Gosh, I was doing so good for about 7 days in terms of keeping up with new content on my blog….that was because I was actually CREATING NEW CONTENT. Novel idea!
Well, for this preggers, a persistent cough and sleepless nights have kept me away from my sewing machine for fear that I might fall asleep and gouge my fingers right through the needleplate, right over them there feederdogs…not a good idea!
So, I decided to take this opportunity to post pictures from our Most (albeit no-so-) Recent MAKE IT MONDAY!
This time around we tried our hands at GLASS ETCHING!
I’ll post the pictures and then at the bottom I’ll offer a few tips about getting the best results…I’m still quite a novice, so these are just a beginner’s thoughts!!!
Warning - not all of these pictures are worthy of photography awards...but the girls sure are darling, aren't they!
Fabs in front...Theresa on the left NEVER has any other expression on her face!
who turned the lights off all of a sudden???
You can see we are serious crafters!
Now this table was into some serious etching!
One thing you can do during this project is create your own design/template out of contact paper. That's what's going on here...or atleast that's what it looks like!
Two of the most darling ladies I know...and not too shabby at etching, either!
good thing we had a few no-shows!
Yeah, so this is blurry, these girls are too cute not to include this photo! (Sorry Fabs and Theresa, but there's no way I'm gonna zoom in on your glass!)
Like a good Texan, she made her Texas template from memory!
Claire personalized her kitty's bowl....nice kitty.
gotta love those Moustache glasses!!!
This is Misti's fabulous free-hand design...just before she washed off the etching cream! gorgeous!
Okay, now for a little how-to / mini explanation / tutorial…
1. Purchase Glass Etching Cream. It’s a little hard to find, but if you have a Hobby Lobby you can find it there. Otherwise, click on the link for Amazon. It’s a bit expensive, but it goes a LONG way!!
2. You’ll also need paintbrushes of various sizes, a disposable bowl for the cream, gloves if you prefer, a cover for your work surface…and contact paper + exacto knife + self healing mat – if you decide to make your own stencil/decal.
3. All you do, after you’ve created or chosen your stencil, is peel the sticky part off and place it on your glass. Dip your brush into the etching cream, and apply an even coat of the cream all over the design. ***One major key to a nicely finished etched project is that you apply the cream evenly. We learned that putting way more than necessary was actually a safe bet!
4. The directions on the bottle say to leave the cream on the glass for 5 minutes. I personally think the ones that stayed on there for much longer had much better results. Just give the old trial-and-error routine!
5. When you’re ready, wash off the cream with luke warm water, dry your glass…and, to be safe, run through the dishwasher. You’re done. Easy as that!
6. So….it really is “easy as that”…but for some reason it’s not “easy as that!” It just takes a while to get your groove on this project, atleast for most of us. While it wasn’t my favorite project ever…I’ll definitely give it another try…someday!
If you have your own suggestions for good Etching techniques, please share!!!
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