The artwork is printed out on a special transfer paper, and applied to the metal using a combination of heat and pressure. Laser printer toner is composed of plastic particles, so it can easily be remelted and transferred onto a variety of surfaces – in this case, Argentium Sterling Silver.
Once the resist is applied to the metal, the uncovered silver is exposed to an etchant. In this case I used a Ferric Nitrate solution to etch the silver. After the desired depth is achieved, the silver is removed from the etchant, rinsed thoroughly, and neutralized to stop any further etching. The resist is removed and metal is cleaned.
The next step is to cut out the circles and prep them for forming. The circles are formed using a wooden dapping block and punch. Wood is used so that the etching is not damage in the forming process. After forming the two halves are soldered together for create a hollow “pillow”.