands up who thinks mika should be banned.. :D ;)


nice work man. 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Govmnt_Lacky on April 29, 2014, 03:38:01 PM
hands up who thinks mika should be banned.. :D ;)

Dont need anyone BANNED but, it would be nice if he shared some of his techniques to this DIY community. I have seen enough pictures in the last 3 days to know they are good.  ;D

Or even sharing some insight on his circuits, build notes, etc.

I know you get more hits by putting up the pictures but DANG..... it is beauty overload now!  :icon_eek:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: SmoothAction on April 29, 2014, 03:56:43 PM
Half-Life logo FTW!!!  :D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jdansti on April 29, 2014, 04:28:13 PM
Maybe there's a language barrier.

@Mika- Você fala Inglês?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mika on April 29, 2014, 06:47:04 PM
Maybe there's a language barrier.

@Mika- Você fala Inglês?


yes... little  :icon_rolleyes: but enough to speak and understand
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jdansti on April 29, 2014, 06:58:04 PM
That is good.  You have a lot of nice pedals. Many of us would like to know how you get such clean etchings. Would you please let us know what chemicals you use?  Do you have any advice for getting good results? 
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mika on April 30, 2014, 01:54:26 PM
That is good.  You have a lot of nice pedals. Many of us would like to know how you get such clean etchings. Would you please let us know what chemicals you use?  Do you have any advice for getting good results? 


I use press-n-peel blue to transfer the design onto the can with iron. After using iron perchlorate.
http://www.banzaimusic.com/Press-n-Peel-Blue.html (http://www.banzaimusic.com/Press-n-Peel-Blue.html)
http://www.banzaimusic.com/Ferrum-III-Chloride-1kg.html (http://www.banzaimusic.com/Ferrum-III-Chloride-1kg.html)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: vigilante397 on April 30, 2014, 02:33:27 PM
So basically standard stuff a lot of people use, just with a lot of patience, creativity, and a steady hand  ;D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Alejandro B. on April 30, 2014, 03:11:14 PM
Alreadey posted in 1590A thread... but it is also etched  :icon_mrgreen:

(https://scontent-b-mad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/t1.0-9/10154023_555707827879263_2199777849207266850_n.jpg)

(https://scontent-a-mad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/t1.0-9/10329263_555707647879281_1952066340610603229_n.jpg)

(https://scontent-a-mad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t1.0-9/10305077_555707811212598_4148269597299786532_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jdansti on April 30, 2014, 06:05:01 PM
That is good.  You have a lot of nice pedals. Many of us would like to know how you get such clean etchings. Would you please let us know what chemicals you use?  Do you have any advice for getting good results? 


I use press-n-peel blue to transfer the design onto the can with iron. After using iron perchlorate.
http://www.banzaimusic.com/Press-n-Peel-Blue.html (http://www.banzaimusic.com/Press-n-Peel-Blue.html)
http://www.banzaimusic.com/Ferrum-III-Chloride-1kg.html (http://www.banzaimusic.com/Ferrum-III-Chloride-1kg.html)

Thanks, Mika. You do a great job with it!!! :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: hylandren on May 01, 2014, 04:25:03 PM
Mika - Thanks for sharing your beautiful etches and telling us what you use. Inspiring!
I too use PNP blue, but use Ferric Chloride as an etchant. Is Ferrum III Chloride easier to work with? Sharper edges?

Alejandro B - Great Croc/lizard skin etch, man!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: vigilante397 on May 01, 2014, 04:53:24 PM
Mika - Thanks for sharing your beautiful etches and telling us what you use. Inspiring!
I too use PNP blue, but use Ferric Chloride as an etchant. Is Ferrum III Chloride easier to work with? Sharper edges?

Ferrum III Chloride is just a different name for Ferric Chloride, they're the same thing. Ferrum is the Latin word for iron, Ferric is (in my understanding) the English adjective form. The chemical composition is FeCl3, thus Ferrum III Chloride.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: psychedelicfish on May 01, 2014, 06:53:20 PM
Mika - Thanks for sharing your beautiful etches and telling us what you use. Inspiring!
I too use PNP blue, but use Ferric Chloride as an etchant. Is Ferrum III Chloride easier to work with? Sharper edges?

Ferrum III Chloride is just a different name for Ferric Chloride, they're the same thing. Ferrum is the Latin word for iron, Ferric is (in my understanding) the English adjective form. The chemical composition is FeCl3, thus Ferrum III Chloride.
You've almost got it.

When some chemicals react, some of the electrons from one reactant will swap over to the other reactant. This is so that the valence (outer) electron shell is completely full. Some elements (metals) need to get rid of a few electrons to get a full valence shell, whereas others (nonmetals on the right hand side of the periodic table) need to gain only a few electrons to get a full shell. Some elements, those on the column furthest to the right, already have a full valence shell nd thus will not react with anything (these are called noble gases). When these elements react and swap electrons, one element becomes positively charged (more protons in the nucleus than electrons in the electron shells) whereas the other element becomes negatively charged (more electrons in the electron shells than protons in the nucleus). These charged particles are called ions.

Just like magnetic fields of opposite polarities, these positively and negatively charged ions stick together, which is called an ionic bond. When you look at ionic bonds formed by elements in the middle of the periodic table, things start to get a bit messy. Elements like iron can lose either 2 or 3 electrons. Chemists have to differentiate between these two different iron ions, so they give them different names. Fe2+, or iron (II) is the iron ion that has lost 2 electrons, while Fe3+, or iron (III) is the one that has lost 3 electrons. There are older names for these different iron ions, Ferrous (Fe2+) and Ferric (Fe3+)

FeCl3 has the Iron (III) ion in it, which is why it's called ferric chloride. Ferrum is the latin word for iron, as you said, so Ferrum (III) is the same as Iron (III) and Ferric.

Sorry about the chemistry lesson, BTW.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: hylandren on May 02, 2014, 08:43:40 AM
vigilante397 and psychedelicfish thanks for the explanations.
Perhaps I should have already known that, but sadly, I am the product of a small rural Texas school system... :icon_redface:

psychedelicfish, my thoughts while reading your explanation reminded me of a line from a Don Henley song: 
"She looked at me,
uncomprehendingly,
like a cow at a passing train."
 :icon_lol:



Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jdansti on May 02, 2014, 12:54:56 PM
>Sorry about the chemistry lesson, BTW.

But you didn't explain the d3 orbital geometry... ;D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: garcho on May 02, 2014, 01:09:15 PM
I love this forum.

I just found out the downtown Chicago library has a 3D printer and laser etching lab...  :o
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: vigilante397 on May 02, 2014, 03:06:00 PM
I love this forum.

I just found out the downtown Chicago library has a 3D printer and laser etching lab...  :o

Pics or it didn't happen  ;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Alejandro B. on May 02, 2014, 04:08:09 PM
Since we´re talking about acids and finishes, I wanted to share my method and tools to etch. I´m going to make a quick guide, if someone needs more, let me know it and i´ll try to expand details:

- I begin with a quality negative of my desing printed in a laser printer. I go to a copy shop where I obtain quality copies in glossy paper, very similar to those used in quality gossip press  :icon_mrgreen:. I ask for glossy paper (not the kind used in photos, just glossy but still without that characteristic plastic feeling of photo papers. Hope you understand me).
- After wet sanding the enclosure with grain 360 and 500, I clean it with soap. You can use any product, but soap is good.
- Strong ironing going over the whole surface with the tip of the iron. I make all possible direcctions (vertical, horizontal, both diagonls) leaving the flat of the iron some minutes between each direcction.
- When I see all paper stick to the encluse I leave it to get cold before putting it into water.
- I leave it in water until it peels off alone.
- Remove all the cellulose with your finger and check everything have transferred ok.
- Steal nearer nail polish (can also be yours  :icon_mrgreen:) and with a thin brush protect everything you can. Also make a border throughout the whole top of the enclosure to avoid acid leaks.
- Mix 1 part of nitirc acid (agua fuerte in Spain, stong liquid used to clean filthy things like forgotten baths  :icon_mrgreen:) with 2 parts of 10% hydrogen peroxide (the one used to cure little wounds)
- Put it in each etchable part with a dropper. Don´t make lakes with acid, put what you need avoiding bubbles (if it bubbles means that you put too much)
- After 3-4 minutes remove the acid with a cottom ball and put new acid.
- Repeat this boredom for 1 hour and a quarter.
- In the last 20 minutes you can add more acid to the enclosure if you want a deep etch. But be carefull, the process at this stage can deceive you.
- Also in this last 20 minutes (more or less, with practice you "feel" what´s going on) you can use the cottom ball to remove part of the black stuff created due to the acid action. Helps to improve the depth.
- After all this is done, clean with water in a safe place (don´t spoil nothing or your wife/mother will have some words with you) and make sure that the etching has been depth enough.
- Clean the whole thing with several cotton balls coated with nail polish remover (the one with acetone)

After all this you can end in two ways:

- Paint in black (choose your color) all the etched areas, correct with wet sanding, polish and clear coat.
- Don´t paint the etched desings, clean it to the bone, polish and clear coat.

For polish I use my drill and those two famous compounds (the blue one and the brown one).

Hope it helps you as much as all tutorials in this forum have help me!!!

PS: Someone asked for a tutorial while I was writting mine... here it goes my humble experience.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: GGBB on May 02, 2014, 04:53:09 PM
(https://scontent-a-mad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/t1.0-9/10329263_555707647879281_1952066340610603229_n.jpg)

That washer looks downright acrylicious!  (The etch isn't so bad either   :icon_mrgreen:)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Kitarist on May 03, 2014, 05:55:07 AM
I would like to ask if its normal for etch to leave black weird color on the enclosure that you have to sand down?

This happened to two of my etches and first i thought its the etching substance and change it to something else and same thing happened...

Anyone got a clue why this happens?

Could it be the laser printer "color"? (Using the laser and heat method to put the label on the enclosure)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on May 03, 2014, 02:06:51 PM
do you mean the toner goes greyish when ironed on?.. that is normal.

or the metal part that is etched?...if so that is why most of us give it a shot of black to make it more defined (matt in my case)

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Entropic_Dissonance on May 04, 2014, 12:39:31 AM
Back with three more pedals
MXR Distortion II
Univox Super-Fuzz (first pedal I ever built, gave the enclosure an overhaul)
EHX Big Muff (Op-Amp version)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/t1.0-9/p526x296/10312679_772550839446020_2805721109185276568_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on May 05, 2014, 03:29:22 PM
Catalinbread SFT / Madbean Faultline

(http://37.media.tumblr.com/5aaf189e570be2a7844ff69837d50975/tumblr_n547paJDnQ1s7epwwo3_500.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: garcho on May 05, 2014, 03:43:32 PM
^ jaw dropping, bravo!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: wildebelor on May 07, 2014, 05:48:18 PM
(http://31.media.tumblr.com/ad34f12a09a4a9ffb9c3ed3a10f9f17b/tumblr_n574klY1Jn1qlg5mro1_500.jpg)

Sonic Violence with FAC depth control!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on May 12, 2014, 04:59:28 AM
Ross Comp

(https://31.media.tumblr.com/e50865e5091472379f4c244601766c04/tumblr_n5gcz9kqkL1s7epwwo2_500.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on May 12, 2014, 05:03:11 AM
(http://31.media.tumblr.com/ad34f12a09a4a9ffb9c3ed3a10f9f17b/tumblr_n574klY1Jn1qlg5mro1_500.jpg)

Sonic Violence with FAC depth control!

Really like the look of these man! The oversize enclosure is cool, what size are they? I've got a Pharaoh to build and have been thinking about doing a big box for it.

What circuit is it btw?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: wildebelor on May 14, 2014, 09:01:25 PM

Really like the look of these man! The oversize enclosure is cool, what size are they? I've got a Pharaoh to build and have been thinking about doing a big box for it.

What circuit is it btw?

It's a heavy modded rat with the FAC control - secret sauce!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on May 15, 2014, 04:11:42 AM
It's a heavy modded rat with the FAC control - secret sauce!

Cool, I've still not built a Rat yet, was thinking about doing a pedal that stacks two together for some ultra doom! I'm a Sunn O))) fan haha! Do they need fiddling with to get a good low end from or are they ok stock?

Also could you tell me what size enclosure that is, I think I've found one similar that is 146mm x 120mm, I quite like the idea of doing a bigger box as I've mainly stuck to 1590Bs so far. I've got a Pharaoh build to do so a big enclosure seems appropriate! :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: wildebelor on May 16, 2014, 06:24:12 PM
Yeah I'm about to go see them play with Earth! It's going to be amazing.
I think it's a 1590DD enclosure.
It's also pretty excellent stock! My Laney AOR has the pots you can pull to add extra boost in frequencies… I dime my bass and pull the pot for huge bass.
That being said, two rats together isn't anything as special as I thought it would be.
A rat and heavier fuzz of some kind (maybe a dark meathead) would be what I would do!

 :icon_cool:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on May 20, 2014, 07:14:09 AM
Yeah I'm about to go see them play with Earth! It's going to be amazing.

I saw them with a quadraphonic PA set up a couple of years ago, nowhere to hide! Was brutal!! Amazing though. Hope you enjoy/did enjoy the gig!

A rat and heavier fuzz of some kind (maybe a dark meathead) would be what I would do!

Now that is a great idea, definitely got the ol' cogs turning! :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: mikitz on May 27, 2014, 08:11:35 PM
A couple bees... one has a bear (foot), one does not.


(http://i.imgur.com/vpYOfeA.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/khNEJHI.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on May 28, 2014, 05:02:23 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/vpYOfeA.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/khNEJHI.jpg)

These look great man! Very neat job on the etching and I like the use of colour, I keep thinking about trying a reverse etch with colour myself but it's still on the to-do list!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on May 28, 2014, 05:30:17 AM
+1 , thry have a nice retro look about them colour wise...nice. :icon_cool:


@hex: of all the etches ive done ive never done a reverse either....one day eh.. :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on May 28, 2014, 05:38:21 AM
@hex: of all the etches ive done ive never done a reverse either....one day eh.. :)

Yeah man, I've done a few reverse jobs but always just stuck with good ol' black enamel for some reason! :)

A reverse one I did recently;
(http://24.media.tumblr.com/5aaf189e570be2a7844ff69837d50975/tumblr_n547paJDnQ1s7epwwo3_500.jpg)

Seen some great looking ones using colour instead, they can really pop out!

Check these out, from a chap (selfdestroyer) over on the Madbean forum, I think they look great;

(http://music.codydeschenes.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/20140504-232759.jpg)

(http://music.codydeschenes.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/20140505-195448.jpg)

(http://music.codydeschenes.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/20140504-005116.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on May 28, 2014, 06:05:57 AM
yeah i see what you mean, very nice.. 8)

the black is classic though..your design with the green jewel looks the nuts with that grill at the bottom too. cool. 8)

i'm surprised that a lot of people ake photos without the led/light on...(avoiding glare i guess) but i love a good light. 8)

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: duck_arse on May 28, 2014, 07:40:24 AM
A couple bees... one has a bear (foot), one does not.


(http://i.imgur.com/vpYOfeA.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/khNEJHI.jpg)

very subtle. I would say very minimalist too, but I keep wondering "where did all that metal go?" where did all that metal go? how deep an etch did you do (I hope the answer is "a minimal amount")?

seems to be a lot of yellow in builds lately.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: greaser_au on May 28, 2014, 08:38:59 AM
...but I keep wondering "where did all that metal go?" where did all that metal go?...

Probably down the dunny (with the etchant),  mate!   :)
david
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: mikitz on May 28, 2014, 11:37:10 AM
Thanks for the nice comments. I used Tremclad (same as Rustoleum) and then regular enamel to get a deeper yellow... although next time I'd just do all tremclad. Lighter colours like yellow are a pain to cover (for me anyway).

I've made 9 pedals so far and still reusing the same ferric chloride! Found a great post from Mark Hammer for disposing of Ferric Chloride when the time comes.. http://www.diystompboxes.com/smfforum/index.php?topic=50426.msg377103#msg377103
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Freppo on May 28, 2014, 03:27:23 PM
Hi there folks!

Here's my tries at etching... damn it's hard. :P
I can't how some people manage to do those super clean etches.
My third was a complete disaster..  :icon_cry: But the last one turned out good, finally!
I've had no luck with ferrit cloride. Tried Cautic Soda on the last one.
Followed the tutorial by DIY guitar effects and it turned out much better.  :icon_biggrin:
The Caustic Soda seemed to not eat away the toner as fast.

(http://parasitstudio.weebly.com/uploads/2/4/4/9/2449159/3173760_orig.jpg)

Cheers
/ Fredrik
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: mikitz on May 28, 2014, 09:23:27 PM
Hey Freppo, try different paper, that was the key for me anyway. Are you using inkjet photo paper with a laser printer? I found cheap dollar store inkjet photo paper worked the best... doesn't require any soaking at all.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Freppo on May 31, 2014, 06:58:53 AM
Hey Freppo, try different paper, that was the key for me anyway. Are you using inkjet photo paper with a laser printer? I found cheap dollar store inkjet photo paper worked the best... doesn't require any soaking at all.

Thanks for the tip! I  will try different papers
cheers / Freppo
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Entropic_Dissonance on June 01, 2014, 04:55:44 AM
Hey Freppo, try different paper, that was the key for me anyway. Are you using inkjet photo paper with a laser printer? I found cheap dollar store inkjet photo paper worked the best... doesn't require any soaking at all.

Press and Peel Blue works the best, and works with Ferric Chloride, it's pricey but I could never get photo paper to transfer nicely. and this saves a lot of hassle and time. since sanding a failed transfer off get annoying after the eighth time.
spray paint the sides and inside of the box with a cheap flat black paint. (If you sanded it fine enough the paint will sand off with 600 grit with ease)
then use an enamel touch up paint to cover the rest of the exposed areas.
the inside can stay black, this will also prevent shorting.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on June 01, 2014, 04:25:18 PM
it really depends on what paper you have, ive used tesco's home brand glossy forever and it works flawlessly,

just let the box cool a little and peel off..no gunk, no fuss, .YMMV...
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: italianguy63 on June 01, 2014, 04:38:57 PM
I went through the whole paper hunt fiasco.  Best paper I found for the money is "HP Premium Presentation Paper 120g"

Product #CG988A

Used some today-- look at the etch/my post in the 1590A thread.  I'm defintely getting better at it.

MC
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: vigilante397 on June 02, 2014, 05:54:55 PM
This is my first (and so far last) etching attempt. Either I'm really bad at this or I made it difficult by using a steel enclosure (footswitch from a Marshall amplifier). Or probably both. Either way, this is my Steel RAT.

(http://i.imgur.com/UsCUrHA.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: bluebunny on June 03, 2014, 03:35:05 AM
. . . this is my Steel RAT.

Harry Harrison (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stainless_Steel_Rat) would've been proud.   :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Liquitone on June 03, 2014, 05:05:44 AM
That steel Rat looks great! I Used the exact same Marshall switch for a custom '19inch flipster and wanted to use metal letter stamps, but gave up because that steel is really tough. I bet it was difficult to etch as well?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: vigilante397 on June 03, 2014, 11:11:30 AM
That steel Rat looks great! I Used the exact same Marshall switch for a custom '19inch flipster and wanted to use metal letter stamps, but gave up because that steel is really tough. I bet it was difficult to etch as well?

I guess I've never really tried etching aluminum so I have nothing to compare it to (aside from copper clad :icon_rolleyes:) but it definitely took several gallons of ferric with a few dragons heating and aggravating it for several years  :icon_eek:

Does aluminum etch easier than stainless steel? :icon_eek: WHY DIDN'T ANYONE TELL ME?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Liquitone on June 03, 2014, 12:07:45 PM
I have never etched before so can't say for sure, but I wouldn't be surprised if aluminium will be much easier to etch.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on June 03, 2014, 04:04:44 PM
Tried Cautic Soda on the last one.
Followed the tutorial by DIY guitar effects and it turned out much better.  :icon_biggrin:
The Caustic Soda seemed to not eat away the toner as fast.

(http://parasitstudio.weebly.com/uploads/2/4/4/9/2449159/3173760_orig.jpg)

Hey man, glad you had success with caustic soda and my tutorial! That last one looks great, hope to see more etches from you!

Cheers,
Graham
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: motvej on June 04, 2014, 03:29:12 AM
latest mxr dist+ with clipping diodes mod

(http://s016.radikal.ru/i337/1406/52/80138710518b.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

(http://s019.radikal.ru/i611/1406/c6/ea526d63e98e.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on June 04, 2014, 03:30:53 AM
sweet, love your style man... 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: TG Flatline on June 04, 2014, 11:06:22 AM
sweet, love your style man... 8)

+1 Wicked etch!!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on June 04, 2014, 11:08:45 AM
sweet, love your style man... 8)

+1 Wicked etch!!

++1 (2?) Awesome job man! I think I was going to use that image on one of mine a while ago, old wood block prints are ideal for etches! :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: motvej on June 05, 2014, 11:51:13 AM
sweet, love your style man... 8)

I actually can not to get rid of it and find something new, maybe multicolor or smth different
But Albrecht Dürer is on of the most practical to etch)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: italianguy63 on June 05, 2014, 07:21:21 PM
But Albrecht Dürer is on of the most practical to etch)

Which AD woodcut is that?  Familiar, but I can't remember.  Big fan.

MC
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: motvej on June 06, 2014, 02:11:37 AM
But Albrecht Dürer is on of the most practical to etch)

Which AD woodcut is that?  Familiar, but I can't remember.  Big fan.

MC

it's "apocalypse four horsemen"
the end is near!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on June 11, 2014, 07:46:55 PM
My latest, it's a Super Duper 2 in 1

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/06/12/zu5epy9e.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: seedlings on June 11, 2014, 09:57:29 PM
^ etch and knobbies are fantastic!  What controls did you use for the superduper 2-in-1?

CHAD
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on June 12, 2014, 05:29:03 AM
^ etch and knobbies are fantastic!  What controls did you use for the superduper 2-in-1?

CHAD

Thanks man! The lower two controls are the level control for each SHO circuit and the top one is the master level control.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: hylandren on June 12, 2014, 07:25:04 AM

(http://s016.radikal.ru/i337/1406/52/80138710518b.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)




motvej, excellent etch!
I also like those knobs with one end of the tops cut at an angle like that. Do you remember where you got them?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: nicoo on June 14, 2014, 04:09:26 PM
Quick and dirty build of a MXR Distortion+ (with AA116 germanium diode)

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2922/14441884753_8d646f9a3c_z.jpg)
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3914/14418348191_5f2891facc_z.jpg)

Inspired from far by the awesome... :icon_wink:
(https://scontent-a-mad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/t1.0-9/10329263_555707647879281_1952066340610603229_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: motvej on June 15, 2014, 05:28:49 AM
quote author=hylandren link=topic=85803.msg977785#msg977785 date=1402572304]


motvej, excellent etch!
I also like those knobs with one end of the tops cut at an angle like that. Do you remember where you got them?
[/quote]

thanks man!!
they are from simpe offline electronic parts shop in moscow)
I didnt ever seen those knob on tayda, smallbear or smth else...


my new atari punk console with LFO

(http://31.media.tumblr.com/e849bab8bba8ec2215b153780be5aa54/tumblr_n77d5d3Nmy1s3m49to1_1280.jpg)

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: italianguy63 on June 15, 2014, 08:58:31 AM
Fixed my Dyna Comp (1977) clone today.  I've done about 4 of these now.  Getting better at them, and on the etching too...   :icon_smile:

(http://i800.photobucket.com/albums/yy286/italianguy63/DC1977Ext_zps6b649e2c.jpg)

And a gut shot -- with mojo, "1977 era" components...

(http://i800.photobucket.com/albums/yy286/italianguy63/DC1977Gut_zpsf9537266.jpg)

Works great.  That's the best part.

MC
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Liquitone on June 15, 2014, 09:20:12 AM
Nice one! You really caught the classic mxr look if I compare it to my 1978 distortion+. I first thought it was a re-housing.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: italianguy63 on June 15, 2014, 09:22:44 AM
Note the .05uF cap.  (not a .047).  :)  Thanks!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on June 15, 2014, 09:57:52 AM
(http://i800.photobucket.com/albums/yy286/italianguy63/DC1977Ext_zps6b649e2c.jpg)

Great etch man! Really clean, I like it!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on June 15, 2014, 02:47:23 PM
nice work guys..you can't beat an etch when it comes out nice.. 8) 8) 8)

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Alejandro B. on June 16, 2014, 12:16:15 AM
Inspired from far by the awesome... :icon_wink:


Thank you man, I´m so flattered both by your words and your inspired pedal...  :icon_redface: :icon_redface:

That´s the great thing about this site, you get a huge bunch of ideas to make your pedals.

I have also get more than two or three ideas from here to make my own pedals (guts or finishes)  ;D ;D

Thank you again for your kind words and nice work. You´ll see how etch by etch they become more easy and complex... it´s just a matter of practice!! (if you want the original crocodile skin image I can send it to you  ;))

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on June 18, 2014, 05:14:21 AM
OCD v3 with 2000AD artwork by request of my mate who it's for

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/06/18/beqynupy.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: italianguy63 on June 21, 2014, 06:16:44 AM
Not my best work (but not my worst either).  My Swah V3.

My 1st attempt at a reverse etch.  Came out well, but, the detail was too small, the etch was not deep enough, and I learned that "grey scale" images won't work.

Anyway, had to repaint the background because of the shallow etch.  Came out pretty well really (better than the pic/glare), and the concept was good.

(http://i800.photobucket.com/albums/yy286/italianguy63/Swah_zps1c19ae79.jpg)

And a gut shot:

(http://i800.photobucket.com/albums/yy286/italianguy63/SwahGut_zpsbf5b1c84.jpg)

MC
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mustachio on June 21, 2014, 07:36:24 AM
Looking good Mark, did you do the board for the snow white too ? Really like that dynacomp too!

I missed a bunch of posts in this thread, wow you guys are getting such great detail! Awesome looking artwork, Always pushing the bar up! Good Jarb Guy's !
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: italianguy63 on June 21, 2014, 07:53:53 AM
Jimbo-- Nahhh... not reinventing the wheel.  I wanted to do an autowha (envelope filter).  The board was on sale at GuitarPCB.  It is just "good."  Not as good as I hoped-- so, I have one of RG's Neutrons coming-- rolling some vactrols as we speak.  Still with one foot in the fuzz.  Starting on some Muffs too.  Idle hands are the Devil's work.

MC
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Mustachio on June 21, 2014, 08:16:27 AM
Sweet the Neutron is one of my favorite builds of all time!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: italianguy63 on June 21, 2014, 08:18:58 AM
I build and seek till I get it right (mostly).   ::)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jdansti on June 21, 2014, 04:37:26 PM
Nice work, Mark!   :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: glops on July 07, 2014, 02:17:42 PM
I always forget about this thread  :( Haven't been building a whole lot lately  :( Some outstanding etches over here these days!

Here's Madbean's 424, the Demo Tape Fuzz. Haven't played it loud but its a very interesting lo-fi overdrive fuzz. Sounds very
unique and quite an easy build.
(http://www.aronnelson.com/gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=51359&g2_serialNumber=1)

Here's a Foxx Tone Machine
(http://www.aronnelson.com/gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=51365&g2_serialNumber=1)

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: SmoothAction on July 07, 2014, 02:20:31 PM
Killer stuff glops!  :o
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Eddododo on July 12, 2014, 03:27:27 PM
not exactly etching, but a little copper 'plating' experiment. these are all the same pedal, different lighting


(http://i1244.photobucket.com/albums/gg579/eddododo/IMG_0373_zps240ecabf.jpg)
(http://i1244.photobucket.com/albums/gg579/eddododo/IMG_0370_zpsa959f7b2.jpg)
(http://i1244.photobucket.com/albums/gg579/eddododo/IMG_0372_zpsc667ed9f.jpg)
(http://i1244.photobucket.com/albums/gg579/eddododo/20140712_141100_zps0d4022f4.jpg)
(http://i1244.photobucket.com/albums/gg579/eddododo/20140712_081900_zpsab581a42.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: JoshGreen on July 19, 2014, 11:34:51 AM
First post as this is my first etch, its a phase 90 with dual controls.
More details about it are here if anyone wants to have a look.
http://kidontheslope.blogspot.co.uk/

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-DtFxehUMJ3E/U8bVKMgE-BI/AAAAAAAAAI8/w4mh4j3nHDY/s1600/PHASE+DONE+FRONT1.JPG)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jdansti on July 19, 2014, 11:38:42 AM
Nice deep etch!  Good job!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on July 19, 2014, 11:40:57 AM
nice... 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: vigilante397 on July 19, 2014, 11:41:57 AM
First post as this is my first etch, its a phase 90 with dual controls.
More details about it are here if anyone wants to have a look.
http://kidontheslope.blogspot.co.uk/

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-DtFxehUMJ3E/U8bVKMgE-BI/AAAAAAAAAI8/w4mh4j3nHDY/s1600/PHASE+DONE+FRONT1.JPG)

Love the LED placement on that as well. Killer job ;D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on July 19, 2014, 03:16:49 PM
warning: etch cheat... ;D

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7464107/loop1.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7464107/loop2.jpg)

its only for my looper, so i just ironed toner + clear coated   ;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Beo on July 19, 2014, 06:21:40 PM
Since we´re talking about acids and finishes, I wanted to share my method and tools to etch. I´m going to make a quick guide, if someone needs more, let me know it and i´ll try to expand details:

- I begin with a quality negative of my desing printed in a laser printer. I go to a copy shop where I obtain quality copies in glossy paper, very similar to those used in quality gossip press  :icon_mrgreen:. I ask for glossy paper (not the kind used in photos, just glossy but still without that characteristic plastic feeling of photo papers. Hope you understand me).
- After wet sanding the enclosure with grain 360 and 500, I clean it with soap. You can use any product, but soap is good.
- Strong ironing going over the whole surface with the tip of the iron. I make all possible direcctions (vertical, horizontal, both diagonls) leaving the flat of the iron some minutes between each direcction.
- When I see all paper stick to the encluse I leave it to get cold before putting it into water.
- I leave it in water until it peels off alone.
- Remove all the cellulose with your finger and check everything have transferred ok.
- Steal nearer nail polish (can also be yours  :icon_mrgreen:) and with a thin brush protect everything you can. Also make a border throughout the whole top of the enclosure to avoid acid leaks.
- Mix 1 part of nitirc acid (agua fuerte in Spain, stong liquid used to clean filthy things like forgotten baths  :icon_mrgreen:) with 2 parts of 10% hydrogen peroxide (the one used to cure little wounds)
- Put it in each etchable part with a dropper. Don´t make lakes with acid, put what you need avoiding bubbles (if it bubbles means that you put too much)
- After 3-4 minutes remove the acid with a cottom ball and put new acid.
- Repeat this boredom for 1 hour and a quarter.
- In the last 20 minutes you can add more acid to the enclosure if you want a deep etch. But be carefull, the process at this stage can deceive you.
- Also in this last 20 minutes (more or less, with practice you "feel" what´s going on) you can use the cottom ball to remove part of the black stuff created due to the acid action. Helps to improve the depth.
- After all this is done, clean with water in a safe place (don´t spoil nothing or your wife/mother will have some words with you) and make sure that the etching has been depth enough.
- Clean the whole thing with several cotton balls coated with nail polish remover (the one with acetone)

After all this you can end in two ways:

- Paint in black (choose your color) all the etched areas, correct with wet sanding, polish and clear coat.
- Don´t paint the etched desings, clean it to the bone, polish and clear coat.

For polish I use my drill and those two famous compounds (the blue one and the brown one).

Hope it helps you as much as all tutorials in this forum have help me!!!

PS: Someone asked for a tutorial while I was writting mine... here it goes my humble experience.

Hey, I appreciate this. I've always used FeCl, so I just went and bought some NaOH to try. For anyone not in the know, 1ml of water is 1gm (by definition). Also, your comment about not too much pressure to avoid smudging is something I've struggled with in the past. Too much pressure and you get smudges, or the whole image shifts. Too little and you get lots of toner not transferring. Paper is a key factor as well. I've been using a magazine paper that has given me best results to date, but I'm interested in trying the HP Glossy Presentation Paper that someone recommended. I just can't go to PnP blue, after wasting several sheets early on... 2$ per sheet is crazy. Very fine steel wool works great to get the black crud off and getting everything shiny.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: noobamp on July 22, 2014, 11:38:15 PM
great advice ! thanks for that!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Beo on July 24, 2014, 01:23:23 AM

Hey man, glad you had success with caustic soda and my tutorial! That last one looks great, hope to see more etches from you!

Cheers,
Graham

I think I had the wrong quote in my last post. It's Graham's Etch Tutorial I meant to reference. I haven't tried your method yet, but now I have the NaOH, as well as HP Glossy Presentation Paper which I want to try, so fingers crossed for more consistent, no smudge transfers!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on July 25, 2014, 11:35:19 AM

Hey man, glad you had success with caustic soda and my tutorial! That last one looks great, hope to see more etches from you!

Cheers,
Graham

I think I had the wrong quote in my last post. It's Graham's Etch Tutorial I meant to reference. I haven't tried your method yet, but now I have the NaOH, as well as HP Glossy Presentation Paper which I want to try, so fingers crossed for more consistent, no smudge transfers!

Cool, let me know how you get on with the Caustic Soda!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: jubal81 on July 28, 2014, 01:49:16 AM
My first - and I guarantee last - experiment with copper electroplating. Ruined a couple already-etched enclosures, my favorite pants and spent 8-10 hours swirling it in the copper bath and polishing it back.
Once the copper looked OK, I rubbed shoe polish in the etched-out areas, wiped the surface and shot it with a few coats of lacquer.

http://cl.ly/image/2q2c310Y3Q3Q/Copper%20bath.jpg (http://cl.ly/image/2q2c310Y3Q3Q/Copper%20bath.jpg)
(http://cl.ly/image/3H1L3s3E2R1Z/DSC_0291.JPG)
(http://cl.ly/image/1Y1x0c1N1l2C/DSC_0258.JPG)
(http://cl.ly/image/0y2I1s3p1O3i/DSC_0266.JPG)
(http://cl.ly/image/2y443I3l2x0N/DSC_0276.JPG)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: bluebunny on July 28, 2014, 03:11:23 AM
You copper-plated your pants??  Now that's dedication!   :D

Great result, btw!   :icon_cool:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jdansti on July 28, 2014, 03:36:17 AM
^^Beautiful!!!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on July 28, 2014, 04:37:20 AM
f.....g cool...came out great. 8) 8) 8)


gold?. ;D

Title: Re: Sv: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Perrow on July 29, 2014, 12:35:06 PM
You copper-plated your pants??  Now that's dedication!   :D

Great result, btw!   :icon_cool:

LOL, literally.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: psychedelicfish on July 30, 2014, 05:47:09 AM
My first - and I guarantee last - experiment with copper electroplating. Ruined a couple already-etched enclosures, my favorite pants and spent 8-10 hours swirling it in the copper bath and polishing it back.
Aluminium is well known for not being nice to plate on to, for the same reason you can't solder on to it. It forms a highly unreactive, insoluble oxidised layer really quickly, so copper and/or solder won't stick. It does mean that aluminium is very durable in terms of corrosion though.

I think the best way to plate copper (or other metals) on to aluminium would be to put it in your bath of copper solution and connect the power up with the enclosure connected to the + end of your supply, etch away the surface of the metal, then switch the power leads around without removing the aluminium from the solution. Normal surface preparation (lots of sanding and a clean with acetone or something before the etch/plate, etc) would need to be done to a very high standard.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Alejandro B. on August 03, 2014, 01:42:12 AM
Similar to my old Rusty Fuzz1. Custom built for a friend. It´s going to house a fuzz face.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpf1/t1.0-9/10568943_606801666103212_4281096228232402319_n.jpg)

(https://scontent-a-mad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/t1.0-9/61997_606801626103216_4974903764545626392_n.jpg)

Already published in the main thread, but since it´s an etched pedal...
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: bluedog on August 09, 2014, 06:40:08 PM
Just started my first etch using Graham's tutorial. I have got a good toner mask on the enclosure after a few attempts. However, there are a couple of parts that could do with touching up. Is there anything that can be used to touch up and mask small areas when using caustic soda? My understanding is that nail varnish wouldn't work when using caustic soda.

Thanks

Dale
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on August 10, 2014, 05:40:37 AM
hi dale, ive never used caustic myself, only ferric,

but nail varnish does a good job with ferric,

is caustic too aggressive then?...if so i would think it would bite through toner too...hmmmm....


@alejandro:  nice etch/design man, love the skin.. 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: bluedog on August 10, 2014, 05:04:43 PM
Thanks for that. I think I read somewhere that caustic soda was too aggressive for nail varnish. Going to touch up with nail varnish and use ferric just in case. Will post results.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on August 11, 2014, 07:57:55 AM
Thanks for that. I think I read somewhere that caustic soda was too aggressive for nail varnish. Going to touch up with nail varnish and use ferric just in case. Will post results.

Yeah unfortunately Caustic Soda eats straight through nail varnish so touch ups are tricky, I think I'm lucky in that I don't usually need to do any so using Caustic has been pretty painless. I have used parcel tape to cover spots before though when I've had them but obviously that could be tricky depending on what bits need it.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on August 13, 2014, 04:39:32 AM
My latest etch, a Pharaoh Fuzz.

Etched with NaOH as per norm, really happy with how the design on this one came out :)

In a massive enclosure because more doom.

(http://33.media.tumblr.com/40c2ec3895e2521b9f84daa061af2582/tumblr_na8i4jiXkw1s7epwwo1_500.png)

(http://37.media.tumblr.com/95497390f47f687f0422a65b0b1c86de/tumblr_na8i4jiXkw1s7epwwo3_500.jpg)

(http://37.media.tumblr.com/94877b654b25f5c1246b80a91cb48644/tumblr_na8i4jiXkw1s7epwwo2_500.jpg)

(http://31.media.tumblr.com/33062aba2e6aa33fcb26c4409fa469cb/tumblr_na8i4jiXkw1s7epwwo5_500.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: snarblinge on August 13, 2014, 04:56:26 AM
Wow!!,!,!,!,!,
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on August 13, 2014, 05:42:32 AM
beauty... 8) 8) 8)

great etch, and design man.. 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: davent on August 13, 2014, 12:04:53 PM
Incredible detail from a great design! Nice!

Edit, Just saw the pictures thread with the gut shot, huge enclosure, must have presented a major challenge to transfer the image to it, looks like a perfect etch!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: vigilante397 on August 13, 2014, 12:05:05 PM
(http://37.media.tumblr.com/95497390f47f687f0422a65b0b1c86de/tumblr_na8i4jiXkw1s7epwwo3_500.jpg)

Just drooled over this in the pictures thread but figured I would drool over it here as well. Amazing looking build 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: jubal81 on August 13, 2014, 12:37:55 PM
I'm blown away. WOW!
That's amazing, Hex.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Jdansti on August 13, 2014, 03:02:44 PM
Awesome, Hex!!!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: glops on August 14, 2014, 11:46:59 PM
My latest etch, a Pharaoh Fuzz.

Etched with NaOH as per norm, really happy with how the design on this one came out :)

In a massive enclosure because more doom.

(http://33.media.tumblr.com/40c2ec3895e2521b9f84daa061af2582/tumblr_na8i4jiXkw1s7epwwo1_500.png)

(http://37.media.tumblr.com/95497390f47f687f0422a65b0b1c86de/tumblr_na8i4jiXkw1s7epwwo3_500.jpg)

(http://37.media.tumblr.com/94877b654b25f5c1246b80a91cb48644/tumblr_na8i4jiXkw1s7epwwo2_500.jpg)

(http://31.media.tumblr.com/33062aba2e6aa33fcb26c4409fa469cb/tumblr_na8i4jiXkw1s7epwwo5_500.jpg)


Excellent, absolutely beautiful! What size/model is that enclosure?!?! bigger than a XX/1790, correct?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: bluedog on August 16, 2014, 07:53:50 AM
My first completed etch.  Currently building my first two pedals and this enclosure is for an Orange Squeezer.  This etch was done with caustic.  I attempted an etch with ferric first but wasn't happy with it so I'm starting again with that one with caustic.  Will post pics of both once complete.


(http://i57.tinypic.com/15p6dc0.jpg)

(http://i59.tinypic.com/dadqd.jpg)

(http://i60.tinypic.com/2j0dxfl.jpg)

(http://i59.tinypic.com/3d8wh.jpg)

(http://i58.tinypic.com/2qjwsrb.jpg)





Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: italianguy63 on August 16, 2014, 08:20:54 AM
These guys are killing it.  My first etch looked like Sith!  Nice job Dog!  MC
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: peterg on August 16, 2014, 08:37:24 AM
First etch! You b*****d!

Nice job
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on August 16, 2014, 09:47:32 AM
Brilliant... 8)

first etch.. :icon_ :icon_eek:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: noobamp on August 16, 2014, 01:10:28 PM
yeah guys.....stepping up the etching game by like 40000%....give us a chance here!.....that orange squeezer is gorgeous!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on August 16, 2014, 05:36:48 PM
my latest creation..
(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7464107/WP_20140815_002.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7464107/WP_20140815_007.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7464107/WP_20140815_009.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7464107/WP_20140815_004.jpg)

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: bluedog on August 17, 2014, 03:54:05 AM
Thanks for the comments.

Nice job on that Tremshifter. Looks great.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on August 17, 2014, 06:14:54 AM
cheers, that naoh or whatever it is, leaves a nice clean finish on the etched parts , might have to try that stuff...looks great. 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on August 18, 2014, 04:21:06 AM
My first completed etch.  Currently building my first two pedals and this enclosure is for an Orange Squeezer.  This etch was done with caustic.  I attempted an etch with ferric first but wasn't happy with it so I'm starting again with that one with caustic.  Will post pics of both once complete.

(http://i57.tinypic.com/15p6dc0.jpg)

That looks great man and a brilliant first etch! Cool to see another NaOH/Caustic user as well!  :icon_cool:

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7464107/WP_20140815_002.jpg)

Another flawless victory Rob, looks sweet! Got any vids of that one? Looks like the sort of thing I would be into!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on August 18, 2014, 04:25:53 AM
(http://33.media.tumblr.com/40c2ec3895e2521b9f84daa061af2582/tumblr_na8i4jiXkw1s7epwwo1_500.png)

Excellent, absolutely beautiful! What size/model is that enclosure?!?! bigger than a XX/1790, correct?

Cheers man! It's a 1590XX

Also thanks to everyone else that commented on my build, I appreciate it! :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: bluebunny on August 18, 2014, 08:42:29 AM
Another flawless victory Rob, looks sweet! Got any vids of that one? Looks like the sort of thing I would be into!

Here. (http://www.diystompboxes.com/smfforum/index.php?topic=91426.msg987348#msg987348)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: pickdropper on September 01, 2014, 11:16:33 PM
Deadastronaut,

For what it's worth, your builds are some of the few that make me consider breaking out my wallet.  The combination of cool circuits and great aesthetic execution really works for me.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: kupervaser on September 02, 2014, 10:52:41 AM
Etched these once:

(https://scontent-a-ams.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/10641133_10154552004980066_831458048248267904_n.jpg?oh=a65a0fb8d58720a7f5f6c4d4f3a4ccce&oe=5475EBED)
(https://scontent-b-ams.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/v/t1.0-9/10603355_10154552823165066_7452242298781667979_n.jpg?oh=86834ce533f10644152edf46a978ba42&oe=5468400A)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hemmel on September 02, 2014, 11:38:46 AM
My first etch looked like Sith!

(http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/600x400q90/537/oj3XeV.jpg) (http://imageshack.com/f/exoj3XeVj)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: vigilante397 on September 02, 2014, 05:40:39 PM
My first etch looked like Sith!

(http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/600x400q90/537/oj3XeV.jpg) (http://imageshack.com/f/exoj3XeVj)

I totally used that exact picture on a fuzz factory clone for a friend, except I mounted red LEDs behind his eyes. Where did I put that picture...

(http://i.imgur.com/M0MOEq9.jpg)

Please excuse the non-etched pedal in this thread :P
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on September 04, 2014, 03:37:38 AM
Deadastronaut,

For what it's worth, your builds are some of the few that make me consider breaking out my wallet.  The combination of cool circuits and great aesthetic execution really works for me.

cheers man, coming from you that is indeed a compliment of the highest order....nice one man 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: iq01221 on September 16, 2014, 03:20:36 PM
One more approach. It's just a rangemaster with nagaviper tone control and Si/Ge selector :) .
(http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/k540/iq01221/th_10649666_10204848558683087_6486339083476005101_n_zps2a312c28.jpg) (http://s1114.photobucket.com/user/iq01221/media/10649666_10204848558683087_6486339083476005101_n_zps2a312c28.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: electrosonic on September 16, 2014, 04:02:56 PM
(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/30050282/ff_tb.jpg)

Fuzz Face / Tonebender Mk II in one pedal

Hope to finish it tonight.

LED Fresnel from smallbear.

Andrew.

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on September 17, 2014, 05:12:23 AM
^ cool , looks nice and aged when its not sanded.. 8)

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pettol on September 17, 2014, 04:25:09 PM
My first reversed etch and my first A box too.
I used engine paint on this one. A bit difficult to spray, but it gets hard as a rock, rugged and solvent- and heat-resistant, which also makes toner transfer possible.

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/5348226/builtboxes/exofuzz%20small.jpg)
(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/5348226/builtboxes/exofuzz%20gut.jpg)

And oh, it's a tonebender with russian transistors.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: guitarmageddon on September 20, 2014, 01:47:28 AM
^Nice! Those little Russian Ge's are great!

Haven't posted an etch for a while so here's a few...

Fuzz Factory (Russian Ge's in this!)

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/FuzzManufacturingComplex_zpsee127e9c.jpg)

Stuff with Skulls with Light-up Eyes- always getting asked to do this ;D:

"Booty Thief" (modded Kingslayer)

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/BootyThiefGr1_zpsad2bfab7.jpg)

Compressor

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/compressor_zps3dc1bb13.jpg)

XXXL clone

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/2SkullKracka_zps2e3d43b8.jpg)

Light up eyes... (Mighty Mouse clone)

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/Rat3_zpsce5607b3.jpg)

not a skull, but it lights up! ;) (Muff)

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/detail_zps783741a6.jpg)

another Muffy thing (P19) Love this pic...is it the Devil handing out babies to Nuns?   :icon_lol:

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/BassFuzzSampN_zps55a4d2c6.jpg)

SHOs

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/SnakeampBirdSHO_zps1587035c.jpg)

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/LeopardSHO_zps358b7fbe.jpg)

Britannia

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/Britannia1_zps0b9ef887.jpg)

Grey-scale type etches:

Giger Vibe (univibe)

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/GigerVibe4_zpscd3a91a2.jpg)

"Crossroads" Dual PT delays with tap tempo

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/Crossroads_zps6bb6bc53.jpg)



A three-in-one with a preamp, delay, analogue flanger and belton reverb, for a trumpet player.

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/miles2_zpsf536bbd4.jpg)

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/deet2_zps3dda5e8d.jpg)

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on September 21, 2014, 03:13:30 AM
I call this the Doom Face!

Starts with a COT50 (acting as a sort of pre gain/boost) going into a silicon Fuzz Face (Q1 - MPSA13 Darlington / Q2 - BC108) that then goes into a Stratoblaster to push the amp input stage harder.

Also put a rotary input tone cap switch on the FF to dial in extra low end (goes up to 10u) and also more gain. Big caps all round for max low end. The result is a massive saturated wall of fuzz, perfect for dooming out!

(http://33.media.tumblr.com/e1742d74d0acca27ed46cef186954a74/tumblr_nc7g7qj1MY1s7epwwo3_500.jpg)

(http://33.media.tumblr.com/a884774f4384d93148f69a15cd617428/tumblr_nc7g7qj1MY1s7epwwo1_500.jpg)

(http://31.media.tumblr.com/2f53437b85e7cfc52a75acb9123d9eef/tumblr_nc7g7qj1MY1s7epwwo2_500.jpg)

(http://38.media.tumblr.com/0ca97ff10d4ee3723ece91df3e7b1dcc/tumblr_nc7g7qj1MY1s7epwwo4_500.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: noobamp on September 21, 2014, 12:17:14 PM
another Muffy thing (P19) Love this pic...is it the Devil handing out babies to Nuns?   :icon_lol:

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/BassFuzzSampN_zps55a4d2c6.jpg)

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/SnakeampBirdSHO_zps1587035c.jpg)

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/LeopardSHO_zps358b7fbe.jpg)

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/Britannia1_zps0b9ef887.jpg)

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/GigerVibe4_zpscd3a91a2.jpg)

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/Crossroads_zps6bb6bc53.jpg)

(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z30/codtone/deet2_zps3dda5e8d.jpg)





That was a giant batch of Awesome Etches man! you cant go wrong with Satan handing out babies to nuns.....always good times.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: edy_wheazel on September 27, 2014, 02:01:32 PM
 It cannot be compared with the works of art I've seen around here, this is my first etching:

(http://forums.rgc.ro/uploads/monthly_04_2014/post-29294-0-57902500-1397570249.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: peterg on September 27, 2014, 10:35:33 PM
It cannot be compared with the works of art I've seen around here, this is my first etching:

(http://forums.rgc.ro/uploads/monthly_04_2014/post-29294-0-57902500-1397570249.jpg)

Looks great! How did you get it so clean?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: vigilante397 on September 28, 2014, 12:34:36 AM
Looks great! How did you get it so clean?

+1

Looks worlds better than my first etch, I promise :P
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: J M Fahey on September 28, 2014, 01:44:58 AM
Congratulations :)

VERY cool  jobs :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pettol on September 28, 2014, 09:20:43 AM
+1. Nice and clean.

Speaking of which, I'm doing some tests with reversed etching and I'd like to do one without paint. Anyone got some tips how to get it as clean as possible?

This is what I've accomplished so far with NaOH-etch, quick machine sanding (grit 2000) and some polishing compounds. I still think it's a bit rough.

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/5348226/builtboxes/revetch2.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: WhiskeyMadeMeDoIt on September 28, 2014, 10:06:14 AM
Nice pedal man. Love the Art Deco style of it. 
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: edy_wheazel on October 01, 2014, 09:42:05 AM
Looks great! How did you get it so clean?

 I used paper adhesive band (used in construction to protect surfaces). I printed the design on regular paper and put it on top, then with a scalpel I cut off the design. For etching: "second hand" ferric chloride previously used for PCB-s, twice 15 minutes.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: peterg on October 01, 2014, 12:04:45 PM
edy_wheazel - Thanks. How did you remove all the carbon from the etch surface? Did you use the same process that Pettol noted?

Pettol - your etch looks great - not rough at all.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on October 01, 2014, 07:37:45 PM
Nice pedal man. Love the Art Deco style of it. 

+1 cool style.. 8)

that NaoH stuff seems to leave the surface spotless... 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pettol on October 02, 2014, 12:45:06 AM
Thanks a lot!

Yes, bases gives a lot smoother surface than acids. Still there are some irregularities and pits (I think you can see it in the picture). But I guess I have to live with it.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: italianguy63 on October 02, 2014, 03:35:58 AM
Great work guys!

Borat-- Love the "For Those About to Rock"  AC/DC cannon!  (My 2nd ever concert!).  My 1st was REO Speedwagon-- PLEASE don't tell anyone.

MC
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: edy_wheazel on October 02, 2014, 03:40:28 PM
edy_wheazel - Thanks. How did you remove all the carbon from the etch surface? Did you use the same process that Pettol noted?

 Actualy, my method is different. After I prepare the box (sanding and cleaning):
 1 -  I covered the surface with paper adhesive tape, this kind: http://renovari-amenajari.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/banda_adeziva_hartie3.jpg (http://renovari-amenajari.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/banda_adeziva_hartie3.jpg)  It's regular usage is to protect surfaces when you paint, it's very cheap.
 2 -  I either draw the design on the tape by hand, or I print it on a regular paper and put the printed paper on top of the tape.
 3 -  With a very sharp scalpel I cut and remove the paper from the areas that need etching. The removal is very clean (the paper tape is specialy designed for that and doesn't leave any "dirt")
 4 - For etching I make some boundaries with my kid's "silly putty" (plasticine). I do that because I don't want to submerge the entire box in FeCl3.
 5 - I pour the secon hand FeCl3 (actualy third, or fourth hand) in those silly putty boundaries. After 15/20 minutes I change the FeCl3 and I let it another 15/20 minutes.
 6 - That's it. Take down the silly putty, the paper tape and wash the box. Take pictures and post them on the internet. Have fun.

 This methode doesn't involve a printer (if you draw the design by hand) and it's very clean. The only problem is the painstakingly scalpel-cutting operation, but for simple designs it's preferable.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on October 08, 2014, 04:33:51 AM
Hey all,

Customer request for an OCD (v3). This one was a milestone of sorts for me as I did all the artwork in Illustrator from scratch as opposed to my usual method of er, 're-purposing' bits and bobs found on the Googleweb! ;)

Box etched with NaOH as per norm, the detailing was a bit fiddly but I got there, customer is very pleased so it's a win!

Pics..

(https://33.media.tumblr.com/2ec4de0e860be3d55bd8831dacdef0a7/tumblr_nd49dfuTsQ1s7epwwo1_500.jpg)

(https://33.media.tumblr.com/979fb7c022b1e61e6b2cd262fb99d878/tumblr_nd49dfuTsQ1s7epwwo3_500.jpg)

(https://31.media.tumblr.com/b27acc64e2426eef10c7283cab731438/tumblr_nd49dfuTsQ1s7epwwo4_500.jpg)

(https://33.media.tumblr.com/c3ab38294c79f9b8f46e480e4f88acdb/tumblr_nd49dfuTsQ1s7epwwo2_500.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on October 08, 2014, 04:38:11 AM
beauty....looks great man.. 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on October 08, 2014, 04:46:25 AM
beauty....looks great man.. 8)

Cheers Rob!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: davent on October 08, 2014, 11:02:56 AM
Amazing work and design, unpecedented!

When drilling it out, how is it getting the drillbit to start clean into the raised crosshairs? Would it be easier if that detail were reversed?
dave
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pettol on October 08, 2014, 12:21:10 PM
Beautiful Hex.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on October 08, 2014, 05:14:08 PM
Amazing work and design, unpecedented!

When drilling it out, how is it getting the drillbit to start clean into the raised crosshairs? Would it be easier if that detail were reversed?
dave

Thanks man!

You're quite right about the crosshairs, I normally have them in reverse but once I added the paint layer with this one it was easy enough to just use a centrepunch to start me off
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: wildebelor on October 09, 2014, 10:18:49 PM
best etches around graham!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: noobamp on October 10, 2014, 07:05:54 PM


(https://33.media.tumblr.com/979fb7c022b1e61e6b2cd262fb99d878/tumblr_nd49dfuTsQ1s7epwwo3_500.jpg)


that is just exquisite work man! a little frustrating actually.....one day....
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: naturlecso on October 15, 2014, 06:52:01 AM
Hi guys,

This is my first pedal with my first etch. It is a slightly modified Lotus Pedals Snowjob. I hope you like it  :)

(http://i60.tinypic.com/2199t7o.png)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on October 15, 2014, 06:54:27 AM
2 firsts... 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: vigilante397 on October 15, 2014, 09:52:01 AM
Hi guys,

This is my first pedal with my first etch. It is a slightly modified Lotus Pedals Snowjob. I hope you like it  :)

(http://i60.tinypic.com/2199t7o.png)

I love the Snowjob. What kind of mods did you do? Gutshot...?  8)

Great-looking build.
Title: Re: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: threepwood on October 17, 2014, 06:45:59 AM


(https://33.media.tumblr.com/979fb7c022b1e61e6b2cd262fb99d878/tumblr_nd49dfuTsQ1s7epwwo3_500.jpg)


that is just exquisite work man! a little frustrating actually.....one day....
Incredible. How do you get it so clean? Please share your magic!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: wildebelor on October 18, 2014, 02:53:31 AM
He has shared it!  :icon_mrgreen:

http://diy-guitar-effects.tumblr.com/etching (http://diy-guitar-effects.tumblr.com/etching)
Title: Re:
Post by: eddiebeer on October 18, 2014, 12:47:09 PM
Incredible! I just may muster up some courage to try this one day
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on October 20, 2014, 09:54:57 AM
He has shared it!  :icon_mrgreen:

http://diy-guitar-effects.tumblr.com/etching (http://diy-guitar-effects.tumblr.com/etching)

Cheers Nick! Yes, still using the method as detailed in my tutorial, seems to work for me (almost) every time so I haven't deviated!

Happy to answer questions about etching as always if anyone is curious enough to give it a first try, plenty of other skilled and knowledgeable chaps on this forum too!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: naturlecso on October 20, 2014, 01:00:16 PM


I love the Snowjob. What kind of mods did you do? Gutshot...?  8)

Great-looking build.

I've just raised the input cap, so it is better with bass.
It's a little messy :)

(http://i62.tinypic.com/1z52add.png)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: glops on October 21, 2014, 12:30:24 AM
Finally started boxing up my PLL board. Added some mods and put a switchable megalith clone on the back end. I ended up moving most of the controls around on the PLL board so Im only taking advantage of 4 PCB mounted switches and pots which has made the off board wiring a bit of a nightmare. The boards are tested and true, but I anticipated some trouble shooting which will not be fun. I also wish I would have done it in black, but oh well. 1590G is a fun box to etch, my friends really are amazed by the big ones!

(http://www.aronnelson.com/gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=51678&g2_serialNumber=1)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: vigilante397 on October 21, 2014, 01:32:24 AM
(http://www.aronnelson.com/gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=51678&g2_serialNumber=1)

That is remarkably cool. I hope you realize this.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: bluebunny on October 21, 2014, 03:16:34 AM
(http://www.aronnelson.com/gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=51678&g2_serialNumber=1)

Wow!  That's another huge build that looks like it came from a Boeing 707!   :icon_cool:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on October 21, 2014, 05:23:08 AM
which has made the off board wiring a bit of a nightmare.



i bet it is...welcome to my world  ;D

looking cool man...epic project. 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: glops on October 21, 2014, 12:50:31 PM
Thanks, guys.

which has made the off board wiring a bit of a nightmare.



i bet it is...welcome to my world  ;D

looking cool man...epic project. 8)

The wiring wasn't any worse than the Ring Stinger but it didn't fire up, of course  :-\

I had to add some washers under the rotaries to add some headroom for the non PCB mounted toggle switches. So either something is shorting out or I fe'd something else up. Hopefully, it won't be too awful. I got a new day job so I only have limited time to build these days. I will probably trouble shoot over the week. Should sound great once I figure it out.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on October 22, 2014, 03:16:36 PM
(http://www.aronnelson.com/gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=51678&g2_serialNumber=1)

Sweet lord o' mercy that's awesome!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: electrosonic on October 22, 2014, 03:24:09 PM
Amazing. I love the way it looks like an artifact -like you found it buried in your back yard.

Andrew.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Govmnt_Lacky on October 22, 2014, 03:25:30 PM
Cant wait to see that bad boy finished!!!  :icon_twisted:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: peterg on October 22, 2014, 06:28:35 PM
^+1. Quite the monster!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: edy_wheazel on October 23, 2014, 04:09:28 AM
 Trio:

(http://oi58.tinypic.com/5mflsh.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on October 23, 2014, 05:57:45 AM
Hello!

My newest build! Couple of firsts for me with this one, this is the first time I've used Eagle and had a PCB fabbed (OSH Park), I've since revised this board by removing the two vias I had, increasing the pad sizes and fattening up the traces. This one still works absolutely perfectly though!

Also after seeing a Madbean forum member's results (selfdestroyer) with the paint and reverse etch I had to give it a try and very pleased I did!

So it's a BE Musket fuzz and I have to say out of all the Muffs I've built this is probably my favourite thus far, I just like the tweakable nature of it I suppose and it sounds great to my doom hungry ears! ;)

Anyway enough babble, some pics;

(https://31.media.tumblr.com/c19a464df09016dc36b655ce64621043/tumblr_ndvzny11fl1s7epwwo3_500.jpg)

(https://38.media.tumblr.com/7b2c9aae8429548992429b5844d14705/tumblr_ndvzny11fl1s7epwwo4_500.jpg)

(https://38.media.tumblr.com/ad7e68d40798d0e9c2d5109028ba5e08/tumblr_ndvzny11fl1s7epwwo1_500.jpg)

Pants down;

(https://38.media.tumblr.com/18ae427f1284864f9033cdc75097b440/tumblr_ndvzny11fl1s7epwwo2_500.jpg)

Cheers! :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: peterg on October 23, 2014, 08:23:52 AM
Graham. That is a beautiful pedal.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on October 23, 2014, 08:28:11 AM
Graham. That is a beautiful pedal.

Thanks Peter, I'm pretty proud of this one I have to say! :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on October 23, 2014, 08:42:35 AM
stunner..

brave use of fine lines there man... 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on October 23, 2014, 08:58:48 AM
stunner..

brave use of fine lines there man... 8)

Cheers Rob! :)

Yeah I know what you mean about the lines, tbh I think these are as small as it's possible to go with the method I use, although I'm sure I've said that before! ;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: glops on October 23, 2014, 12:42:03 PM


(https://31.media.tumblr.com/c19a464df09016dc36b655ce64621043/tumblr_ndvzny11fl1s7epwwo3_500.jpg)



Insane detail, man. Looks great!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on October 24, 2014, 04:12:08 AM
Insane detail, man. Looks great!

Cheers dude!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Schizo910 on October 24, 2014, 10:28:54 AM


(https://31.media.tumblr.com/c19a464df09016dc36b655ce64621043/tumblr_ndvzny11fl1s7epwwo3_500.jpg)




That's just plain beauty!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: motvej on October 25, 2014, 04:55:04 AM
My new Photonic Juergulator (still not working good)
And Octave Up Sick Box
First experience with Caustic soda etching

Jimi Photon, thank for sharin wonderfull circuits and Hexjibber for etching tutorial!

(http://s008.radikal.ru/i304/1410/0f/79b4fefc8cbf.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)
(http://s017.radikal.ru/i401/1410/ca/016b6604eaf7.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)
(http://s52.radikal.ru/i138/1410/f2/99fa5c635ee9.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)
(http://s61.radikal.ru/i171/1410/81/8c2baf196e6c.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on October 27, 2014, 03:59:04 PM
First experience with Caustic soda etching

Jimi Photon, thank for sharin wonderfull circuits and Hexjibber for etching tutorial

Hey man, great builds and etching! Glad the tutorial was useful! Do you think you'll use Caustic now?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: lmorse on October 27, 2014, 09:16:36 PM
Hi All,
I wanted to share my new box. Not only is it my first etched enclosure, it's my first stomp box, and also my first ever electronics project. I know its rough around the edges, and nowhere near up to the standard of what I have been seeing on the forum, but I am happy with what I have done. I also etched the PCB myself. Its a Fuzz Face with a few minor tweaks, a trim for biasing, drawdown resistor, polarity protection etc.

I etched with ferric chloride and had a bit of a journey of discovery: I decided to use the gravity\sponge method because I have seen a lot of people have great results with that. So I drizzled, dabbed, wiped and re-drizzled with room temperature ferric. After 30 minutes there were lots of pin-head size bubbles, but relatively little etching. Stage 2: I decided to warm up the ferric by sitting my container in a bath of boiled water. I repeated the above for a further 25 minutes with similar results. So then I decided to dunk the whole thing in the mixture and constantly agitate. After about 15 minutes I started to see some aggressive, patchy etching and continued. All-in-all the whole process took 1hour and 20. As you can see there are plenty of areas where the etch ate through the resist.

I think that my original mistake with the sponge was that I was leaving the ferric to stand on the surface too long in-between wipes, and I should have been constantly wiping and re-applying. Next box (a germanium Big Muff Pi that I have successfully breadboarded and added a few of my own tweaks - switchable caps before the last stage for a heavy bass boom, and switchable 3 stage clipping) I will try the sponge method again, but be a bit more enthusiastic with my wiping and re-applying (unless you think that is a bad idea?)

I'd like to find a way to get rid of the oxidation in the small pits.

(http://www.aronnelson.com/gallery/main.php/v/diyuser/lmorse/IMG_1003.JPG.html?g2_imageViewsIndex=1)
(http://i1115.photobucket.com/albums/k558/leemorse/IMG_1003.jpg)

I'd like to thank the following people for all their invaluable help in seeing me through my first ever build: Duck_Arse, Mac, Slade, Deadastronaut, LucifersTrip, pinkjimiphoton, Electric Warrior, PRR, GibsonGM (sorry if I have missed anyone out).

I'll make no apologies for posting this up on the Pictures! thread too when I get time, because I am chuffed as punch with my results!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: bluebunny on October 28, 2014, 04:18:07 AM
. . . because I am chuffed as punch with my results!

Quite right too!   :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: peterg on October 28, 2014, 09:16:16 AM
. . . because I am chuffed as punch with my results!

Quite right too!   :)

+1. gotta see the guts though!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: duck_arse on October 28, 2014, 09:22:13 AM
guts, yer.

a pastry brush is about right for shifting the gunked ferric while etching.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pettol on October 28, 2014, 02:28:15 PM
I'd like to find a way to get rid of the oxidation in the small pits.

(http://www.aronnelson.com/gallery/main.php/v/diyuser/lmorse/IMG_1003.JPG.html?g2_imageViewsIndex=1)
(http://i1115.photobucket.com/albums/k558/leemorse/IMG_1003.jpg)


Really nice box!

If you etch with NaOH you won't have the problem with the black oxidation. To get rid of it from a box already etched with acid I would apply 50% NaOH on the problem area for about 30 sec or so followed by machine polishing using polishing compound.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: hylandren on October 28, 2014, 02:34:30 PM
....I etched with ferric chloride...As you can see there are plenty of areas where the etch ate through the resist...I will try the sponge method again, but be a bit more enthusiastic with my wiping and re-applying (unless you think that is a bad idea?)...
I'd like to find a way to get rid of the oxidation in the small pits.

(http://www.aronnelson.com/gallery/main.php/v/diyuser/lmorse/IMG_1003.JPG.html?g2_imageViewsIndex=1)
(http://i1115.photobucket.com/albums/k558/leemorse/IMG_1003.jpg)


GREAT first effort! but yeah, you need to add a gutshot...

I etch with FeCl3 (Ferric Chloride) as well.
On the places it ate through your resist, if you are using FeCl3 as etchant, you might want to consider going over the areas you don't want etched with nail polish. Since I started doing that, I never get any of those annoying little pits or any accidental etching in places where its not supposed to be. They're pretty much clean as a whistle.

Yes,heating (and sometimes re-heating) FeCl3 makes it etch a lot better.
As for agitating the etchant, I too tried the brush/sponging/dabbing method, but it didn't work well for me. Most of the guys who get such great results with dabbing/sponging/brushing don't use Ferric Chloride. The dabbing/brushing method Seems to allow Ferric chloride to cool off too much. If FeCl3 stays all together in the container it stays warmer longer, which is key to ferric chloride.

This guy uses Ferric Chloride and gets amazing results, using HP Glossy Presentation Paper and a little different agitation technique. I had been using PNP, but tried his agitation technique and the HP Glossy Presentation Paper and couldn't believe the improvement in my etches the very first time, especially in the fine details, edge sharpness and small print:

http://music.codydeschenes.com/?page_id=2035

Hope this helps on your next one.

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: lmorse on October 28, 2014, 04:00:39 PM
 :D
Thanks or the feedback. I have just left for work (I work away for 8 days, then home for 6, every two weeks) so can't do a gut shot until I return next week.

Oooh the suspense!  ;)
Title: Re: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: threepwood on October 31, 2014, 02:41:09 PM
My take on Deadastronaut's Chasm reverb. Not very precise etch wise but I think the grungyness adds to the theme.
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/10/31/a7da5edab0ad0b28df3cf4abbc0d18b0.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: lmorse on November 01, 2014, 02:13:11 AM
Looks great!
 :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: joeowens994 on November 01, 2014, 10:35:01 PM
Hi Everyone!

First time poster but a long time lurker. I was inspired by all of the awesome etching that was posted in this thread, and I figured I should give it a go. I kept the design nice and simple, and used this tutorial: http://diy-guitar-effects.tumblr.com/etching. Anyways, here's my first etched enclosure after a clear coat:

(http://38.media.tumblr.com/820c6c0f55129ee924e406b481f0e264/tumblr_nee40jIrmW1sw2rpso1_500.jpg)

Overall I think it turned out pretty good but I need to be more careful masking the edges I think. The effect itself is Anchovie's Noise Ensemble, which you can find on the forums.

I've got some tips for fellow Australians in terms of sourcing goods to do it yourself. Firstly, I used Colour Copy Glossy Laser Paper from Officeworks to print on, using a Brother DCP-1510 laser printer. I got acetone from Bunnings, and the Caustic Soda from Coles (Bunnings have it cheaper but they were out of stock for me). Then I just use enamel spray paint from Super Cheap Auto to spray over the etch and sand it back using 2000 grit sandpaper also available from Super Cheap. So between Officeworks, Super Cheap, and Bunnings, you should be able to find everything you need.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: lmorse on November 02, 2014, 04:57:23 PM
Cool box Joe.

I got my enamel from Masters. Will look in Coles for Caustic Soda!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on November 05, 2014, 05:11:23 AM
finished my latest chasm reverb ... the 'CELTIC CHASM'

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7464107/WP_20141105_012.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7464107/WP_20141105_003.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7464107/WP_20141105_006.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7464107/WP_20141105_008.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7464107/WP_20141105_011.jpg)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7464107/WP_20141105_014.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: peterg on November 05, 2014, 10:38:54 AM
Looks great Rob. Is that an Eddystone box?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on November 05, 2014, 10:48:29 AM
cheers man, yep eddystone... 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on November 05, 2014, 12:19:05 PM
finished my latest chasm reverb ... the 'CELTIC CHASM'

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7464107/WP_20141105_012.jpg)

That looks sick Rob, exemplary work as always! :)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on November 05, 2014, 12:24:18 PM
cheers graham... ;)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: duck_arse on November 06, 2014, 08:58:24 AM
it screams "led zep!" at me. but in a good way. nice work, as ever rob, he said through gritted teeth ....
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on November 07, 2014, 02:11:25 PM
How do!

My latest is a Tonebender MKIII, loving the sound this kicks out!

Cans are 2N404, Fuzz Dog board with onboard inverter. Box etched with NaOH and some groovy retro themed art!

(http://38.media.tumblr.com/20c94884b8cb02008a50ea1b4c8383d8/tumblr_neon80Ld4E1s7epwwo3_500.jpg)

(http://33.media.tumblr.com/0e507c0361fa388ede19bc939452a924/tumblr_neon80Ld4E1s7epwwo1_500.jpg)

(http://31.media.tumblr.com/6d289d1242c0d8d06fd59064b1e461de/tumblr_neon80Ld4E1s7epwwo2_500.jpg)

(http://31.media.tumblr.com/fdc687cfdc7bfb80193618049cc75641/tumblr_neon80Ld4E1s7epwwo4_500.jpg)

I also gave my Micro POG a new coat!

(http://38.media.tumblr.com/444e4e96f40a4820c03b553380699549/tumblr_neogbibFil1s7epwwo1_500.jpg)

Cheers!
Graham
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pettol on November 09, 2014, 01:43:34 AM
Amazing work, Rob and Graham!

Oh, the itch. So little time these days...
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on November 09, 2014, 03:53:44 AM
Love the bender.... 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: lmorse on November 09, 2014, 11:02:49 PM
Just got back home from working away, and here is the long promised gut shot for my Fuzz. Sorry for the delay, I work away for a couple of weeks at a time.

(http://i1115.photobucket.com/albums/k558/leemorse/IMG_10121.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: thomasha on November 17, 2014, 05:44:47 AM
Little Angel Chorus Bday edition, board by frequency central
(http://i1303.photobucket.com/albums/ag159/Thomas_Eduardt_Hafemann/PhotoNov16120005_zps046c2bb5.jpg?t=1416148974)
not as clean as I like, but still nice.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: nicoo on November 23, 2014, 08:10:55 AM
A quick done Distortion+, with a "mouse carpet" grip :-*
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7461/15239173853_0550a11e02_z_d.jpg)
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7464/15833016996_6de99ae195_z_d.jpg)
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7462/15671299948_79102ed3b8_z_d.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pettol on November 23, 2014, 09:10:43 AM
Reversed and normal etch.

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/5348226/builtboxes/DST-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Perrow on November 23, 2014, 04:07:28 PM
(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/5348226/builtboxes/DST-1.jpg)

(http://img.pandawhale.com/36243-slow-clap-citizen-kane-orson-w-EOU1.gif)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on November 23, 2014, 04:36:45 PM
Yep. Bravo. Thats excellent... :icon_cool:
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: bluebunny on November 24, 2014, 02:53:31 AM
+1    8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: lmorse on November 24, 2014, 03:06:17 AM
VERY stylish

 :D
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Hexjibber on November 24, 2014, 03:13:02 AM
(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/5348226/builtboxes/DST-1.jpg)

Awesome work!
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pettol on November 25, 2014, 05:43:01 AM
Thanks a lot guys.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: duck_arse on November 25, 2014, 08:09:24 AM
A quick done Distortion+, with a "mouse carpet" grip :-*
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7461/15239173853_0550a11e02_z_d.jpg)


I love that chunder carpet. I'll be around to cut some up, cover a box with it.

as for pettol, well, it's getting a bit ridiculous. even hex-head grubs in the knobs? really?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: lars-musik on November 25, 2014, 09:54:06 AM
Incredible:


(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/5348226/builtboxes/DST-1.jpg)



Here's a reverse etched enclosure for my Small Clone chorus. Somehow I achieved the complete opposite to Pettol's miracle: a shabby, 30+-years-on-stage-and-drinking-look. Dirty appearance for a clean sound.

But it has a rate LED, a guitar/bass selector and an adjustable MN3007 clock speed.

(http://i1244.photobucket.com/albums/gg578/lars-musik/Small%20Clone/Chorus_Small_Clone.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on November 25, 2014, 09:56:54 AM
 :D i can't even look at it... :D  ;)



Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: lars-musik on November 26, 2014, 04:51:08 AM
:D i can't even look at it... :D  ;)

That's allright and much better than my allergy to the SOUND of choruses I developed in the beginning of the 90s that I'm just ridding myself of.

Anyway I really like the looks – it's something that won't be easy to do again. Similar to the first take of a recording where everything's perfect - EXCEPT for the band popping beer bottles in the background and chattering away. I never manage to re-capture that first take quality and I guess it will be the same with this etch/paint job if I'd try to copy it.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on November 26, 2014, 04:58:00 AM
yeah i had that chorus allergy too for a while , always reminded me of whitesnake ;D...its a love or hate thing i think...

 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: thomasha on November 26, 2014, 05:59:12 AM
It's the bottom etch, but it looks amazing to me!

(http://i1303.photobucket.com/albums/ag159/Thomas_Eduardt_Hafemann/DSC_0545_zps25a882f8.jpg)

etching pictures isn't that difficult!
And made some leaves too, with a nice green color
(http://i1303.photobucket.com/albums/ag159/Thomas_Eduardt_Hafemann/DSC_0564_zps4e9ea7e1.jpg)

not as clean as Pettol's, that was really impressive, how do you do that?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pettol on November 26, 2014, 09:15:29 AM
Beautiful!


(http://i1303.photobucket.com/albums/ag159/Thomas_Eduardt_Hafemann/DSC_0564_zps4e9ea7e1.jpg)

not as clean as Pettol's, that was really impressive, how do you do that?

I etched mine with NaOH (PnP blue as mask), machine sanded it a bit with 2000 grit, and machine polished it with chrome polish.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: edy_wheazel on November 28, 2014, 09:16:28 AM
 Maxon OD808 clone

(http://i59.tinypic.com/j08nep.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: WhiskeyMadeMeDoIt on December 03, 2014, 06:21:02 PM
Not finished yet but I was pretty happy with this etch.
Acid etch using a photo resist method. KoT clone
 (http://i.imgur.com/anG1gscl.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on December 04, 2014, 01:42:27 AM
@edy. Reminds me of ancient alien cave art... 8)

@mark. Came out nice man..lemmy would be proud.. 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: lmorse on December 07, 2014, 02:59:57 AM
I am having issues with getting a good toner transfer on an enclosure.

I have created 2 boxes previously with great results. However I am having little success with the current enclosure...

Results have been patchy. What toner does transfer can easily be scratched off with a fingernail. The last one I did for 30 minutes and the transfer was worse than one, using the same paper, for 22 minutes.

I was wondering has anyone had issues with too much preparation of the box, or keeping it under the iron for too long? Or maybe this box has something in the aluminium that is preventing good transfer?

Does anyone have any other suggestions? I have been at this one enclosure for 2 days now trying to get a good transfer.  ???
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: lmorse on December 07, 2014, 03:07:11 AM
ooops, sorry all, just realised this is the Pictures thread, wrong place.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on December 07, 2014, 04:33:21 AM
i never understand why people iron for ages..

the box gets f...g hot real quick, and the toner melts really quick too..

i place my transfer down, put an iron on it and leave it for 10-15 seconds (to bond so it wont move) ,

then.. i start to move the flat iron over the surface.....then i use the tip of the iron over

edges, and criss cross the whole thing....couple of more flat iron sweeps...done..

leave box to cool a little, then peel off whilst still warm...clean image. sorted..

all in all about 2-3 mins max from start to fin..(once iron is hot )

maybe your toner cartridge is running out?...and becoming thinner..maybe!.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Filip on December 07, 2014, 03:49:54 PM
This is my very first build, my very first etch and my very first reversed etch.

I read about a technique using painters tape to cover up the area that I did not want to etch. So I covered the top of the pedal with tape and started cutting out my flash with a scalpel. It survived the etch really well but when I took of the tape I realized I had cut so deep with the scalpel the lines showed through. I thought it looked kind of nice so I went with it and here it is now.

(https://33.media.tumblr.com/caa0ad98d32faa1a2f4b62b58d379c38/tumblr_ng8c9hTqyh1tmlm2oo1_500.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: lmorse on December 07, 2014, 04:28:22 PM
Looks cool
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: hylandren on December 08, 2014, 04:37:32 PM
I am having issues with getting a good toner transfer on an enclosure.

I have created 2 boxes previously with great results. However I am having little success with the current enclosure...
  • I spent a long time sanding the box down with 220 grit
  • I cleaned the enclosure with acetone and water and soap
  • I have tried 5 different kind of papers (photo paper and the backing of sticky labels)
  • I have tried ironing for between 14-30 minutes
  • I have tried various combinations of the above, sanding down after each unsuccessful attempt, sometime wiping with acetone, sometimes only soap and water, sometimes just a clean rag
  • I am using the same batch of toner as the last enclosures
Results have been patchy. What toner does transfer can easily be scratched off with a fingernail. The last one I did for 30 minutes and the transfer was worse than one, using the same paper, for 22 minutes.
I was wondering has anyone had issues with too much preparation of the box, or keeping it under the iron for too long? Or maybe this box has something in the aluminium that is preventing good transfer?
Does anyone have any other suggestions? I have been at this one enclosure for 2 days now trying to get a good transfer.  ???

I agree that ironing that long may be causing a significant number of problems.
I had a lot of the same issues you are having until I stopped using PNP blue and did two things:

1. I switched to this guy's methods: http://music.codydeschenes.com/?page_id=2035
I instantly started getting cleaner etches and sharper lines with the presentation paper he recommends. The paper is cheap, easy to get, and once in place almost bullet proof! As per the recommendation in his tutorial, I sanded with a scotchbrite type of pad, and the resist stayed in place! Seriously.

2. I go over everything I don't want to be etched with nail enamel. I can't stand even small accidental etching pits, and using the nail enamel has pretty much eliminated them for me. 
Hope this helps.

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: glops on December 08, 2014, 05:30:20 PM
(http://www.aronnelson.com/gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=51821&g2_serialNumber=1)

Don't think I'm going to paint this baby....
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: bloxstompboxes on December 08, 2014, 10:26:53 PM
Beautiful. How did you get the texture on that?
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: glops on December 09, 2014, 12:12:04 AM
The texture in the etched areas most likely are from doing the etches withe the enclosure face up. I pour the acid on top and then spread it with a chip brush. I do this several times so its basically etching unevenly where different parts of the enclosure are getting burned longer. At least I think that's what's going on...
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on December 09, 2014, 04:03:46 AM
Cool. Looks like. A luna surface...

Unpainted etches do have a certain industrial charm.... 8)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: italianguy63 on December 09, 2014, 04:11:43 AM
My .02..

I use DA's ironing technique too.  Works for me.

I use HP brand presentation paper.  Cheap-- works well.  Releases easy with water.

I go over everything with a paint pencil (instead of nail polish)-- The paint pencils come in different shaped tips, so you can do big areas or really tight areas depending on the tip you use.  Keeps the "shadows" way down.  Worth the extra effort and expense.  I tape over the big areas with blue masking tape.

I think if you go into an image correction software package-- you can select "gamma correction" and it will darken the darks-- hence dump MORE TONER.  I make sure the blacks are really black and not just dark grey in the image file.

MC

Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: hylandren on December 09, 2014, 01:55:50 PM

I think if you go into an image correction software package-- you can select "gamma correction" and it will darken the darks-- hence dump MORE TONER.  I make sure the blacks are really black and not just dark grey in the image file.


Yes n Self Destroyer's etching tutorial, he says to print at the highest density possible. IMHO, that is uber important.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Pettol on December 10, 2014, 06:44:37 AM
 
Don't think I'm going to paint this baby....

No! You should leave it right there. Very cool.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: glops on December 10, 2014, 08:23:37 PM
Don't think I'm going to paint this baby....

No! You should leave it right there. Very cool.

Definitely, not painting it! Thanks, dudes.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: iq01221 on December 19, 2014, 01:12:55 PM
Zombie chorus, I hope U like it:
(http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/k540/iq01221/th_10340143_10205763506672630_6721809861723172691_n_zps2fc45a77.jpg) (http://s1114.photobucket.com/user/iq01221/media/10340143_10205763506672630_6721809861723172691_n_zps2fc45a77.jpg.html)
Guts:
(http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/k540/iq01221/th_triperio_zps06fc9b59.jpg) (http://s1114.photobucket.com/user/iq01221/media/triperio_zps06fc9b59.jpg.html)
Post-etching:
(http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/k540/iq01221/th_DESPUEacuteSDELATACADOc_zps5d4df9f8.jpg) (http://s1114.photobucket.com/user/iq01221/media/DESPUEacuteSDELATACADOc_zps5d4df9f8.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: Trippy Demon on December 26, 2014, 05:58:17 AM
After some failures I didn't do etching for a while until Deadastronaut mentioned not to iron for too long... So done that and much tighter etches, just need to put more work in sanding the top smoothly, but I also like the roughness the etch gets from the scratches from lazy sanding...
(http://www.cosmicandroid.com/foto/Scrambler_04.jpg)
(http://www.cosmicandroid.com/foto/Scrambler_11.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: thomasha on January 16, 2015, 04:45:45 PM
hi guys,
my newest etch:
(http://i1303.photobucket.com/albums/ag159/Thomas_Eduardt_Hafemann/DSC_0661_zps686ee279.jpg)
Now, let's paint it!
Thomas
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: edy_wheazel on January 17, 2015, 03:22:37 AM
 Triple Wreck

(http://i62.tinypic.com/2v362cm.jpg)

(http://i61.tinypic.com/2vlw4zc.jpg)
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: bluebunny on January 17, 2015, 06:05:25 AM
my newest etch:
(http://i1303.photobucket.com/albums/ag159/Thomas_Eduardt_Hafemann/DSC_0661_zps686ee279.jpg)

Etch??  It looks like it's hand-carved by pixies!   :D   Lovely work.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: duck_arse on January 17, 2015, 08:39:19 AM
chased by an aztec? too much.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: deadastronaut on January 17, 2015, 12:22:39 PM
Love that mayan calendar...cool.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: thomasha on January 17, 2015, 02:31:00 PM
it's for my solstice reverb build,
so i thought the calendar would be a nice hint...
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: snowman910 on January 17, 2015, 09:12:28 PM
Hello all,

I'm doing my first caustic soda etched enclosure, and printed on laser printer to glossy paper (not photographic and not magazine), ironed per http://diy-guitar-effects.tumblr.com/etching and after well cooled, peeled, and the printed side of the paper remains stuck by the toner to the box, a thin white layer obscuring the toner mask.  I am afraid anything I do to remove the remaining paper will also remove toner, and am wondering whether the caustic soda will eat away the paper and I should just proceed with taping off the edges and sides of the enclosure and the etching of the enclosure, or whether I need to use something else to remove the paper residue.  I did peel an intact sheet of paper from the enclosure, but not the glossy surface of the paper to which the toner was adhered.

Looking to next time, should I not let the enclosure cool fully, to avoid this?

snowman910
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: psychedelicfish on January 17, 2015, 09:44:32 PM
Some people soak the enclosure in water after ironing on the toner to help remove the paper. I've only really done a few toner transfers, but after a few minutes soaking in warm water you should be able to rub off the remaining paper with your fingers. If the toner is well stuck on, you can be fairly vigorous with the rubbing before you have to worry about the toner flaking off.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: snowman910 on January 18, 2015, 01:19:31 AM
Thanks, Psychedelic Fish, I'll use this approach tomorrow. 
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: vigilante397 on January 18, 2015, 11:59:11 PM
I second the wise words of psychedelic fish. I have done many a toner transfer in my day (though I don't pretend by any stretch of imagination to be an expert), and while I never had such problems with things like PNP blue I recently made the switch to magazine paper, and have found that soaking in warm water definitely does the trick.
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: lars-musik on January 19, 2015, 07:56:43 AM
This is my first etch with the toner transfer method  and FeCL3 (40%) as etchant.  I also soaked the enclosure in warm water after cooling and used a washing-up brush to remove the paper. It is crucial to let the whole thing cool down properly after ironing. I took me three attempts to do it right because I wasn't patient enough after ironing and peeled off the still warm toner with the paper twice. Throwing it in cold water didn't help either (I wonder why), so finally I just let it sit for half an hour and the transfer was nearly perfect.
Previously I used photoresist and H2O2 plus HCl but the photoresist wasn't stable enough for deep etches.
This one came out pretty good (although I never really succeed in painting and sanding reverse etches). Next time I'll try less strong FeCl3, because this time the enclosure got quite hot during etching  and subsequently the toner detached.

(http://i1244.photobucket.com/albums/gg578/lars-musik/Prof_Etch.jpg)
A thread to this pedal is also here: http://www.diystompboxes.com/smfforum/index.php?topic=109664.0
Title: Re: Etched enclosures
Post by: hylandren on January 19, 2015, 01:52:09 PM
snowman910, when I switched to presentation paper (having us