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« on: December 09, 2006 03:10:53 PM »

this is my first post. ive been just watching for a long time and read about the glass etching so i went out and bought some stuff to do it. i saw some posts talking about using tape but in the little booklet that came with my stuff it said dont use tape as a stencil. does that mean i cant tape on my glass and cut out an area or design to etch. is masking tape not good for this? or are they just trying to get me to spend more money on sticky stencils and the likes?  Huh thanks
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« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2006 10:53:21 PM »

hmm thats weird. i dont know too much not using tape. But i've used tape beofre but i've also used stencils before. Honestly i dont htink it really matters, however if you want a more delicate design it's better to have it cut out of stencil plastic sheets or if you're cheap like me cookie paper which i glue down to the glass then make sure the ends are down with masking tape.

But yeah i think using masking tape is fine. sorry i hope i'm not adding to the confusion!

« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2006 09:10:39 AM »

thanks. that helps. cuz i bought a roll of masking tape only to find it said i shouldnt do it. now i know i havent wasted money!
what do you mean by cookie paper? like parchment or wax paper? improbably just being dumb and know what it is but cant figure it out this moment
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« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2006 09:27:40 AM »

I saw on a craft show last week where a woman used stickers, like dollar store stars and circles, for glass etching. She made polka dot glass with yard sale circle stickers. She also used contact paper and cut out squiggly shapes with an exacto knife. 

She took a pieces of clear glass, put the stickers on it, then the etching cream over the entire glass and stickers then washed it all off. When she was done she had star studded glass and polka dotted glass.  It was cool. I have no idea how long the etching cream stayed on the glass.  Tongue

Based on that my GUESS is that masking tape should work.

« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2006 06:35:35 PM »

excellent. thanks. i was wondering how regular stickers would hold up. i tried the masking tape on practice glass and used about 4 layers of it and cut out a design. it came out pretty well but up close its a bit messy and the lines arent very sharp but it still looks ok. thanks guys for the input!
« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2006 06:41:46 PM »

I have used contact paper (dollar store) and it works wonderfully.  I even taped a pieve of it (wrong side up) to printer paper and ran it through my ink jet to print a design on it to cut out. 

If you have the stuff that has almost a wax paper back (that ink won't adhere to) print a design on paper then tape it over the contact paper and cut out with an exacto knife (on cardboard or a cutting mat).

I then stick the contact paper to the glass object and etch away.  I then leave the contact paper on to rise off my design and peel off after.

I've done tons of stuff this way and have had NO trouble at all, and if you buy the conntact paper at the dollar store it's around $2.  I have used it for stencilling on t-shirts as well (with acrylic paint).

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« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2006 04:33:17 PM »

I personally recommend contact paper, like the sticky shelf liner stuff. Although it tends to work great, you really need to make sure that the glass is clean so the paper sticks well (I had an uh-oh with loss of sticky in a spot) and be sure to burnish the edges where the etching cream goes, otherwise you'll have distorted lines that look like paint seepage does.

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« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2006 04:37:21 PM »

i have only ever used a sand blaster for etching but for that i used hot glue, from what you are describing here i think it would work as well. Just use the glue to free hand what you want, and then but the etching cream on. using the hot glue will give you more controll than cutting tape might. I'm majoring in glass blowing, and hot glue is the official technique we use for etching and such.
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