Etching Damascus Steel with a Copper or Brass Finish

If you would like a copper or brass look to your piece, simply put a small piece in your ferric chloride. The piece will be thinly plated during etching. If you hang the piece from a copper wire into the etchant you can unintentionally accomplish this. Wonder how I know that? Your ferric chloride will be forever contaminated from making a clean etch again. I can’t speak to how well or long it will hold up to use or if it will happen in a coke etch. If you experiment with this send me a photo or a note about it.