I’m happy to introduce my new works, ‘Hybirds’.  They’re made from acid etched brass.  Which means that they’re cut using acid.  This is done by coating a sheet of brass with a material that resists the acid and then it is placed in a bath of acid that cuts through any areas that haven’t been treated with the resist.

Before you start imagining me up to my elbows in acid, I don’t actually do the acid etching myself.  I turn one of my drawings in to a digital drawing and send that off to a company that sends me back a lovely brass bird.  It’s an alchemical process as I’m transforming a simple drawing in to metal.

The birds are hybrid birds, I have transformed 2 birds into a knew breed of bird.  It was interesting seeing what birds worked best.

The 3 birds I have made are

Sparrow Hawk – which is the head and body of a sparrow and the wings and tale of a hawk
Pigeon Hawk – which is a pigeon with the wings of a hawk
Humming crow – which is a crow with the head of a ruby throated humming bird

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  1. Maisie Bowes
    Maisie Bowes03-20-2015

    Hello Claire,
    I love the hybirds they’re beautiful.
    I was wondering what company you used for the acid etching?
    Thank you
    Maisie Bowes

    • Claire Brewster
      Claire Brewster03-20-2015

      Hi Maisie

      I use PPD ltd or photo-etch.co.uk. They are both good though I’ve had some problems with photo-etch (being very slow and not returning phone calls etc.) so I have given up on them. I hope that helps.

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