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Topic: First Etched glass project - TMNT drinking glass  (Read 3053 times)
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« on: December 08, 2008 08:25:30 AM »

I wanted to post because I was so excited.  As my first glass etching project I wasn't sure how it would go.  I etched a TMNT design into a drinking glass as part of my husbands Christmas present.  The pictures aren't the best, but I wanted to post before I had to leave for work.  I'll try to post better pictures later.

and here is the stencil I used

I'm not sure how well you can see but the stencil was meant to be more complex, with the other turtles, but after staring at the thing and attacking it with an exacto knife for sometime, with no idea how it would turn out I decided to simplify to only the center turtle.

I used a stencil I found online, and printed it onto contact paper I had laying around... this sort of worked.  I had to wait for the contact paper to dry (it's a clear plastic kind), and then when I went to start cutting the pieces out the ink started to smear...  Does anyone know a better way to do this? Is there a better kind of contact paper I should buy? Any tips on how to photograph with better results?

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« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2008 09:27:51 AM »

How fabulous!!  I've seen people here use paint as a resist with some impressive results.

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« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2008 10:49:24 PM »

I've done a lot of glass etching and this looks GREAT for your first project!  Especially with an exacto knife!  Try photographing in a darker room with the flash on, it helps pick up on the design.  As for the contact paper, I can't help you, I've never tried it.  I use painters tape and either draw on a design, freehand, or tape a printout over it.  Or use stickers  Cheesy  But either way, I'd go with a simple design for glass etching otherwise your hand will hurt from the knife  Undecided  It looks great though, keep it up!

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« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2008 11:57:34 PM »

When I did my etching with contact paper I printed out my design on regular paper, taped it to my contact paper and cut through both at the same time. It worked out well for me. Yours turned out great too though! Nice job Smiley

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