My boyfriend's sister is well-read and appreciates the finer things in life such as Star Trek, Star Wars, and Hunger Games. For her birthday, I decided to crack open that bottle of armour etch that I've been staring at for years and make her a set of etched glasses. Those three worlds have pretty strong signature images so it wasn't much trouble deciding what to include. For the Star Wars glass, I put the Imperial and Rebel insignia on opposite sides, and just a single image for the other two.
I thought about using a paint pen to block off the area that I didn't want etched, but ultimately I didn't trust it. I printed, cut out, and modpodged the stencil instead, then after applying the etch cream it washed off just fine. Even though it was the most complex, I felt the mockingjay came out the best.
Process photo (stencils glued):
Better shot of the mockingjay detail:
Lots of lessons learned for my first time; for starters, while the modpodge method worked reasonably well, if I choose that route again I want to be more comprehensive about gluing. I think some parts weren't glued down as well as they could have been, and the etch cream seeped in underneath, so the lines weren't as clean as I would have liked. Otherwise I might try vinyl stickers. The etched area wasn't as uniform as I would have liked either, so I wonder if the material that the glasses were made of was pure glass or maybe acrylic, or if I could have applied the etching cream thicker.
But she liked the glasses a lot and there was lots of interest in the process at her birthday dinner, so at the end of the day I was happy to give her something special.