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Topic: Etched Glass US Army Chessboard (now with pics of chess pieces!)  (Read 9532 times)
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« on: November 08, 2009 09:36:21 AM »

Hi, this isn't my first etched glass piece I've made, but the first one I've posted on Craftster Smiley This is my dad's Christmas present and I really like how it turned out!
This is a chessboard embellished with one of the US Army seals and part (the eagle) of another US Army seal. I etched it on a piece of 12" x 12" mirror and it took me a couple of days to complete it. I just set it in a scrap book frame that I purchased a while back Smiley Maybe if I get the time and $ I will be able to make the pieces to go with it. I want to do the Army ranks with Officers vs. Enlisted. If I don't, I have a set of glass chess pieces that I purchased a while back to go with it.



And a closer look at the detail:


Sorry about the blurry pictures, but the camera doesn't focus on the mirror very well Sad


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I finally got off my butt and got the chess pieces done! The bottom was just 1" wood circles and wooden spools (in two sizes) glued together and the tops were crafted from white polymer clay and then painted and detailed.

The entire board set up showing the detail of the Enlisted ranks:


And a detail of the Officer's ranks:


I'm extremely happy with how they turned out and I can't wait for him to open his present this weekend!
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« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2009 09:53:37 AM »

That is super amazing. Wow. My jaw, actually dropped.   Grin
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« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2009 11:13:30 AM »

Thank you Smiley I hope my dad does the same thing when he gets this!
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« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2009 11:45:39 AM »

Cool! Is this a chemical etch or did you use tools?
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« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2009 12:16:28 PM »

this is awesome! i may have to bookmark this and show it to my daddy when i go see him in march
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« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2009 12:48:34 PM »

Cool! Is this a chemical etch or did you use tools?

It's a chemical etch. I covered the mirror with contact paper and drew the image onto that, then cut out the parts that I wanted etched. I wish I could afford the sand etching kit for other projects like glasses and such, but the chemical etch is good to leave a flat surface for the game boards I make Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2009 01:17:24 PM »

It looks great.  The detail is amazing.
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« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2009 05:54:28 AM »

Wow.  I'm in awe.  What detail!  What patience! Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2009 06:36:15 AM »

Great work - I love the detail. Does the paper need to be waterproof to stop the chemical etch?
 
For better focus, you can try pressing the button halfway down while pointing just beyond the edge (point at the couch), then while still holding it, move back to the glass and press the rest of the way. Also, you can get more light (less blur) if you take the shot outdoors in sunlight.
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« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2009 11:47:16 AM »

Great work - I love the detail. Does the paper need to be waterproof to stop the chemical etch?

The contact paper is I use is waterproof, but I've heard of other people using masking tape and other sticker material for their etchings, too. Oh- and I wish I had known this before I etched this, but sometimes, the sticker residue gets stuck on the glass when you cut away the parts you want to etch. I tried cleaning the glass on this with regular glass cleaner, but I couldn't get all the stickies off, and that's why there is some irregularity in the etch *cry*. Use rubbing alcohol! I just used it on another project today (for a personal swap) and it worked wonders! Now my pieces will be turning out so much more professional looking! I'm happy and excited!
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