I decided to use some nickel silver I have on hand for the back of the "magic" necklace. I etched it with a cool stamp I have. It will be trimmed so that the eye is the focus. It has a mysterious somewhat occult feel to it that will go well with the theme of magic as illusion.
I also etched a couple of other pieces. The longhorn and the winged heart will probably go on cuffs.
This is the first time I have etched nickel silver. I removed the pieces after only 45 minutes because the StazOn ink was coming off the longhorn. Usually that doesn't happen quite so quickly. The ferric chloride was fresh but the etch wasn't as deep as what I usually get with the copper and brass. I don't know if nickel silver is harder to etch or if there was a problem with the ferric chloride. My last ferric chloride etched very well, but when I opened it up tonight there was a metallic gray/blue crystalline stuff floating on the surface. It was like a very thin sheet of some sort of crystal. This is the first time I've seen that. Later when I have some time I'll pour it through a filter and see if it still etches after the crystalline stuff is removed.