My first foray into botanical etching was done with some scraps of sheet copper I had left from a custom built planter box project. I had been looking for a way to add dimension and color to some of my fitted tracery pieces and thought leaf imprints might be a good place to start. Dani Cage’s use of leaf litter to add color to copper clad table tops in her willow furnishings was an inspiration.
I started with leaves from my yard: fig, ginko, japanese maple and redbud, along with an assortment of weed trees in the alley gave me the raw materials. I was curious to see how the chemicals in the leaves would react to copper. Below is a detail of a fig leaf etched on copper.