I have always had a healthy respect for the acid I use to etch beads, but after finding these beads I am now just plain fearful! I am seriously considering not buying any more ever again and just tumble etch my beads. I etch A LOT and just hate this acid, but its much quicker and easier than a 2 hour tumble.
So any experienced lampworker might have already noticed that these beads are still on a mandrel (duh) with the bead release is indeed intact AND that the beads are etched. Somebody who has never etched beads before may not even think this is anything worth making note of or something to be feared so let me explain. Etching beads is done after the beads are removed from the mandrel. The beads need to be submerged in the liquid acid for several minutes. (I have been meaning to do a quick tutorial on how I etch beads – have the pictures done already so I will follow up with this here soon.) So far as I am aware of there is no way to etch beads and end up with what you see in the photo above. Unless…..you leave them in a basket next to your etching solution for about 10 days. Yup, that’s how this happened.
I used to leave my etching solution bottles in a basket hanging above my kitchen sink. This is where everything gets etched and its just close and easy. But now I fear just what this stuff is doing to even the air I breathe. How in the world did this happen? The beads were placed in that basket about 2 weeks ago. All they did was sit right there next to the bottle of etch bath! So now if you don’t want to touch the acid and have a week to ten days to spare, just leave your beads close to the acid and the etching will happen while you eat, sleep, make more beads and who knows what else. But just remember, just because its safely stored away in a bottle doesn’t mean it isn’t doing its job. Ugh, the stuff is now being stored in the laundry room.
So, where do you store you acid?