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Topic: Etching spray + mirror  (Read 2078 times)
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punka
« on: August 28, 2007 04:04:39 PM »

Made this for a friend's birthday - she said she liked anything sea related and mirrors so I picked up a cheap mirror, masked out a border and made a stencil with the following quote

Take me back to the sea,
Where my mind can be free,
And I can think what I want,
When I want to think free.



You can't see it very well (photographing mirrors is not easy!) but the beauty of spray etch is that it actually just puts a layer of effect on rather than properly etching the glass, so there are actually shells, a lobster, birds and a seahorse scratched into the etch layer (etching the etch as it were!)

It was difficult to know when to stop with the patterning in the border cos I didn't want to overload it or have it look too sparse. Anyhoo, she loved it.

(oh and that's her disco ball not mine, but I am v jealous of it!)
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« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2007 04:07:36 PM »

thats freking awesome!
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« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2007 04:08:37 PM »

Beautiful!  I've wanted to do glass work (then again I want to do everything!!) but haven't thought to try spray etch.  I'll have to look for that next time I'm in the craft store.   Grin
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« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2007 04:13:58 PM »

This is so awesome! Amazing work!
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bella_domanie
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2007 04:21:40 PM »

That's an amazing idea, I love it!  But, where do you find etching spray?  I've never heared of it.
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punka
« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2007 04:40:43 PM »

Thanks guys, praise is always appreciated!

bella_domaine: I'm in the UK and it's pretty easy to find over here - unlike proper etching creams, go figure! I had a google and it looks like the US name is 'glass frosting spray'. Like this:

http://www.misterart.com/store/view/003/group_id/2320/Krylon-Frosted-Glass-Finish.htm

Like I say its a surface effect so you can remove it by scraping or using White Spirit/Stoddard solvent. You just need to be careful when cleaning the mirror and look out that it's not in a steamy environment as this can cause the finish to start lifting.
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suddenlysandra
« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2007 07:14:27 PM »

That definitely rocks - what a wonderful project - your friend is very lucky!
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« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2007 01:22:24 PM »

This will make an awesome Christmas gift.  Thanks!
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