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« on: November 17, 2011 01:32:10 PM »

I am new to glass etching, and I have a question about templates.

If I want to etch words into my glass, and don't have a cutting machine (like a Silhouette/Cricut), what is the easiest way to get it masked off for lettering?  (I want the letters to be the etched part, not the other way around.)
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« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2011 04:17:12 PM »

Make your own stencil with either blue painter's tape or contact paper.
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« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2011 04:57:49 AM »

Here are some links to letter etching projects. The first one really is a clever way to etch letters.  Smiley
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=390587.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=17742.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=356955.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=282543.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=390587.0
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« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2011 06:10:45 AM »

The 3rd link that HSG posted^ seems to be along the lines you're looking for. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2011 07:01:42 AM »

So there really is no way around cutting out a zillion tiny letters with an X-Acto knife?  Darn.
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« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2011 07:04:45 AM »

Oh, wait.  One of those uses paint.  That might work.

Hey, I wonder if I could do both - stick on the letter stickers, paint over them, peel the stickers off, etch the glass, peel the paint.   Hmmm...
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« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2011 07:07:03 AM »

You could paint *around* them, but if you paint over them you'd just pull up *all* the paint, not just the letters.
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« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2011 07:12:44 AM »

They might still be able to be pulled up if I remove the stickers while the paint is still wet, right?
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« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2011 11:41:53 AM »

Maybe, but I'm not sure how neat of a job it'd be, I doubt the letter shapes would end up very clean-cut, I imagine they'd get blotchy/blurry edges. You could, of course, always try sticking one letter on and testing it out to see if it works, before wasting lots of letters & paint if it doesn't turn out.
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