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skarinja
« on: July 28, 2009 06:04:30 PM »

I needed a new set of glasses so I bought 12 plain beer glasses from Bed Bath and Beyond for $10. I jazzed them up with some alternative glass etching--animal skeletons. I did a lion, unicorn, snake, rabbit, human, fish, whale, bat, kangaroo, giraffe, swan, and wooly mammoth.

I got images of the skeletons online, printed them out and taped them to the inside of the glasses.  I used Scribbles and Polymark fabric paint to paint the negative space. After it dried, I fixed minor mistakes by scratching away paint with a toothpick and then doing a second coat in areas that were thin. Lastly, I filled in the positive space with Armour Etch cream.


The glasses in the stenciling phase:






The final glasses: (sorry all the photos suck but its SO HARD to take pictures of glass etching)










Individually:

Fish


Kangaroo


Snake


Bat


Rabbit


Swan


Human


Lion (I had to take two pictures because he's quite wide)



Wooly mammoth


Giraffe


Unicorn


Whale




Thanks for looking Smiley Comments, criticism and questions are all welcome!
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« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2009 06:12:27 PM »

WOW!   They turned out great!  I would never have thought of using the paint for a stencil medium - that was an excellent alternative to trying to cut all those teeny details from contact paper!  Love these!
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« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2009 06:14:27 PM »

So. Darn. Cool.
The placement, and details are just perfect!
The snake and mammoth are my favorites....
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« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2009 06:15:27 PM »

oh, and I totally hit 'this rocks!'
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« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2009 06:26:47 PM »

Those are awesome!

(FYI: Filling the glasses with colored water--Kool-Aid?--may give you a decent photo.)
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« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2009 06:46:45 PM »

mannon2 is right! that is very smart! and i hit this rocks too, they look awesome
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« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2009 06:48:28 PM »

This project in UNDENIABLY awesome.
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« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2009 07:11:09 PM »

yup.  this is how I do my etching.  the puffy paint makes it SO easy.  but I learned it from another user on here.  Wink

you have a hell of a lot more patience than I do.  I try to do simple designs.  these are FANTASTIC!!!!!!  go you and your patience!!!
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« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2009 07:22:48 PM »

yup.  this is how I do my etching.  the puffy paint makes it SO easy.  but I learned it from another user on here.  Wink

you have a hell of a lot more patience than I do.  I try to do simple designs.  these are FANTASTIC!!!!!!  go you and your patience!!!

I also got this technique from a Craftster user, Onyxnox, in the post https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=211082.0. I apologize for not giving her credit earlier! I love her unicorn canisters. I've been using this method to do glass etching for about a year now and it's great for me because I'm much better with a paint bottle than I am with scissors or a knife.
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« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2009 08:27:18 PM »

Amazing! I love these glasses!!!
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« Reply #10 on: July 28, 2009 08:47:12 PM »

These may be the coolest etchings I've ever seen.  Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: July 28, 2009 08:49:56 PM »

i would buy these in a heartbeat.

absolutely brilliant. this rocks.
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« Reply #12 on: July 29, 2009 08:13:07 AM »

yup.  this is how I do my etching.  the puffy paint makes it SO easy.  but I learned it from another user on here.  Wink

you have a hell of a lot more patience than I do.  I try to do simple designs.  these are FANTASTIC!!!!!!  go you and your patience!!!

I also got this technique from a Craftster user, Onyxnox, in the post https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=211082.0. I apologize for not giving her credit earlier! I love her unicorn canisters. I've been using this method to do glass etching for about a year now and it's great for me because I'm much better with a paint bottle than I am with scissors or a knife.

ha ha.  yup.  that's who I was referring to.  Wink

you still rock at doing such intricate details with a bottle of puffy paint type stuff.
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« Reply #13 on: July 29, 2009 11:19:12 AM »

i freaking love these!  amazing work!
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« Reply #14 on: July 29, 2009 12:15:33 PM »

Thats a unique way to produce a glass etching stencil.  I could never do it that way, I don't have enough patience.  I use advanced stencil creating methods.  Good job

I will be posting one of my etching projects so check it out.
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« Reply #15 on: July 29, 2009 12:37:28 PM »

Yes! I am definitely going to have to try this--looks good for things that have lots of detail, I normally just use contact paper.
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« Reply #16 on: July 29, 2009 12:48:49 PM »

Just awesome. They rock, seriously.
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« Reply #17 on: July 29, 2009 12:49:37 PM »

Great job - I really like the idea of doing the skeletons, completely unusual, and your end product looks great too.

That whale one reminds me, I want to make some Haida art glasses at some point - thanks for the reminder!
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« Reply #18 on: July 29, 2009 03:13:36 PM »

those are awesome!!!
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« Reply #19 on: July 29, 2009 03:42:44 PM »

Fantastic!  I'm off to rock these bad boys. Grin
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« Reply #20 on: July 29, 2009 05:17:57 PM »

These may be the coolest etchings I've ever seen.  Smiley

Agreed!
Had no idea that you could use that paint for this!
Love the fish skeleton the most! I'd love a whole set!
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« Reply #21 on: July 29, 2009 08:01:59 PM »

I've been dying to try etching.  These were just the motivation I needed..they are terrific!!!
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« Reply #22 on: July 29, 2009 11:05:06 PM »

Fantastic! Ive been wanting to try glass etching for a while.
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« Reply #23 on: July 30, 2009 01:24:15 AM »

These are so cool, I love them. The lion and the snake are my favourites. I hit this rocks Smiley
And kudos to onyxnox for the awesome tutorial, bookmarked for future reference!
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« Reply #24 on: July 30, 2009 04:01:44 AM »

This rocks! I saw the thumbnail and thought, did someone make a mammouth skeleton? And it is a mammouth skeleton! Wow, these glasses are so beautiful, you are amazing!
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« Reply #25 on: July 30, 2009 04:14:51 AM »

That is so cool!! I want to try that! Very excellent subject matter, they turned out really well.
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« Reply #26 on: July 30, 2009 05:27:29 AM »

I always cut out stencils with contact paper. This seems so much easier! Great job!
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« Reply #27 on: July 30, 2009 06:39:12 AM »

Thanks for sharing the tutorial! I've never seen etching done this way. i've always tried to cut out the negative space out of stickers and labels... this looks much easier!
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« Reply #28 on: July 30, 2009 08:14:16 AM »

 I love them, and how clever of you to use fabric paint for the negative spaces!

It's not like I 'm a real good photographer or something, but maybe it works if you put some black fabric inside the glasses and turn the flash on your camera off? Just a thought, but either way, the glasses look amazing! 
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« Reply #29 on: July 31, 2009 01:37:35 PM »

I love, love, love these! If I had a wist, these would be at the top of my list. And, ditto on: the "This Rocks!," crazy amount of patience and thanks for the tutorial link!
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« Reply #30 on: August 06, 2009 12:06:53 AM »

Such cool designs and a GREAT idea for actually getting the stencil on there! Brilliant Smiley
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« Reply #31 on: August 08, 2009 02:29:36 PM »

Wow - great job - they look terrific.  And thanks heaps for the mini-tut.  Such patience!
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« Reply #32 on: August 10, 2009 10:56:22 AM »

Nice project. 
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« Reply #33 on: August 11, 2009 09:40:23 PM »

Great glasses! Puts me in the mood for the etching class that I am taking on friday. Hope to try this technique sometime.
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« Reply #34 on: August 15, 2009 08:57:42 AM »

Those are so cool!
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« Reply #35 on: August 18, 2009 11:11:45 AM »

these are amazing. definitely a process im going to need to try out! I think the wooly mammoth and the whale are my favorites. though the kangaroo and giraffe are interesting!
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« Reply #36 on: August 25, 2009 11:15:39 AM »

Great Idea! I was thinking of doing wine glass etching for gifts for my stepmom's birthday (tomorrow eep) and spend last night trying to cut out stencils without my exacto. Then I came across this and the link to the tut! My glasses are drying at the moment. Thanks a bunch. I'll post my finished project with a big thanks to you!
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« Reply #37 on: September 06, 2009 06:28:56 PM »

Very, very cool and original!
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« Reply #38 on: October 18, 2009 06:21:53 PM »

These are pretty neat. I am trying my hand at glass etching and having a few challenges. How do you remove the paint, soap and water?

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« Reply #39 on: October 20, 2009 02:26:27 AM »

The paint will just peel off as you rinse it under warm water.  As I stated in my tut, you don't want to wash the stencil off into the drain in case of blockage, and don't leave it sitting on the counter, or it could adher to it.  Just pick it off (it comes off easily) and toss it.
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