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Turn scrap metal into etched art in this DIY tutorial

Feb. 2, 2018

YouTuber The King of Random demonstrates how to use electricity and salt water to carve custom designs into steel.

During my previous life as an artist, I often created prints using etched metal plates. While the idea of reproducing a piece of work just by reapplying ink was exciting, the reality of etching and re-etching plates in baths of harsh-smelling chemicals was far less glamorous. If only I had known that I could achieve the same results with a nine-volt battery and some salt water. In a recent video, YouTuber The King of Random demonstrates how to use electricity and salt water to carve custom designs into steel. Maybe it’s time to give my stainless-steel refrigerator a makeover.

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Alexis Gajewski | Senior Content Strategist

Alexis Gajewski has over 15 years of experience in the maintenance, reliability, operations, and manufacturing space. She joined Plant Services in 2008 and works to bring readers the news, insight, and information they need to make the right decisions for their plants. Alexis also authors “The Lighter Side of Manufacturing,” a blog that highlights the fun and innovative advances in the industrial sector. 

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