3.02.2009

Etched glass in 5 minutes. Tutorial

So the last etched glass pictures didn't come out so well. This go round I thought to make a little tutorial. I *refuse* to waste expensive prefectly fine vinyl for etching. So here's my more frugal approach.
       
I used contact paper, with my cricut, to cut out the font that matches the wedding font for my friend's wedding (using SCAL). You could use a craft knife if you have to.
            
Peel the contact paper off the cutting mat, gently remove the backing and place the sticky side (obviously) onto the glass where you want it. Press out ALL the bubbles that are near the image. The etching creme is thick but it can run into the ripples, so make sure you rub it down.  Notice I didn't worry about the bubbles that weren't near my design. It's the bubbles near or on it that you have to worry about.
                                                  
  Keep this stuff off your skin. It will burn. Using a brush dab a good amount of etching creme on the design.Wait about a minute and rinse it off in running water. If you don't see the design don't worry. Etching is hard to see when it's wet.
                 
Peel the contact paper off and dry the glass. Now you see your design! Literally 5 minutes from start of cut to dry and finished.
                         
So... I still have no idea about the March Giveaway. I'm gonna do something... I just have no ideas!! Help!!!

21 comments:

Val~Inkerprints said...

Great tutorial! I love etched glass! TFS

Jaspere said...

Thanks for the great info. Your project turned out great.

Linda Barutha said...

Very cool! I wouldn't be brave enough to try it without someone knowledgeable by my side, though.

Denise said...

Wow, I had no idea it was so easy! I'll have to give it a try.

Have a great day, Denise

geekyscrapping said...

You make this look so easy. I might have to try it. Where do you get the etching creme from?

Vicki said...

Very cool technique!

The6ofusinca said...

Thanks for helping me get over the fear of etching! NOW I NEED TO GET SOME SUPPLIES!!! LOL

Kris said...

Sweet tutorial! Thanks for sharing. I also enjoyed browsing your cards.

Mary said...

WOW! That's so cool! I have always wanted to try that, but have been a big chicken lol. Now I may give it a shot!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for helping me out. I will give it a try. Your other crafts are so impressive. I need to live next to you so you can teach me. Thanks again,

Wanda

Cheryl Lynn Hirzel said...

This is craft I have done many times but using a cricut to cut the stencil is awesome...I have the Armor Etch and my friend and Mom have the Cricutters! Thanks for sharing!!!

Joanne Travis said...

Thanks for the great tutorial, this is a fabulous idea!

mmechelle93 said...

Was there a specific type of contact paper you used? Also, what settings did you use to cut it and which side did you lay on the mat? Lot's of questions cause I was thinking contact paper too! Thanks for your tutorial they look beautiful!

CoveredInCrafts said...

**Hi everyone!** Thanks for your comments and questions!

The etching creme came from Micheals. Hobby lobby does also carry it. I use Armour Etch. Mostly because that is the only one I could find locally. It's good though because it works very fast and it's easy to use.

I used regular ol' cheap contact paper from WalMart. It's the closest store. Whatever is close by you, be it Target or whatever, will have some form of sticky back contact paper.

The cut settings are low-med speed. The pressure settings are a personal prefrence and depend on your bade depth setting as well. I usualy cut everythong on depth 3 or 4.

If you want it to cut all the way through the contact paper and backing then high pressure, low speed. That's what I do. I have been told you can lighten the pressure and it will just cut the contact paper and not the backing. For this purpose though, you want the backing cut too.

Donna said...

This is pretty cool. I didn't know you could use different materials with the Etch Glass liquid. Very nice. I hope to someday be able to afford the SCAL and Cricut Design Studio programs with my Cricut Expression machine.

Ginger said...

Enjoyed reading your blog. Relinking it on my blog tues.
How fun have to try this tutorial.

Sally said...

Thanks for sharing! What an awesome idea!

Anonymous said...

This is great! This year my mom decided it would be fun for our family to make our chirstmas gifts for each other this year...i have been searching the web for days! I will definitely have to try this!

Tami said...

Thank-you so much for the tip with the etching and using contact paper. That is such a great idea to also save money. I am so glad I found it. I am wanting to making a buisness out of the etching with customized orders on a blog site.

Anonymous said...

I love reading your website for the reason that you can always get us new and cool things, I think that I should at least say thanks for your hard work.

- Henry

Joya Hartley said...

3.05.2009
What can you do with 3 pieces of scrapbook paper?

Wish you could post the directions on how to
joya