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« on: December 22, 2011 01:40:12 PM »

I've been wanting to give glass etching a try for years. I've even owned a jar of the etching cream for about 5 years... Just never got around to actually doing it!

So I was trying to figure out a last minute gift, and I thought... Oh, I'll make needhams, and package them pretty. So while I was out shopping, I saw these darling apothecary jars and instantly knew it was the perfect container, but I had to make it more special.

So... masking tape, vinyl sticky letters, and the dusty jar of etching cream, and this is what we have:



I think for a first try it came out fair. The etching isn't perfectly even, and I had a horrid time placing the letters even after I placed a paper guide inside the jar.

C & C welcome - as are any tips on how to do a nicer job!
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« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2011 03:08:20 PM »

I love how it came out. If you want to straighten up the letters perhaps you could use a water soluble OHP pen to draw lines on the outside, that would reduce the distortion of the glass, but it easily cleaned for etching.
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« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2011 04:07:13 PM »

It looks great! Good job!  (but what's a needham?)
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« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2011 04:17:17 PM »

It looks great! Good job!  (but what's a needham?)

Uhm... think Mounds candy bar, but homemade and more decadent.
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« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2011 05:59:48 PM »

I think it turned out great! Smiley The apothecary looking containers always appeal to me for some reason.
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« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2011 07:36:29 PM »

Thanks. =)

You know how some people have those lists... 100 things I want to do before I die?

Mine is more like 100 crafts I want to try. And after perusing this board, I think glass craft is getting added to that list!
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« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2011 09:57:26 PM »

It looks great! Plus, from my experience, people are so impressed by etching that they don't ever care if things are a little crooked.

Its really hard to follow lines through curved glass (because of the distortion), so instead of using a paper guide inside the glass, just take a peice of masking tape and put it on the outside of the glass and use that as a line. Then after you put the letters on take the masking tape guide off (does that make sense?). That's what I've found is the best way through trial and error.

Also, I'm surprised that your etching cream still worked after sitting there for 5 years. Last time I used a bottle that was more than a year old it went bad and the etching came out all blotchy and weird.
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« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2011 12:44:17 AM »

I've had my tub 10 years now, it still works fine.
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« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2011 05:00:00 AM »

Thaks for the suggestions on keeping thigs straight. I'm embarrased to say I had to google what an OHP pen was. =D   But that actually solved another problem I had!

Though, if I do any more etching in the next week or so, which I might, I'm going to try the masking tape, since I have that on hand.

I was worried my etching cream might not work, ivoryh1632. And it is just slightly blotchy, but I thought maybe I hadn't spread the cream evenly enough or something.
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« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2011 11:15:31 AM »

It looks perfect to me!
You did great for a first time.
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