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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Death Chef Apron w/ Skull & crossbones & spiked studs on: January 16, 2004 04:03:48 PM
I made an apron for my chef roommate for christmas this year:
http://www.styrofoamkitty.com/content/Holidays03/deathchef2.jpg

At my local cooking store, I found a white cotton apron for $4.  I dyed it black with Rit Dye.

I used iron-on letters I had laying around the house for the wording.

I found a good skull & crossbones in a clip art gallery and blew it up and traced it with white felt (25c) and cut it out and stitched it on with embroidery thread (33c).

I bought these metal spike studs at the local craft store in the leather-working section (i guess punk rock has totally been homogonized, huh?) and I hammered them on.  They were kind of expensive, at like $6, but I only used half of them.

But hey, my roommate liked it!
http://www.styrofoamkitty.com/content/Holidays03/stevedeathchef.jpg

Sorry the pictures are so big, I'll resize them on Monday.
2  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Frosted Glass Tutorial -- How to make frosted glassware with Armor Etch! on: November 25, 2003 01:04:42 PM
A quick lesson in how to make etched or frosted glassware.

First, get some Armor Etch from your local crafts store:
http://photos17.flickr.com/22411895_33e01e482c_m.jpg

Then, get some stickers, brushes, rubber gloves, cool drinking glasses from Target, masking tape.
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Tape off some sections of glass.
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Put some stickers on there.
http://photos15.flickr.com/22411885_dfdf6b47a7_m.jpg
(I used vellum scrapbook stickers.  I liked these a lot.  They were easy to soak off afterwards, when I was washing off the etching cream.)

Put on some rubber gloves.  URGENT, because this etching cream is CAUSTIC, for real, it will BURN YOU.  Pour a little etching cream out onto a couple of plastic-lined paper plates, and get your brush ready.
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Start liberally applying the etching cream.  (I am not wearing gloves in this photo, and THAT is how I know that the cream burns.  I burned myself.  like an idiot.  It hurt like heck.)
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Cover all surfaces VERY thoroughly, smearing cream over all the stickers and up to the taped edges, being sure to use lots of etching cream.  If you're stingy with it, you'll have streaks on the end result.  Leave the cream on for 10-15 minutes (I left it on longer than the 5 minutes it says on the package, because my results at 5 minutes weren't as good as when I left the cream on longer.)
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Rinse everything off in the sink wearing rubber gloves and using LOTS of warm water.  Run the water and wash the sink out THOROUGHLY when you're done so you don't accidentally etch your sink.  
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Peel off the stickers, wash the glasses with soap and water, dry and VOILA:



http://photos15.flickr.com/22411858_5c6f67107e_m.jpg

http://photos8.flickr.com/22411816_aaa20e98e5_m.jpg

My friends have all LOVED these sets, and they're really fast and cheap and easy to do.  Great way to personalize a really classy gift.

XOXOX
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