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poe poe
« on: September 23, 2008 09:26:45 AM »

I made these for a friend of mine for Christmas. They are made from old glade candel glasses. I am really happy with how the manna symbols turned out (Yes, yes, I know...but white wasn't working so I had to use yellow.)

However I'm not happy with the glass etching. I think I should have used a bath instead of just painting it on, because It looks real splotchy, and the rims didn't take very well either. Do you think they are good enough to gift? They took a long time (especially the bottoms.) I don't want to redo them, but they look way to patchy to me. Am I just being overly critical, or should I just keep this set and try again?

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« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2008 09:41:59 AM »

i think they look awesome *is a player* though i see what you mean about the etching
could you perhaps top-up the etch using a bath?
or paint patterns on the etched bits with more of the gel so it looks like it's supposed to be that way?
whatever you decide i would not be ashamed to own those
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« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2008 09:42:17 AM »


Those are beautiful, I would be honored to receive those as a gift.

Good job!

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« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2008 09:43:27 AM »

I think they look just fine!  They don't seem splotchy, though I think I see what's in your hypercritical vision, which is pretty normal in my experience with glass etching.  Those vague "imperfections" may be from handling -- try washing them with dish soap and towel drying.

But really, I don't think you need to worry, and I expect your friend is going to be delighted to receive these very thoughtful and well-crafted gifties!
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« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2008 09:59:29 AM »

I think they look really fantastic... I personally have never been able to get etching to look perfectly smooth, but I don't think it really needs to.

On a side note, would old glade candle cups be food-safe? It's still glass, of course, but there may be contaminants that leech into whatever is put in the cup since it wasn't originally intended to contain stuff that will be ingested by humans. But I'm just paranoid about things like that, lol.
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« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2008 10:08:54 AM »

I see what you're seeing, but if I didn't know I would think that was normal. I think they look perfect, and I would love to receive them as a gift!
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« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2008 10:26:56 AM »

I think if they look a little rustic it only suits the game! I love MTG and I am sure that your friend will love them too!
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« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2008 10:39:27 AM »

I have never done the bath method, but I didn't want the cream on the inside of the glasses, and I was worried I wouldn't be able to get it close enough to the top doing it that way. Not that it would have mattered, because the rims didn't seem to etch very well anyway.
I think if they look a little rustic it only suits the game! I love MTG and I am sure that your friend will love them too!
I guess I can see how the rustic imperfect look mimics the cards. I feel a lot better about that now. Although I am still unhappy with the rim.
I think they look really fantastic... I personally have never been able to get etching to look perfectly smooth, but I don't think it really needs to.

On a side note, would old glade candle cups be food-safe? It's still glass, of course, but there may be contaminants that leech into whatever is put in the cup since it wasn't originally intended to contain stuff that will be ingested by humans. But I'm just paranoid about things like that, lol.
I was a little worried about this too, but I get them as clean as possible. I pop them in the freezer so I can pop out any remaining wax, then I let them set untill room temperature. I scrub them out good with an SOS pad, then pour really hot water in them, and let them set untill it's cooled down enough to handle and wash them a few times with dish soap, and then pop them in the dishwasher. I think I am getting them clean enough to drink out of. I have drank out of them, and don't taste anything weird. But if any of you have heard that this is unsafe, please let me know.
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« Reply #8 on: September 23, 2008 10:58:05 AM »

I just emailed the folks at Glade to find out the answer (yes, I'm that curious).  I'll letcha know their reply Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: September 23, 2008 10:59:21 AM »

Great idea. Thank a lot. I would feel relly bad if I gave him contaminated glasses.
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