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Topic: Celtic Knotwork Vase-first time using glass etching cream-lotsa pictures  (Read 3199 times)
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« on: September 12, 2011 08:06:35 AM »

I was inspired by Oxynox's technique in this post: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=211082.0 to try using glass etching cream for the first time.  I made some mistakes, but over all, I like it, and I think with a little more care and practice, results could be very nice.

I chose this very plain glass cylindrical vase that came with a flower arrangement to experiment on, because I didn't like it. I thought that if I ruined it, it would be a small loss.

Step 1: I put the paper with the design printed on it inside the vase, and traced the design with black puffy fabric paint.

I traced the same knot onto both sides of the base of the vase:

Step 2: Assemble gear, including gloves and a sponge to apply the etching cream:

Step 3: Apply etching cream:

You can see here that I didn't do the neatest job, and went outside the lines in a few places. I ended up switching to using Q-Tips for application, which was easier to control.

The instructions on the jar say to leave for 1 minute. I left the cream on for 6 minutes, and rinsed it off, and there were still little bitty clear patches inside my design. I reapplied for 6 more minutes to get full frosting. So this took around 12 times longer than the instructions on the jar suggested. I suppose this must be affected by the formulation of the glass in your object.

I washed off the cream again, and then ran hot water over the fabric paint for a minute, which makes it peel off very easily.

The Finished product!

A photo in the sunlight with some hastily picked wildflowers:
« Last Edit: September 13, 2011 01:25:19 PM by celticchrys » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2011 12:29:18 PM »

I've always gone with the ten minute rule with the pieces I've etched and had a lot of success with them. I do tend to forget though and it usually ends up being closer to 30....

I love to etch when the laundry is going, then I always remember them when it's time to switch loads!

The Fabric Paint idea is really cool! I get so tired of cutting stencils and using sharpie here and there, I'll have to give that a try the next time I get the hankering do do some etching.
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« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2011 01:48:47 PM »

Cool project!

« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2011 06:54:30 PM »

awww that's so beautiful! and mistakes are okay! practice makes perfect -- just means you have lots more things to prettify!

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