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Title: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: Onyxnox on November 30, 2007 10:51:18 AM
I bought three plain glass canisters for a friend for Christmas.  She loves and collects unicorns.  In fact, she has been the recipient of many unicorn things I have made (stuffed crocheted unicorn, unicorn coasters).  

Here is the finished product, moved the pic because people thought the black outlined ones were the finished product:



Anyways, I drew unicorn stencils onto the glass with fabric paint:


Waited for the stencils to dry, then covered them with etching cream:

And this is what I got when I was done:





I think they turned out rather pretty.  Now I just have to fill them with some Christmas candies/goodies, and wrap them up for her.

What do you think?

Tutorial added:

For those who want to know how to do it, it is very simple.

Clean the glass off with rubbing alcohol or glass cleaner to remove any spots, dirt, finger prints

Use dimensional fabric paint to draw on your picture, keeping in mind that any clear areas will be etched, and the areas covered by the paint will be plain glass. Make sure that you cover beyond the outside edge of the image with paint thickly so that the etching medium won't etch that glass if it drips. You can use store bought rub on stencils, or make stencils out of contact paper too. I like fabric paint because it is very fluid and easy to draw with, makes good contact with the glass, and easy to remove when done. You can freehand draw, or use an image placed behind the glass to trace. Any mistakes can be gently removed with kleenex or q-tip while wet, if small. Or when dry, you can carefully trim areas with an exacto blade

Let the paint dry over night, or until very dry to touch

Take a chemical etching compound, like Armour Etch (are there any other brands, I only know the one), and using a paint brush to thickly dab it over the areas you want etched. follow the manufacturers instructions for how long to wait (remember, if you used a thick amount, you can gently scrape off the extra when you are done and put it back in the bottle for later use).

Wash off the remaining etching medium and the fabric paint under warm water. I used running water - this can leave a bit of a bloom on the glass surrounding the image as the etching medium runs off and touches the clean glass. The fabric paint should easily strip off with gentle pressure - make sure that it does not run down the drain, as it could make a mess. I just strip and collect it off to the side to throw in the garbage.

I should also add that when washing off the etching compound, that even when diluted, and making contact for brief seconds, the clean surround glass can be etched slightly. So if you want your unetched glass to be perfectly clear and clean, make sure that it is covered. You can just take masking tape or tape over the area with plastic to protect it, rather than painting it over.

I guess you could use the spray on frosting paint that you can buy in craft stores - but I prefer the etching medium as this may be used for food, and once the glass is etched, it is permanent with nothing that can be flaked off.

This technique can be done for many other things. I have done vases, glasses, picture frames, mirrors, etc. The fabric paint allows for very fluid lines which is harder to achieve cutting a stencil out of contact paper. It is easier/less labour intensive, with nicer results with the use of the paint to make a stencil.




Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: foreversandals on November 30, 2007 10:55:42 AM
Wow!  :o

That's so cool!
I never would have thought of using fabric paint for a stencil.
I love them and I don't collect unicorns. So I'm going to assume that she'll adore them!


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: ragdoll193 on November 30, 2007 10:59:27 AM
ooh... you gave me more possibilities! did you draw them on yourself or did you use a stencil that you printed out?


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: julieboolie on November 30, 2007 11:03:02 AM
those are so neat!


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: putttipple on November 30, 2007 11:09:40 AM
Those are fantastic!  Beautiful!


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: smashergrl on November 30, 2007 11:40:16 AM
that's a great idea to use fabric paint for the stencil!  i love unicorns too! 


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: tivaclare on November 30, 2007 12:05:46 PM
Those look awesome. I may have to try that technique myself.


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: fairweatherknitter on November 30, 2007 12:12:03 PM
Hi
  do you want my honest opinion..
I looked at the first photograph and thought those are ugly! Because of the BLACK outlining.. and i thought poor friend :(  LOL THEN I scrolled down and omg.. they look excellent!
  I felt like a total goof when I scrolled down!  :-[   
Your friend is going to love them!  Way to go..
Great Job!


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: indigo_roses on November 30, 2007 12:51:19 PM
Very nice!


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: frolic on November 30, 2007 12:55:09 PM
Hi
  do you want my honest opinion..
I looked at the first photograph and thought those are ugly! Because of the BLACK outlining.. and i thought poor friend :(  LOL THEN I scrolled down and omg.. they look excellent!
  I felt like a total goof when I scrolled down!  :-[   
Your friend is going to love them!  Way to go..
Great Job!

I was just going to say the same thing. I thought, "that seems kind of sloppy," but I kept looking, and I'm glad I did. Those look really nice.


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: underthemountain on November 30, 2007 01:17:08 PM
Wow!!  These are really, really awesome!!!  You're really, really clever!!!  Your friend is really going to love these!!


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: Onyxnox on November 30, 2007 01:54:02 PM
Thanks.  Yeah, they do look rather manky with the outlining.  DH was kind of giving funny looks as I was doing that, but he knows better than to say anything to me until the finished product.  Regardless, there was a method to my madness. ::)

I drew them onto the glass myself, but did have some pictures for reference so I would have an idea of what to aim for.  That is why you see some stray black smudges in some of the first few pics.  I was not happy with the first couple of attempts, wiped off the paint before it dried, and turned the canister onto the other side to try again.


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: Kimmermonroe on November 30, 2007 03:06:12 PM
Those are amazing. I hit "Rocks"


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: WIPs on November 30, 2007 04:43:52 PM
Those are very cool!


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: craftladyofsteel on November 30, 2007 05:12:29 PM
These jars really are stunning. Wow great job. I am sure she will love them!!


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: Onyxnox on December 01, 2007 04:40:35 AM
I hope she does love them.  I think I'm tempted to get some more canisters and do either a Christmas design for treats for the neighbours (but I bought stuff to do their baskets with already), or do cows for my kitchen (I have a thing for cows).   Or get smaller ones and do jars for q-tips, cotton swabs, etc for the bathroom.


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: longtimegeek on December 01, 2007 07:43:30 AM
She gets those AND CANDY TOO??  Some people get all the luck  :)


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: hyspirit on December 01, 2007 11:24:50 AM
those are pretty freaking cool. Did you free hand the unicorns?


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: Dinosaurus Meg on December 01, 2007 01:05:37 PM
Holy bajesus. Those are phenomenal! I love the etched look, beautiful. Have you dabbled into etching cream before? Is it difficult at all? It's a little intimidating to me, but I would love to try. :D You did a wonderful job. I'm sure she'll love them!


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: Onyxnox on December 01, 2007 01:28:46 PM
those are pretty freaking cool. Did you free hand the unicorns?

I had a few pictures for referenced, but did freehand draw the stencils onto the glass with the fabric paint.  You can tape the pictures to the back for a more definite guide too.  I did that the first time I used fabric paint to make a stencil - it was a fall of fuschia flowers on the side of the glass in a picture frame.  Turned out very pretty too, I wish I had a picture of that.

Holy bajesus. Those are phenomenal! I love the etched look, beautiful. Have you dabbled into etching cream before? Is it difficult at all? It's a little intimidating to me, but I would love to try. :D You did a wonderful job. I'm sure she'll love them!

Thank you.  Using etching cream is EXTREMELY easy.  Just put your stencil on and make sure it is secure.  You can buy rub on stencils that are specifically designed for this, use contact paper to cut out a stick on stencil, or use fabric paint to make your own stencil.  Then, once the stencil is ready (for fabric paint, wait for it to dry, 1 day should do it), dab the etching cream over the areas you want dabbed, wait a bit (the noon news for me) and wash it off.  The rub on stencils, and the fabric paint peel off easily with the warm water.


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: missmeganmisery on December 01, 2007 05:52:32 PM
THATS AWESOMEE!
i have been thinking bout using fabric paint for etching stencils but wasnt sure if itd work.
now i know it will, i have a new project to try =]


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: metalpunkmonster on December 01, 2007 08:52:15 PM
those are so cute!  you did an amazing job.

and thanks for the fabric paint idea!  i'm making jolly roger and dungeons & dragons etched mugs for my boyfriend and i wasn't too crazy about using a craft knife to cut out all the little details on contact paper.  this will be MUCH easier!


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: ragingpie on December 01, 2007 08:57:54 PM
YOWZA!   :o

Those look fabulous!  What a great idea to use paint as a stencil!  I really need to find some etching cream.  I'm just amazed at what people can do with it.  Wow.  Great job, your friend is going to love her gift!


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: Onyxnox on December 04, 2007 08:26:22 AM
YOWZA!   :o

Those look fabulous!  What a great idea to use paint as a stencil!  I really need to find some etching cream.  I'm just amazed at what people can do with it.  Wow.  Great job, your friend is going to love her gift!

I only know of one company - the product name is Armour Etch for the cream, and they do a soak so you can immerse a project too.  If you can find another brand and where to get it, let me know.  I bought Armour Etch at Michaels and White Rose (a Canadian company that has since gone out of business).  Unfortunately Michaels is not that close to me.  If there is another source out there, it may be easier for me when I need more of this stuff!


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: Kiell on December 06, 2007 05:32:30 PM
I love the fabric paint stencil, I will definitely have to try that next time for glass etching!
They look great!


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: sweets4ever on December 14, 2007 04:05:39 PM
Thanks so much for sharing this!

Congrats on being a featured project. ;D :)


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: Onyxnox on December 14, 2007 06:30:18 PM
Thanks so much for sharing this!

Congrats on being a featured project. ;D :)

Really?!  Thank you so much!  I had such a crappy day today (bad news about DH's granddad, got upset and wasn't paying attention and melted a plastic lid on the stove - just bad karma today); this really cheered me up!  Thank you!


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: sweets4ever on December 14, 2007 06:33:55 PM
Yes, of course, really!  Lots of "this rocks" were clicked for youuu... :)


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: Tanzie on December 14, 2007 08:36:35 PM
WOW these are so professional looking i am amazed by these!


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: KiwiDragons on December 14, 2007 09:47:20 PM
Wow, that is one lucky friend. I too, am a large unicorn fan. These are quite amazing! I've never even heard of etching cream-maybe I'll have to look into some.


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: keobarnett on December 14, 2007 11:16:28 PM
wow!  those are pretty fabulous!  i can think of, oh, only about a million applications for this technique!

i'm curious: why fabric paint as opposed to other kinds of paint?  have you experimented with other stuff and found they didn't scrape off after you etched?  i guess fabric paint wouldn't have been my first thought, but you must have a good reason.

also, it looks like there's some residual marks left from the black paint; does that ever come off, or do you have to expect it when you do this?

again, these are amazing, and thank you for sharing them and your technique with the paint stencil!  lurve them!


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: Onyxnox on December 15, 2007 04:31:05 AM
wow!  those are pretty fabulous!  i can think of, oh, only about a million applications for this technique!

i'm curious: why fabric paint as opposed to other kinds of paint?  have you experimented with other stuff and found they didn't scrape off after you etched?  i guess fabric paint wouldn't have been my first thought, but you must have a good reason.

also, it looks like there's some residual marks left from the black paint; does that ever come off, or do you have to expect it when you do this?

again, these are amazing, and thank you for sharing them and your technique with the paint stencil!  lurve them!

What other paints were you thinking? 

I chose fabric paints for a few reasons:
1.  It comes conveniently packaged with a thin nozzle tip for easier dispensing, no need for brushes
2.  The dimensional paint is pretty thick, so that it can be spread around a bit as needed, and also that ensures good coverage of the area you want covered so that the etching cream will not accidently eat through
3.  When dried, it has good adherence, like a well applied decal, so the cream cannot eat under the edges, it maintains a good edge and barriar against the cream
4.  When dried, it is not so adherent that a craft knife can't be used to pick away at the excess if there are areas you want etched that have been covered by the cream.
5.  It has good viscosity, so even if there is a heavy layer of it, it will seldom ooze down the piece if you have to stand it up to dry
6.  It does come off easily with a bit of rubbing under the water - BUT I found that once on your counter, do not leave it sitting there, because when it dries, it will STAY on your counter unless you chisel it off- which is why I don't suggest running it down your drain, in case it cements to the side of the pipe and eventually blocks the pipe.

I still have letters stuck on my basement counter from when I did my etched wine bottles for oil this summer.

Other conventional paints would not necessarily work because they may not be thick and viscous enough, and when dry, they may still bleed when in contact with the etching cream because it is a solution.

The stray marks you see are probably the "bloom" from the etching cream slightly etching beyond the area of the stencil after it has been washed off.  There are definitely no black marks on the end product.  It's very light, highlighted by the flash.  However, that occurs when the cream has brief contact with the clear glass, even diluted.  I knew that would happen, and did not mind it - but that is also why I put a thicker outline around the immediate stencil.  I was going to etch another thing behind the unicorn, but changed my mind in case my idea failed.  But if you want your glass to be completely clear around the stencil, either cover a much larger area with paint, or cover the bulk of the glass with tape, leaving your area to be stenciled uncovered, then paint your stencil on.



Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: BunnyTuTu on December 15, 2007 06:09:32 AM
I love these :D

Unicorns are my favourite!!

x


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: Rednecked Rabbit on December 15, 2007 08:26:00 AM
Those are so beautiful! My mother-in-law would love them.


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: jodilee on December 15, 2007 08:40:40 AM
Just wanted to add my comments too....................these are seriously good and very professionally done.... i hope your friend loves them. ;D


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: ajmaley on December 15, 2007 12:00:15 PM
These are awesome! I used etching cream last Christmas to make a mug with my family crest on it for my brother. I wish I had known about using fabric paint! I had to cut every little bit of the stencil out with a craft knife, what a pain!

I love how yours turned out!


Title: ooooooooooooooh!
Post by: thefabfive on December 15, 2007 12:07:45 PM
wat kinda paint did u use 2 make theese canisters?they r so darn cute1


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: sweets4ever on December 15, 2007 01:36:18 PM
Onyxnox, you are so helpful!  It's no wonder at all while so many folks voted for you & this project! :)


Title: Re: ooooooooooooooh!
Post by: Onyxnox on December 15, 2007 08:10:38 PM
thanks everyone!  I'm basically lazy and I found that holding the metal barrel of the craft knife really hurt my hand - that's why I started using the paint technique - much easier and faster, and the fluidity allows for nicer curves.  It's more forgiving than contact paper if a mistake is made too.


wat kinda paint did u use 2 make theese canisters?they r so darn cute1

It was just the bottles of dimensional fabric paint.  I think Walmart has them in bigger containers - I had the small 1-2 oz sized ones which are comfortable to hold in the hand for doing more fine detail work.  It is the one with the fine point end for finer detail and writing.  Tulip is one brand I have seen in Canada.  I think I have even seen them in the dollar stores occasionally.  I think I would use the large containers for doing flat pieces, or large areas - but still keep a couple of bottles of the small ones for smaller more detailed work where you need to have good hand control.

Since colour won't matter - buy whatever crappy colour is on clearance - it all gets washed off anyways - so who cares if it is the colour of baby vomit or not.


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: SomethingSweet on December 15, 2007 09:01:50 PM
These are incredible!!!  What a great idea :D


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: Amethyst on December 16, 2007 06:39:55 AM
Wow, those are beautiful.


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: lauriegirl18 on December 17, 2007 08:59:47 PM
I am trying to etch names onto glasses for christmas presents too. Problem is I am making them tomorrow night to give out Friday AND I can't find good lettering stencils so I wanted to do my own. Your technique seems SO easy. Does the fabric paint wash off? I am a little confused. Also, what products did you use? Can you explain it to me? Thanks!!!!!!!


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: Onyxnox on December 17, 2007 09:24:43 PM
I am trying to etch names onto glasses for christmas presents too. Problem is I am making them tomorrow night to give out Friday AND I can't find good lettering stencils so I wanted to do my own. Your technique seems SO easy. Does the fabric paint wash off? I am a little confused. Also, what products did you use? Can you explain it to me? Thanks!!!!!!!

Here is the link to my blog - I think I outlined it in my post about the canisters:
http://onyxnox.blogspot.com/2007/11/come-and-see-my-etchings.html (http://onyxnox.blogspot.com/2007/11/come-and-see-my-etchings.html)

The only thing I would like to add is that when the compound is rinsed off, even for those brief seconds it touches clean glass, even diluted, it can leave a slightly etched bloom.  If you want your glass to stay perfectly clear where the image is not going to be etched, cover it with more paint, or tape it up.

I used Armour Etch which I have bought at Michaels, as the chemical etching medium, and dimensional fabric paint, which you can buy in the craft department at Walmart, and perhaps some dollar stores.  The brand I had on hand was Tulip.


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: lauriegirl18 on December 18, 2007 08:48:19 AM
thanks a million!!! Def. checking out your blog now! And thanks for answering so quickly!!  ;D


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: fishie on December 18, 2007 03:47:08 PM
I did my first etching project last week, and spent a long time carving intricate snowflakes from the blank stencil stuff, and I'm making some more glasses this week for a friends mother...

I just want to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for doing it with fabric paint and posting it!  This will save me SO much time tonight and I always have fabric paint with me!  Excellent job, too.


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: superbelles on December 19, 2007 08:03:49 PM
I loved unicorns when I was a little girl!  This is a great idea!


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: JennyRebecca on December 20, 2007 08:45:33 PM
Very nice. I've tried some glass etching, but it never looked that good.


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: lelyonna on December 21, 2007 04:02:03 AM
that's just sooo amazing! what a great idea!


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: Kirrashi on December 21, 2007 01:36:47 PM
Oooh.  I want to make a set of glasses like that now. :) I'm sure she'll love them!
Also, you might like to know that the Armour Etch stuff can actually be reused. just scrape the excess back into the jar, and wash away the rest. :) (I found this info on The Anticraft, but haven't actually done it yet.)


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: Domitilla on December 22, 2007 04:04:45 AM
I love them!
I would love to make something like that, but I don't think we have something like the etching paste you used.


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: Onyxnox on December 22, 2007 08:55:05 AM
I love them!
I would love to make something like that, but I don't think we have something like the etching paste you used.

I bought mine at Michaels years ago, and my first bottle at a store that no longer is open.  I have been reusing my jar for years - but it gets thicker and lumpier as you reuse it, and I only have about 1/3 left, so I just bought a new bottle off of E-bay.  Looks like they changed the look of the bottle - the lettering looks blue or purple now, and it says new formula.

So if you want, take a look on E-bay.


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: Domitilla on December 23, 2007 12:05:00 AM
thanks Onyxnox, I'll take a look on ebay (even if our postal service is terrible an it's almost impossible to receive anything from outside Europe)


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: alo42d on December 25, 2007 05:31:16 PM
omg!!! you did an amzg job of them. i love them.


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: DogGrrl on December 25, 2007 11:03:58 PM
 Wow!  I just did 83 etched jars

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=215234.msg2315082#msg2315082 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=215234.msg2315082#msg2315082)

and not once did I think of using fabric paint!  You are a genius!  Amazing work and thanks for sharing!

Your jars are gorgeous!


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: Onyxnox on December 26, 2007 06:28:17 AM
OMG - 83???  EIGHTY-THREE?????? 

I think I feel faint at the thought!

?????83???????


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: kissthegirl on December 26, 2007 08:58:56 PM
oooo fabric paint!! I've tried using that stupid contact paper you cover your text books with, I hate that stupid stuff!! your idea is soo better!!


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: thekster on December 27, 2007 12:51:31 AM
Gasp! You did a wonderful job, and I'm so happy I saw this... I had problems stenciling on a shot glass before (because of my supplies) so I never tried it again, but now that you said that you stenciled it on with fabric paint...oh lordy. I'm definately going to try to stencil something else.
OOHH I could paint on my bride/groom toasting glasses! *hugs you*


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: hanau_110603 on December 27, 2007 09:04:34 PM
That is so amazing. My bf bought me some Armour Etch a few years back but I've always been scared to try it. I think I'm going to give it a try now using the fabric paint.


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: porfavoray on December 28, 2007 07:42:58 PM
I love unicorns. I hang out with the really ghetto kids at my school, so I get made fun of by them for that a lot. (But they all know and love me, so if anyone else were to try it, they'd probably get jacked.)  Yeah. Those are amazing. I adore them!


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: Lauriefish on January 02, 2008 10:35:41 AM
I LOVE this idea. I have never heard of etching cream--what a great product! I'd like to make some with my own patterns, but I have no artistic ability. Does anyone happen to know if there is a program out there that lets you upload a photo or sketch and turn it into a stencil?

Thanks!


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: dbear on January 02, 2008 09:00:34 PM
Oh my!  I absolutely LOVE those!  Awesome, awesome work.


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: Onyxnox on January 03, 2008 07:08:36 AM
Thanks for the kind words everyone, it's very much appreciated.  I just found out that Ikea has those same style canisters with possibly an air tight seal, for cheaper than what I spent on the ones I used, in three different sizes.  So I think I will make some for the neighbours this year with simple nature designs.  Also they have a nice plain glass hurricane that would be great for etching, to go with ice candles I may make this year.

I LOVE this idea. I have never heard of etching cream--what a great product! I'd like to make some with my own patterns, but I have no artistic ability. Does anyone happen to know if there is a program out there that lets you upload a photo or sketch and turn it into a stencil?
Thanks!

Now sure if it will smear, but what about running contact paper through the printer, then using an exacto blade to cut it out?  Otherwise any other adhesive printable surface should do it - like the large label sheets.  The paste is viscous enough that it should work.

But try printing out a piece of clip art and just taping it behind the glass you are working on, and tracing it out with the fabric paint.  It is pretty easy and forgiving. Any mistakes you make can be removed with no damage to the glass and restarted, and when dried, you can gently trim any mistakes or excess with an exacto blade.


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: beatofadragon on January 07, 2008 10:47:51 AM
i love unicorns and i think there amazing you did an exalent job drawing them.


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: RondaS on January 07, 2008 01:18:11 PM
the fabric paint is an awesome idea! and you did a great job on these!

Ronda

I just added these to my wists!


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: windshadow on January 09, 2008 09:01:14 AM
Love the idea ! But can anyone enlighten me on this 'etching cream' ? I dont think i've seen any around in my country before.


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: Onyxnox on January 09, 2008 03:09:47 PM
Love the idea ! But can anyone enlighten me on this 'etching cream' ? I dont think i've seen any around in my country before.

It is a corrosive cream that eats away a thin layer of glass to permanently etch it.  Here is a link to the company site:
http://www.armourproducts.com/cat--Armour+Etch--Armour+Etch.html (http://www.armourproducts.com/cat--Armour+Etch--Armour+Etch.html)

Several sellers on E-bay have it for sale.

the fabric paint is an awesome idea! and you did a great job on these!

Ronda

I just added these to my wists!

I have seen that word several times here on Craftster - what is a "wists"?


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: sweets4ever on January 09, 2008 05:38:16 PM
the fabric paint is an awesome idea! and you did a great job on these!

Ronda

I just added these to my wists!

I have seen that word several times here on Craftster - what is a "wists"?

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=129215.0


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: Onyxnox on January 09, 2008 06:03:00 PM
the fabric paint is an awesome idea! and you did a great job on these!

Ronda

I just added these to my wists!

I have seen that word several times here on Craftster - what is a "wists"?

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=129215.0

Thanks for the explanation - that is so cool!  That could take care of how I do my Christmas list next year for the in-laws.  I just did a search to see how RondaS added to her wist, and used "unicorn" as the search word.  Imagine my absolute surprise when I found that someone had picked another thing I made on my blog - a crocheted unicorn - and added that to their wist!?!


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: KiwiDragons on January 09, 2008 06:27:30 PM
That was me. I loved these canisters so much I went and spent some time looking through your blog.  :D


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: Onyxnox on January 10, 2008 05:43:43 AM
That was me. I loved these canisters so much I went and spent some time looking through your blog.  :D

Well thank you for the compliment :D



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Post by: Just as I am on January 11, 2008 12:32:35 PM
Wow! I wish I could paint like that.


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Post by: zatanna on January 12, 2008 03:10:56 PM
Ok, I took the advice and am trying the fabric paint..and took the reminder that color doesn't matter to heart, so I have the UGLIEST most fluorescent orange clearance paint in existence hehe. I got some black tshirts, silver fabric paint, and plastic beads for an unrelated project and got the :o look..no people, they are not all going onto the same project! ha.


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Post by: TrickyMcVomit on January 17, 2008 07:39:16 PM
I just used this method and it's so awesome!.! thank you so much for the idea, it is so much easier than contact paper and an exacto!.!

your unicorns are wonderful as well, good job!.! and thank you again!.!


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Post by: ilenkata on April 14, 2008 05:18:35 AM
That's a great idea to use fabric paint for the stencil!


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Post by: CounterCultureKitsch on April 27, 2008 04:29:29 PM
These are so beautiful! I saw them when you first posted them...and have been collecting large glass jars from the recycle bin at work to try my hand at glass etching. :) Thank you for the tutorial!


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Post by: julyseventeen on April 29, 2008 08:20:41 AM
very cute, I bet she will love them!


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Post by: diannecstucki on March 18, 2009 03:13:17 AM
I've been making stencils out of contact paper for etching glass, and getting frustrated with trying to get it to stick to curved surfaces. This is pure genius!


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Post by: Nymla on March 18, 2009 04:40:58 AM
Ooh this is cool! I wonder where I can buy this "chemical etching compound" in Sweden though  :o Anyone know?
Ive got some bottles that would be cool to decorate ^^



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Post by: cnp71201 on March 18, 2009 01:12:59 PM
I'm so jealous! I want a lovely jar etched with a beautiful unicorn! How did you get such thin lines with the fabric paint? All the nozzle fabric paints I've used still seemed to leave thicker lines than that.


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Post by: Esjay82 on March 22, 2009 10:59:24 PM
aww i love unicorns! U did such a great job with these!!! What a great gift!  ;D


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Post by: snowbird49908 on March 23, 2009 03:17:30 PM
so cute..I have a mirror I made for my daughters room that is similar except it has a small unicorn at the top corner.


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Post by: Onyxnox on March 23, 2009 09:02:03 PM
Thank you everyone!

I'm so jealous! I want a lovely jar etched with a beautiful unicorn! How did you get such thin lines with the fabric paint? All the nozzle fabric paints I've used still seemed to leave thicker lines than that.

Some of it is practice.  I started etching with fabric paint stencils awhile back.  I wish I had a picture of a photo frame - I used fabric paint to make a stencil of fuschia flowers on one corner, and I think that may have been the first project I did using that technique.  I ended up peeling it off and cleaning the glass off about three times before being happy with it because the paint came out globby.  It helps to start where you want a thicker area, and use a light touch to drag the tip outwards, with less pressure on the tip to the surface, to get a line that thins out a the end.  Another way is to paint, then cut away the excess with an exacto blade after - though I tend not to do that.  Also, while it is wet, you can carefully remove some of the paint if you make a mistake.  But try not to do that too often because any smudge of paint will prevent the etching medium from making full contact with the glass, and you will get blotchy results.

Also, if you use a smaller tube of fabric paint for the more detailed lines, you will probably have better control of the tip and flow than a larger economy sized bottle of paint.  The larger ones are better for filling out large spaces.  I have mostly used smaller one to 2 oz tubes of paint.  Also, make sure to clean off the tip routinely to keep the flow clear, and not to drag paint around where you don't want it - I always have a moist bit of kleenex or cloth around just to wipe the tip with - that will help keep your edges and lines crisp and cleaner too.

Remember - the colour doesn't matter.  So if you see cheapie disgusting colours of fabric paint on sale because they are getting rid of those colours, grab them.

Ooh this is cool! I wonder where I can buy this "chemical etching compound" in Sweden though  :o Anyone know?
Ive got some bottles that would be cool to decorate ^^

I wish I could tell you.  Armour Etch is an American made product, and I have either bought it at craft stores in my city, or ordered it on E-bay (better price).  Luckily it is a product that can be reused over and over several times.  But because it is a corrosive chemical agent, I am not sure what international shipping on it will be like.  I also do not know of the name of another product like it.  Maybe you can do a search for chemical glass etching products to see if there is such a thing in Europe for retail?


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Post by: charmingflaws on March 24, 2009 07:37:38 PM
I can't tell you how fantastic these are!! I have bookmarked them for my over-the-summer apartment-stuff-making list. I am going to etch every inch of the place. Thank you for the tutorial! It sounds great.


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Post by: CraftyCritters2 on March 26, 2009 08:02:41 AM
Great alternative to the clear contact paper I always used!


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Post by: ShadySarah on March 31, 2009 06:59:44 AM
I have been looking to etch something... and your tutorial with the fabric paint gave me my direction!  I immediately started on my project -- I etched the Transformers Autobots symbol on a glass and gave it to my bf.  He hasn't gotten it yet, but I'm sure he'll love it.  It turned out great!  Thanks for the great idea!


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Post by: Krafty_Karasu on May 07, 2009 09:51:39 AM
I will tell you right now...you are right about it probably being easier to use smaller bottles.  for one, my hand was extremely shaky yesterday, and holding the big bottle I had purchased wasn't making it shake any less.  also, because of the size of the bottle, I felt I had a little less control.  oh well.  I still like mine.  :)

and yes, I finally decided to give this a go.  here's mine: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=304010.0


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Post by: bunsenhoneydew13 on July 28, 2009 08:44:17 PM
I love the idea of using fabric paint like that!


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Post by: bevthefighter on August 10, 2009 10:45:18 AM
These are really neat


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Post by: PixieVal on August 18, 2009 06:29:59 PM
Just wrote down all the materials I need to get-going to try and do this with some shotglasses for one of the swaps I'm in and send out this Saturday! This is a perfect idea, I've been wracking my brain for one more thing to make!


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on August 18, 2009 06:48:39 PM
I never linked here!

I etched 2 beer mugs this same way for a swap (and one of the mugs shattered in transit!  :'()

here's my second attempt at etching the Onyxnox way: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=316445.msg3643660#msg3643660


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: Onyxnox on August 19, 2009 10:05:15 AM
Ooooh - I really like those beer glasses!  Stupid me, I bought some coloured glass votives to etch, and while I was at the dollar store, I completely forgot to restock on paint!


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Post by: Sarah_ on August 21, 2009 12:05:12 AM
This is so cute.


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Post by: jexxican on August 23, 2009 03:35:17 PM
For Christmas this year many people in my family will be getting sets of wine glasses on which I am going to use this tutorial to make super. Thanks!


Title: Re: Glass unicorn canisters
Post by: goReptiles on June 30, 2011 03:42:33 PM
Did you use a stencil to trace on the unicorns, or freehand?


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Post by: Onyxnox on June 30, 2011 07:51:51 PM
What I did was find images I like and print them out, and use them as a guide behind the glass and freehand drew over them, onto the glass with the fabric paint.