Sunday, February 12, 2017

Self-challenge Week 11

A while back I posted my progress on two bowls. The first one got finished in week 6 of this self-challenge. And today, the second one is done.

In the time between January 8 and now, I decided to do something with the interior and finally settled on etching in a text. This is intended to be an enigmatic object, so I won't be revealing the nature of the text. LSMW-2017-EA-003 is a Bowl of Unknown Use With Interior Text. It was found in a non-grave context in one of the mounds excavated by the Elsewhen Antiquities project.

Exterior patina is ferric nitrate with a little cupric nitrate.

Liver of Sulfur patina on the inside.

Some of the text. Any guesses what it says?


  1. You will be driving archeologist, a thousand years from now, crazy!😄
    This bowl turned out fabulous!... what was your etching mordant and resist, ask this inquiring mind.😄

  2. Edinburgh etch (3 parts ferric chloride, 1 part citric acid); resist was Stabilo OH Universal pen, fine tip. Magic marker for the edge and plastic shopping bag glued onto the outside. Since it's a bowl I just poured the mordant into it. 40 minutes etching time.

  3. wohoo...I can feel some kind of weird satisfaction after watching pictures... its always seems so good to assemble your stuff in proper place..good to see this as well..!!