Oh, the things we do for the people we love. 😉
(You’ll find all 12 at the bottom of the post! Try not to be distracted by the weird light effects here. They really turned out great! 😀 )
Yep. You read that right. I glass etched 12 different wine glasses. They were for my inlaw’s. I LOVE the way they turned out AND they were QUITE THE HIT!! YAY!! So, that’s a thrill for me. It makes me happy when people like what I made. I enjoyed making them too, but I waited WAAAY too long to get started. Don’t make the same mistake I did and think you’re going to crank these out really fast just because you’ve glass etched before. The etching was only part of the time problem. The biggest trouble? It was that I waited so long to choose what images I was going to do. Not everything is a good image choice for a project like this. You have to remember you are working with the NEGATIVE IMAGE…not what you cut, but what ISN’T there. It might drive you crazy, but you can do it. Just don’t wait until the last minute…like I did someone I know did. 😛
Here’s How I Did It:
1st I spent forever choosing the images that I wanted. I used my Cricut Expression to cut the images out on cardstock to decide what I was going to use. Then I cut them out in vinyl. I teach you how to glass etch on both flat and curved surfaces in my Cricut Vinylology DVD. It doesn’t matter what color vinyl you use…I just had a bunch of green, so I used that. I weeded out the parts I didn’t need.
Then I cut the different images apart so I could get ready to adhere them to each individual glass. BTW, I made all those designs inside a circle so they would be easier to work with. This was especially helpful with the bee image…there I used a circle inside a circle.
Most of the images and letters I chose are special to my inlaws (some are just ’cause it’s Winter/holidays). The letters are obviously the initials of the people I was giving these to. But the BEE? It’s really the closest I could get to a fly. I HAD to put a “fly” on a glass because last summer on 2 different occasions, both my MIL and SIL drank wine and swallowed a fly that had landed in their glasses. UGH!!! It’s not the tequila worm y’all!! Soooo gross. Anyway, I had to put a fly/bee on there. It turned out well too! 😀
Next, stick all of the vinyl onto the glasses. I used transfer tape to peel the image off of the backing and stick it to the glass.
You want to get all of the bubbles out that are next to the cut areas you’ll be etching. I teach you how to do all of this in my Cricut Vinylology DVD.
Next step? You cover the image with Armour Etch Cream using a sponge brush. Don’t be stingy with it either, really pile it on there. Also, I’ve found that leaving it on for 15-20 minutes really gives you a good result. I know what the jar says…but I’m telling you what I do. 😉
Do NOT touch that Etch Cream with your bare hands!! Read the cautions on the bottle!!
Hey, I know that “G” looks like there are bubbles near the etching image, but trust me…they’re further from it than they look and those edges are down flat. 😉
Ok…so next…THE FUN PART!! I washed the etching cream off of the glasses. Yep, I just stuck them under running water in my kitchen sink. Then after all the etching cream is off, you just peel off the vinyl and “Voila”!! You’ve got an etched glass! TA-DA!!!
The light made this look a little weird, but they look perfect in person. 😀
Again, some funky lighting, but the glasses were great!
Crazy lighting, but the glasses came out without a blemish!
Yay!! Now what can I glass etch next? 😉
Cartridges Used: Home Decor (bee/fly) & (love); Wild Card (star); Gypsy Wanderings (heart, I put one inside another) & (musical note), Lyrical Letters (letters C & R); Storybook (letters A & G) & (flower); Don Juan (tree); George & Basic Shapes (circle around all shapes & letters); Joys of the Season (snowflake)