Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Etching Experiment

When Young House Love posted this about glass etching, I promptly added etching creme to my mile-long (just kiddingbut seriously, we're on a strict budget and my mom spoils me) Christmas list of things to have my mom buy me so I didn't have to buy them for myself.  And as expected, she came through!  

Armed with YHL's instructions, I set out to make a gift for my sister's 21st birthday.  I found a $4 pitcher at Ross - made for beer most likely, but I thought it would be good for margaritas.

You guys - my mom is awesome - she reads my blog (as does the whole fam! thanks!) and knows of my crafty fantasies.  She got me not just one Xacto knife - but a whole freaking set.  With it's own special box.  With replacement blades.  ahhhhhhhh........

I completely used YHL's steps - but here are pictures of my pathetic attempt anyway!  I too used painter's tape for my stencil - although mine was totally old and had lost some of it's stickiness.  So better tape would have helped - I had a bit of bleeding.  

 I waited about 5 minutes - and it was starting to eat the tape edges - and it was super stinky!!  But it definitely etched!  Not as much as I would have liked, but it still turned out pretty cute! 

Anyone etched anything fun lately??  I've got some cream to use! 


  1. Oh, I'm almost convinced. I saw this pyrex dish and want to make one for everyone I know getting married this year's bridal showers (it's the summer of weddings for my girlfriends - and I have a kid. Outcast anyone?). Anyway, back to etching. I totally want to try, but when I tried to make ornaments with paint using a similar method I had major issues. But I'm tempted. Here's the link to what I want to copy: http://homemadebyjill.blogspot.com/2011/01/insulated-casserole-carriers.html

  2. Oh, and I got so caught up in me me me that I forgot to tell you I LOVE the pitcher. And that's a perfect 21st birthday gift!

  3. fabulous post today!!
    thanks for making it look so easy!

  4. This looks like a lot of fun! I think I'm going to have to try it sometime. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I second Emily's link. That's on my list for the month.

  6. How cool!

    That was very sweet of your mom, and I love that your family reads your blog. :)

  7. It turned out great! I think maybe the thickness and composition of the glass has something to do with how well/fast it etches, too. I etched Bath and Body candles for Christmas and I left the etching cream on for like 15 minutes and it still didn't etch well.

  8. Wish all of the network of friends have a new start .

    hope you have a great 2011. Thanks for the link, sweetie!
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