Friday, June 14, 2013

Glass Etching

How do you add a little class to your glass?  Etch it of course!  I decided to turn this vase (as in "bars") into a vase (as in "base") using etchall® etching creme from B&B Products.  Look how classy this looks and it was SO easy.


 

What a great gift for a friend, or to brighten up your own home.  This is how easy it is:

    1.  Wash the piece of glass then dry thoroughly.
    2.  Cover any area you do not want to etch.  I created diagonal stripes on this vase using regular scotch brand tape. 


    3.  Make sure the edges of the tape are pressed down firmly onto the glass surface.
    4.  Cover one side of the glass with the etching creme.  Use the black spatula/squeegee to spread the etching creme thickly over one side of the glass (and yes, it will drip over the edge onto the next side).  Remember that this is etching creme and it will ETCH any shiny surface, so protect any surface you are working on.

 
 
    5.  After 15-20 mins, use the spatula to spread the creme over onto the next side.  Repeat for each side.   (This is a square vase so I did one side at a time.)  When you are finished, scrape the creme back into the bottle!!

ETCHALL® ETCHING CREME 
(AND DIP) IS RE-USABLE!!!!

Please note:  I used etching creme for this project, but it would have been much easier (and faster) to use etchall® Dip'n etch.

    6.  After all the creme has been scraped back into the bottle, rinse away the residue under running water then remove the tape.  Dry thoroughly then admire your glass with class.

There is so much to tell you about etchall® it would take me all night, so hop thru each of the DCC member blogs by clicking on the blue logo found in each blog sidebar to see how other designers used the product.  You can also find a wealth of information at www.etchall.com including "how to" videos and lots of inspiration.

As a decorative painter, I first used etchall® to etch glass plates! I loved painting on glass (it required no prep) and an etched piece of glass had "tooth" so the paint would stick.  Here are a couple of pieces that were featured in my book, Garden of Glassware published by Leisure Arts.




You can also personalize glass by etching.  On these two projects for example, I cut my own custom stencils using etchall Etchmask for the name "jennifer" and the title "Snow" using a digital die cutting machine and used them to etch this small glass bezel and a plain glass frame.  These samples are, of course, just scratching the surface (or should I say etching)..... imagine the possibilities!  Are YOU itching to etch yet? 

  


The "Snow" frame was featured on Scrapbook Memories, series 1300, so you can find the instructions @ http://www.scrapbooksouptv.com/projects/1300/1310/1310-5.htm

I know you're dying to start hopping, so hop to it and enjoy!  Y'all come back now.....

Yours truly,
Julie :)


KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON CRAFTING!
 

8 comments:

  1. Very cute projects, Julie! What a talented painter you are! I especially love the frame with your dog and his name etched with the snowflake! very creative! I'm going to pin it!

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    1. thanks Denise. I've always loved to paint. My very first book was a decorative painting book back in the early 90's.

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  2. I love all your lovely pieces! I especially love the beautiful flowered plates. Great way to show the many different ways the Etchall can be used!

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    1. thanks Carmen. Etched glass is a great surface for painting. I also love to create my own designs/stencils and cut them out on my Wishblade (digital die cutter). You can also make great stencils with Spellbinders intricate dies. There are so many ways to be creative with etchall®.

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  3. Your etchall etched ideas are are so refreshing, you just keep surprising me with new ideas!!! Many tools from your craft studio from paint, digital cutters to hand punches allow elegance to be added to all etchall projects... Thank you... Barbee ... <{{}}><

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  4. Help ... I'm trying to liquid etch the inside of mason jars and then add color , however the etching is coming out blotchy with a lot of movement. What could I be doing wrong ?

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    1. My first questions would be which glass etching liquid are you using, how long have you had it and what are you using to color? I etch the inside of clear and colored glass containers all the time. Sometimes (for clear glass) I'll pour in a bottle of paint then roll it around to coat the inside then leave the glass upside down so the excess paint drips out. Etching gives the glass "tooth" so the paint will stick.

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    2. My first questions would be which glass etching liquid are you using, how long have you had it and what are you using to color? I etch the inside of clear and colored glass containers all the time. Sometimes (for clear glass) I'll pour in a bottle of paint then roll it around to coat the inside then leave the glass upside down so the excess paint drips out. Etching gives the glass "tooth" so the paint will stick. Please feel free to call etchall @ 623-933-4567 for more detailed information.

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