Artist Sara Blumenstein is a designer and inventor. She lives and works in Great Neck, New York.
"In my life, science and art have always been inextricably connected.
My educational qualifications include an MS in Science Education and certification to teach Art through high school.
As a middle school science teacher, I was always looking for ways to make the science meaningful and marry the learning to real life. Chemical etching turned out to be a great activity for this purpose. As a designer, a minimalist, I am interested in how to get the most from the least. When I first tried using Ferric chloride to etch, I was surprised at the good results, even for a beginner. The simplicity of the process really hooked me. My focus has always been on creating 3 dimensional objects. Some are practical, some are artistic and some are just for fun. When I first learned about 3D printing, I knew it would be my next frontier. At this point, I am still a neophyte, and use a 3D drawing program called Rhino. It never ceases to amaze me that I am able to design and print out an object in my apartment as if I have my own little factory."
- Sara Blumenstein, 2021To learn more about Sara's work, please visit http://ighdesigns.com.
Ferric chloride is an easy to use, fairly benign, chemical for etching images into copper. Rubber stamps, permanent markers, and printer transfer paper can all be used to create complex designs. You never really know what you will get when the piece is cleaned up, but it’s usually a nice surprise. Participants will be able to etch and take with them their own finished design on a copper blank. All necessary materials will be provided.