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Replicating a broken white acid etched window

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erik winkler
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Replicating a broken white acid etched window

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Last week a client contacted me that her original pre second world war white etched panel was broken.
After calling different glass installers in her region she heard that it was and could not be done anymore.
After searching the web she found me and asked if I could replicate her family house treasure.
Yes I could and here are a few pictures of the process.
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Re: Replicating a broken white acid etched window

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Ha, the client even included some Maple leafs along with the broken glass. Looks like a good replication of the original.
How many tones were involved?
Did you use vinyl resist, or screen print?
Pat
Jerry Berg
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Re: Replicating a broken white acid etched window

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Looks like you did a very nice replication for your client Erik. Good job!
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Re: Replicating a broken white acid etched window

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Nice Work Erik.
What's On Your Book Shelf ?

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erik winkler
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Re: Replicating a broken white acid etched window

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It was only a three toned piece and the design was not that intricate so I chose vinyl as the easiest way to use as the resist.
Key factor was being carefull withe the first white etching resist so i would not have to place it exact on the same place when cutting it down for the third tone.
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Re: Replicating a broken white acid etched window

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So, a little play and a little work? A jig saw puzzle and some glass work, and you got paid for both?

Looks like your work clothes for this job prevented any side trips. :)

Where did you get the sink the acid work was done in, looks like a nice one?

Nice job!

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erik winkler
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My little niece should have helped me with the puzzle.
it took rediculous long to do the puzzle: three hours, who will ever pay those hours.
I had the tray custom made for me Danny, it was about 300 dollars.
I do my silvering and etching in it.
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Ha! You knew better then Erik!

If your niece had done it, and you paid her a little, you'd not only have saved money (time), but made one niece happy to help, and earn some!

Trays looks well made, $ 300 is a bargain. Looks like a nice job.

Merry Christmas to you too!

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Bill Masters
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Re: Replicating a broken white acid etched window

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Nice job Eric.
thanks for sharing, where can we buy plans for that sink,
I like howthe drain spout is built in.
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Thanks for sharing this lovely job erik.
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If anyone wants to build a tray like this, draw the plans up yourself and bring it to a plastics company.
Think about the maximum glass size you want to work with, take about 3 inches of extra space all around.
The inner height should be about 7 inches.

I thought about how to lift the tray for easy pooring out the acid and other liquids, without touching the dangerous chemicals.
I came up with a lifting border underneath the edges on all four sides (see photo).
This will mean that the bottom is flooting above the table for two inches.
If you will choose for the same setup remember to place studs of two inches underneath the bottom so that it will remain flat instead of hanging down due to its own weight: allways have a perfect horizontal level when silvering or acid etching.

The sprout is cool, but mine is a bit to thin, If I could redo it, I would have chosen a bigger one, so I could empty the tray much quicker.
The sprout costed a lot, but it could be done with a big piece of cork and a whole in the bottom or on the lowest place on the side, but just be sure it is safe and will not spil a drop of dangerous acid! The acid is lethal/deadly.
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Re: Replicating a broken white acid etched window

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Nice replication. I always chuckle at the puzzles we get like this. Al least it is more of a challenge than an "out of the box" picture puzzle and more of a satisfaction when completed. Cannot tell you how many times I have received a box full of even smaller pieces and not even a photo to go by. I guess that is why I have grandkids to work on such a puzzle. I really like your tub especially with the drain.

Great job on both.
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Re: Replicating a broken white acid etched window

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This is nicely made Erik. great job there mate. I see the polypropoleen trays came out good, I should of put some handles in mine.

very well done

Dave
Ingrid Mager
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Re: Replicating a broken white acid etched window

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Polypropylene and not polyethylene for the tank???
It was recommended to me by one HFA worker to use Polyethylene. . . which one should it be or does it make much difference?

One online source says:
"• Polypropylene is not as sturdy as polyethylene.
Polypropylene is stiffer and resistant to chemicals and organic solvents compared to polyethylene."

Thanks,
Inga
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Re: Replicating a broken white acid etched window

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Thanks for sharing this
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Ingrid Mager
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Re: Replicating a broken white acid etched window

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1) Can you tell us any more about the dividing piece you have in your tank that is standing vertically?

2) Maybe it is overkill, but I think a table where you could crank the height up from one side for draining might work well too. (I like your drain plug instead of a cork.)
Thanks,
Inga
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