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« on: August 05, 2010 09:33:44 AM »

did not turn out very well at all.

I used armour etch and fabric paint, and I left the stuff on for an hour.
Basically, it endted up looking very etched around the edges and barely etched on the inside.  Also, the edges were very jagged, not smooth or straight at all, even though the paint looked perfectly fine.

Any ideas what I did wrong? how to make it better next time?  I can get a picture if it would help.  I'm just looking for ideas on how to make sure my next one looks like a proper etching
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« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2010 08:07:03 AM »

I've had that problem before too.  When you put on the etching creme, make sure you brush it on first in one direction, and then the opposite and that an even layer is all over, especially the middle.  I sometimes glop a little extra in the middle just in case.

How did the fabric paint factor in to the etching?  I've never heard of using that...
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« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2010 04:23:05 PM »

I have experimented with using contact paper and painter's tape for etching glass with Armour Etch--I've never tried the fabric paint.

Contact paper gives a softer edge than painter's tape. I painted the etching creme on first up, then down, then side to side, and I really glopped it on. I let it sit for 2 full hours before I washed it off and peeled off the contact paper/painter's tape. Also, remember to shake the Armour Etch up really really well before using.

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« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2010 08:14:16 PM »

What kind of fabric paint are you using?  I wonder if you did not let it dry long enough.  When it dries more fully, it seems to stick to the glass better, and I use dimensional paint, the thick gloppy plasticky stuff, like Tulip brand, not the stuff like acrylic paint.  Whe it dries, you can adjust the edges a bit with a craft knife to fix some of the edges too.

I stir the etch well, and glop on a thick layer.  It generally doesn't have to sit for long, just a few minutes should be enough.  The excess can be scraped back into the bottle and reused.  But some glass doesn't etch well, if at all, such as Pyrex.

Here is how I have done it in the past:

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« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2011 08:16:08 AM »

Also, you may want to try cleaning the glass with a little bit of rubbing alcohol right before putting the etching cream on. The oils from your fingers and hands plus an other left over residues can affect how well the etching cream reacts on the glass.
I prefer using the contact paper method because I can draw my image onto the contact paper on a flat surface before applying it to the glass and then using an x-acto knife to cut out the image.
Good luck with your next etching project!

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