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« on: May 24, 2011 04:37:42 PM »

I made this bowl as a birthday gift for a friend. It was my first major etching project (I had previously used etching cream for some small dichroic glass pieces, but never for large designs and never on clear glass). I used contact paper as a stencil and cut the general outline of the fern out with an Xacto knife, then drew in some details with a fine-tip Sharpie (which acts as a resist for the etching cream, surprisingly!).

This is actually the second attempt, since I messed up the first bowl by following the etching cream's instructions to leave it on for one minute. The resulting design was so faint it was barely visible. After some trial and error I settled on 5 minutes as a good length of time for the etching cream to sit on the glass.

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(I'm still trying to figure out how to successfully photograph transparent objects, as you can tell...)

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« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2011 06:34:11 PM »

Beautiful!!!  I'm not familiar with the sharpie/resist thing.  Sounds like a great idea.
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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2011 06:55:03 PM »

Truly lovely! And we all have the same problem with photographing glass.

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« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2011 07:08:45 PM »

I'm currently in awe that sharpie works as a barrier for etching cream. I usually use puffy fabric paint, but it's not nearly as precise as sharpie! I MUST TRY THIS!

Also, your bowl is beautiful. Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2011 09:09:08 PM »

Nicely done, and thanks for the tip about the Sharpie.  I knew that it could be used as a resist for acid etching metal, why not for glass!

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« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2011 01:49:20 AM »

I love this, and never would have thought of sharpie!
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« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2011 04:49:32 AM »

Turned out very pretty!

« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2011 05:40:16 AM »

Absolutley gorgeous!  You could send me any extras you may have laying around. LOL

« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2011 07:49:54 AM »

Thanks everyone!

Re: the Sharpie, it works surprisingly well as a resist, but because it's hard to apply thickly and consistently enough, it winds up a little streaky and not fully resisted like areas covered with contact paper. It's good for adding some texture to a larger design, but I probably wouldn't use it for an entire design.

I used a black Sharpie but some people have said that red Sharpies work better -- I don't know if there's any truth to that!

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« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2011 09:32:42 AM »

That turned out so great!  I bet your friend will love (loved?) it!  So beautiful!  The sharpie tip is such a great idea!  Thanks so much for sharing!


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