Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Have You Tried Etching Glass Yet - No you don't need a cutting machine

  Back in July I posted a piece of etched glass that I made for a Christmas gift. 

 For this piece I used my ScanNCut for the design. A couple of people reading the post and several people in my guild commented that etching looked like fun but they didn't have cutting machines.

This post is a  tutorial based on how I etch without using a machine. It is picture heavy. I will be including a couple of links to youtube tutorials that cover both machine and non machine projects.  The one using a machine is worth watching for the tips on the etching process.

For this post the items I will be using are:

Protection for your work surface (I use a puppy pad but several layers of newspaper will work just fine)

Disposable baking pan for rinsing off the etching cream (this can be used multiple times)

Armour Etching Cream  which I got at JoAnns,  $9.98 full price, but I used a coupon.(This has the potential to be a  dangerous  item. Please read the label before using.  Keep our to the reach of children, it can burn your skin, you need to wear gloves and eye protection, remember this is glass etching cream so it will etch your prescription glasses ) While this won't etch plastic, it can etch some sinks which is why I use the disposable pan for the initial rinse)  This little jar of cream goes on for a very long time because  the cream gets put back in the bottle and reused.

It's a thick cream and I haven't had any issues with it.

An applicator ( I use a small paint brush, picked up a package the dollar store, I haven't tried a sponge brush)

So far I have primarily etched pieces of glass from The Dollar Store and a Christmas ornament that cost me 50 cents at Hobby Lobby on sale.

I have also successfully etched a Pyrex pie dish $6 and a couple of $4 glass mugs using a designs made using the scan n cut.

And last but definitely not least you need some form of shipping label.  You need to be able to peel the label from the backing for the process. You can buy all sorts of sizes at Staples.  I have also found that the Priority Mail labels I use for packages and got for free  at the PO are great for the job.  

The biggest problem I have had so far is taking pictures of the finished items  Glass is a bear to photograph.

So let us begin.  The first step is finding a simple design that you can get onto your label to cut out.  I use my computer and clip art for ideas.  I understand that a childs coloring book is also a good source. 

If you are a cardmaker or scrapbooker you may have a great paper punch for a design.  

Or you can go back to your crafting beginnings and fold a piece of paper in half and free hand a design.  That's what I did for my Tree and Heart. 

I will also be trying for the first time to use stickers doing a word on the sample mug its kind of a reverse process.

I will be using 3 sides of this Mason Jar type mug.  This is a good starter shape because the sides are flat. Curves are a bear to get a good sharp edge where the cream cant leak under. I have successfully done curves but not on my first try.  I'd suggest starting with flat surfaces for a start.

Before you start, wipe the glass with an alcohol wipe of some sort.  You want to remove all finger oils. 

To begin.  Peal the backing off your design and place it on your glass.  Rub down all of the designs edges. If there is the slightest gap or wrinkle the cream will creep under and etch a blotch at that point on your project.  


Cover your design with etching cream, Make sure you cover the entire design including any little pointy areas.  brush from the paper in so as not to lift any edges.  You can look from the back and sometimes see tiny gaps you may have missed.  Be careful to stay within the label. Cream coming into contact with any glass will cause it to be etched.

I let the cream sit on the glass for 5 to 10 minutes.  I can't find the instructions but I think they suggest 3 minutes.  At the end of the time carefully take the brush and capture as much of the cream as you can and put it back in the container to use again.

Rinse the remaining cream and label off and dry.  You will have trouble seeing the design while the glass is wet and feel like your failed. You just need to be a little bit patient.

I got this far and came across  a punch with a little star so after the fact I added it.

For this side of the mug I am using multiple paper punch designs

after the 5 minutes, start the wash off

just keep it wet and keep rubbing off the label.

This is my last example.  I have the mug handle wedged in a folded towel to keep it steady while I do this new to me process. This is kind of a reverse process.  One of the you tube videos I've seen  showed how you could add words using stickers.  The trick is to neatly stop the etching process.

Making a masking tape edge worked well for me.  I did do it by eyeballing not measuring.

Again make sure all of the edges are as securely adhered to the glass as possible before covering in cream.

Now for the reveals of the day.

My collection of punched snowflakes
I find that my best pictures of the etched glass are taken on my lawn.

my hand cut tree with the punched star

my sticker snow

And last but not least my glass ornament with the cut out tree.  I notice that I need to add the star to its top before gifting.

Here are the 2 links to youtube videos that I found very helpful on the use of the etching cream no matter that the first one is using a cut pattern in the demo.

 etching on pyrex        https://jennifermaker.com/etched-casserole-dish/      

wine glass                   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Si96k-qfR54

I hope that you found this post has aroused your curiosity enough to give etching a try. Other than the initial purchase of the etching cream it can be a source of some really reasonably priced and creative gift items from craft and dollar stores.
I'd love to hear how you made out and if there are any questions please let me know and I'll see if I can answer them.

I am self taught with the help of youtube videos.  I have only been doing this since this summer. If I can do it, I'm pretty sure you can too.  Have Fun.


Monday, October 26, 2020

From the Heart Hop

 When Carol proposed this hop I joined immediately with a wonderful idea.  The problem with that was it was a long time ago and many new ideas have popped in and out of my very antsy brain.  Today's offerings have nothing to do with the ideas from then, I'll just save those up for another hop where they will be able to fit in with just a little tweeking.

So I'll begin with a very large THANK YOU to Carol for  coming up with yet another great idea for a very creative hop. 

A friend of mine recently asked if I could print out some note cards for her to send to her Honor Flight group.  That reminded me of this hops theme of From The Heart on many levels. The patterns are from Kristi at ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com/  I print them on a regular basis for Operation Shoe Box to use with the packages they send to our troops.

Once I printed out a group of cards for her I realized I needed to put them into something for delivery.  I knew just the thing I wanted to do but I had to find it.  Back in Septermber of 2011, yes 2011 I did a post where I used  a pattern I found  at originateandrenovate for a fabric envelope.

This is a super simple bag to make.  It calls for a button closure but I used velcro.  I thought that this idea would make a great gift for someone who still "writes notes" from the heart.  

If you're giving a gift where you  wanted to meet a $ level, like when there is a gift swap, you could always add a gift card or

a book of stamps and a pen.

As all of you who visit here know, I can't make one of anything.  Making a gift from the heart made me want to go a little bit beyond my beloved printer.  Next up was the embroidery machine.

Same basic concept.  Make cards to gift and put them in an envelope but this time I used a red work pattern that was on my machine from Kreative Kiwi  I see that they are currently on sale. I think 9 designs for $1.

I embroidered the design onto cardstock and then mounted that onto a background and then a card. Keeping with the theme of this hop I will be giving away to one of you who leaves a comment the 4 cards and envelope in the photo above.  I will pick a name on Halloween.

Once I was making cards I made 2 sets.  One for the give away here and one as a gift for a friend.

For my friend I am including the etched glass ornament I made. ( the etching, not the glass ornament )

I find that etching is super simple but taking pictures of the etching is really hard to do.  The ornament is about 2 1/2 inches across and only 3/4 of an inch deep. 

Last time I posted about etching I had used my Scan N Cut and several of you liked the concept but didn't have a cutting machine.  This ornament was done with a mailing label, pencil, scissors and etching cream.  Hopefully sometime around the 10th of the November I will do a simple tutorial post on how to do the etching without a machine and will include links to a couple of video's that I found helpful.

EXTRA, EXTRA Read all about it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Up to this point in this post I was finished and set to publish on Saturday afternoon.
This morning my sister sent me a photo of her taking a walk with her grandson

I saw this photo and had to do something for this From the Heart post.

Have you all experienced, over the past couple of years, the urge to make a candy bag zip pouch. 
Well for some reason I saw this photo and knew that my sister (the bag/pouch hoarder) would love something using this picture.  So I treated it like a candy bag.

I printed it out on regular paper, adhered it to fabric with heat and bond and then covered it with iron on vinyl.  It worked up to a an 11 x 13 zip bag.

I figured it would be a good place to stash her gazillion face masks so I included a subtle hint or two.
Thank you for your patience, I'm done now, until next time.

Please continue hopping with the rest of the most amazingly creative people I know.  I am including a list of everyone participating for your convenience. 

October 26

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Hello Fall - Welcome y'all

 I can't believe it's the end of September already. I was just kinda getting ready to do my August post.  Oh well.

In between making the items I was planning on posting in August I was working on my Hello Fall goodies.  Thank you Carla for coordinating yet another wonderful get together of so many long time quilty friends.

I worked on several small projects for fall for this post using some of my favorite quilting stuff.  I did a bit of embroidery, some piecing by machine, some quilting by hand and some use of my printer.  I'm even gonna have a give away.

Lets start with the embroidery.  Back in July I got  the Anita Good designs for a group of embroidered cards.  The design choices included 4 wonderful Fall goodies.  

I did start with this wonderful card.  

But we all know that I couldn't let that alone so I whipped out a terrific pin cushion 

The other 2 designs worked themselves into  a couple of small mug rugs.  All of the designs started at the same size but I needed to try going to max larger and max smaller.

Then I grouped  three of them  for a Halloween  table runner.

Again I maxed larger the haunted house and maxed smaller the 2 designs with the spiders.  I did the small designs on each side of the house, then I attached them to a piece of felt and added a simple binding.

I follow Kristi of ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com/  where I find lovely watercolor designs. Lots and lots of them are free and some are for purchase. She covers all the seasons and lots of occasions and misc fun stuff. She posted several fall freebies and I ran with the idea of printing them out onto some white fabric.

The purple in the photo is tape that is holding the fabric to freezer paper for the ride through the printer.

I downloaded 4 designs.  This one just begged to be a pin cushion and wanted to be hand quilted.

And of course I had to come up with a mug rug.

And this one was so pretty I wanted to carry it around with me so I made an easy peasy back pack. I downsized it a wee bit from the original back pack pattern.

Yes there is one left to use. I'm thinking a post card.  Time will tell.

So now on to the give away.   If your name is picked from the list of lovely people who leave a comment, which pin cushion would you prefer, the haunted house or the apple? I'll pick a name on September 28 AM.

I hope you are following along with all of the wonderfully creative posts included on this hop.  I'm including a list of all of us for your convenience.  Take care and stay safe.

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