Recycling is becoming very popular these days. As the world is becoming increasingly aware of the devastation we tend to have on our planet, people are coming forward and finding new ways to “Go Green” in the hopes that we can keep Earth alive, at least a little longer. One method many are coming to appreciate is the old, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure approach. Finding ways to reuse old products and materials is one way to not only save from throwing away items that are still useful, but it also allows people to save money, get creative and try something new. Especially in home décor today, many homeowners are finding ways to individualize their homes in a cost-effective manner. Craft sites are blowing up the internet showing people how to turn mason jars into wine glasses, use old wine bottles as vases and turn old metal and wood into wall hangings. What does this mean for metal etching? It means the industry just found a whole new medium.
Artists have already begun to use metal etching and chemical etching as a new process for their work; it is only a matter of time before the average consumer realizes the benefits as well. It could be used to make precise etchings on old metal pieces they may have. Whether it is an old car part, bit of fencing or something else, it could easily be turned into new fencing or a sign. It would add individuality as well as become a nice conversation starter for parties. The only issue with this however is the hazards associated with the process. Due to the fact that dangerous chemicals are used, that could be harmful to those working with them, it is a technique currently only used by professionals. While people can find a metal etcher willing to do the project for them, doing it for themselves is still slightly out of the question until some additional safety measures are taken. But with the rate of technology in today’s age, who knows when the opportunity will arrive.