Author Topic: Etched enclosures  (Read 708960 times)

bluebunny

Re: Etched enclosures
« Reply #2440 on: October 31, 2018, 04:22:05 AM »
Let me fix that for you.

Maybe Definitely I'll throw a For Sale post together when I get home to unload the ~50 surplus boards I have lying around.

 ;D
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michelterres

Re: Etched enclosures
« Reply #2441 on: October 31, 2018, 10:07:35 AM »
This one went wrong with the toner transfer, but I decided to go with it.


deadastronaut

Re: Etched enclosures
« Reply #2442 on: October 31, 2018, 10:10:31 AM »
i think it suits it....happy accidents.  8)
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bluebunny

Re: Etched enclosures
« Reply #2443 on: October 31, 2018, 02:16:46 PM »
I'm with Rob.  I think that looks really cool.  You just need to replace that nasty ol' white plastic footswitch washer with a tarnished brass one.  :icon_cool:
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deadastronaut

Re: Etched enclosures
« Reply #2444 on: October 31, 2018, 02:23:08 PM »
Kudos on the switches holes and fitting too....nice.  cool build man.  8)

+1 on the washer... :)
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ElectricDruid

Re: Etched enclosures
« Reply #2445 on: October 31, 2018, 04:22:36 PM »
Another +1. That looks fabulous how it is.

If they'd not pointed out the damn washer, I wouldn't even have cared...I think maybe leave it on a sunny windowsill for a couple of months to get slightly yellowed. That would be enough.

T.

italianguy63

Re: Etched enclosures
« Reply #2446 on: October 31, 2018, 04:42:16 PM »
I really like it!

MC
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Joncaster

Re: Etched enclosures
« Reply #2447 on: November 01, 2018, 06:32:18 AM »
Yeah! That really inspires me to put some love into my next build.
So great.
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thermionix

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Re: Etched enclosures
« Reply #2448 on: November 01, 2018, 08:22:38 AM »
I'm with Rob.  I think that looks really cool.  You just need to replace that nasty ol' white plastic footswitch washer with a tarnished brass one.  :icon_cool:

Tarnished nickel-plated would be cool too.  Yeah, embrace the rustic look, and tarnish the switch screw heads, F/S button, etc.  FeCl on a Q-tip.  Screws and such can be done "loose" and rinsed with water when done.  For the F/S button, wipe off thoroughly after optimum results are achieved.  Don't get FeCl down in the switch, obviously.

Actually, FeCl will also "yellow" the white indicator lines on the knobs too, if you want to go that far with it.

Or you can just wait a few decades.
« Last Edit: November 01, 2018, 08:25:25 AM by thermionix »

michelterres

Re: Etched enclosures
« Reply #2449 on: November 01, 2018, 10:15:37 AM »
I never thought about buying new washers to replace the FS ones, thats something I will definitely try. I have some spare knobs too, so I will also try to "yellow" them with FeCl. Thanks for the tips guys.

garyg

Re: Etched enclosures
« Reply #2450 on: November 01, 2018, 06:09:41 PM »
Any one here ever done much with salt water etching?

Just had a play with an old, folded aluminium box and wondering if I was expecting too much:



(big versh here if interested: https://i.pinimg.com/originals/b2/16/f1/b216f17d6668b90995eef3ede1e860aa.jpg

I just scribbled the design on with a paint marker and left it for 10 mins in a salt water bath (wired up to a 12V 2A supply). The -ve connection was bubbling away but not much seemed to be happening on the box so I left it for a bit (ie. got distracted and forgot about it for an hour...). So this was the result after a light wire wool buffing (yeah, scratched the unetched detail...)

I really like the texture of the etched metal but thought it would be deeper, you can just about catch the raised bits with your finger nail. I did slip up in that the bit of scrap I used wasn't aluminium as I first thought, I guess it was galvanised steel, wonder if that mnakes a big difference?

Anyway, I like the general feel of it so will play some more.


davent

Re: Etched enclosures
« Reply #2451 on: November 03, 2018, 03:52:38 PM »
This one went wrong with the toner transfer, but I decided to go with it.



Gun Metal Bluing works great for aging steel parts like the switch screws the stompbox switch's nut, top of the plunger, jack hardware, washers etc. That or a propane torch but watch out on the stompswitch nut, melted a few of those, Neutrik/Switchcraft, jack nuts can take the heat, heat thn to blue no problem.

have had great results with this product.



I think the etch looks great the way it turned out, about perfect the way it looks.
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diffeq

Re: Etched enclosures
« Reply #2452 on: November 23, 2018, 06:19:43 AM »
Finished this one recently. My very first etch (after countless woes with "heatless" toner transfer):







italianguy63

Re: Etched enclosures
« Reply #2453 on: November 23, 2018, 06:30:18 AM »
Finished this one recently. My very first etch (after countless woes with "heatless" toner transfer):







Awesome!  Great outcome.

It takes a lot of patience to get them to come out that clean!

MC
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Marcos - Munky

Re: Etched enclosures
« Reply #2454 on: November 23, 2018, 09:23:07 AM »
Diffeq, really nice etch and really nice pedal. Which layout have you used for the board?

diffeq

Re: Etched enclosures
« Reply #2455 on: November 23, 2018, 09:55:32 AM »

Awesome!  Great outcome.

It takes a lot of patience to get them to come out that clean!

MC
Thanks, Mark! I'll get a proper sanding block next time, following yours and Deadastronaut' advice. Still a long way to go till I'll manage to etch more complex and detailed graphics.

Diffeq, really nice etch and really nice pedal. Which layout have you used for the board?

Thanks. I've made my own layout and had PCB fabbed, quite a while ago. Was my first layout back then.

deadastronaut

Re: Etched enclosures
« Reply #2456 on: November 23, 2018, 12:46:55 PM »
came out great... 8) 8) 8)
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thomasha

Re: Etched enclosures
« Reply #2457 on: November 26, 2018, 02:24:19 PM »
Made a wave and lighthouse etch to my latest ultra flanger build, it looks kind of dark, I should have seen that before inverting the colors.





I guess I don't need all the detail of that etch anyway, it is difficult to see anything as small as 1mm in an inverted etch. With the LED it looks cool, it flashes with the LFO too.

vigilante397

Re: Etched enclosures
« Reply #2458 on: November 26, 2018, 03:33:07 PM »
"I'm not sure what "serious design flaws" you see. Does it explode or poison your dog?" - PRR

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lars-musik

Re: Etched enclosures
« Reply #2459 on: December 17, 2018, 07:10:27 AM »
Pre-Christmas relaxation excercise. A Chunk Brown Dog Fuzz in a largely oversized 1550B!