I have been longing to try glass etching for awhile now! I was afraid to mess up though! I got some inspiration when I was looking at some photos on the Silhouette facebook page where they used vinyl to create a pattern like cement tile. I LOVE CEMENT TILE! The patterns are to die for! I love love love the look, but my husband thinks it the patterns are “too busy.” So I haven’t added any to my house… yet.
Anyway, I decided that glass etching with a cement tile like pattern would be dreamy! I first tried Dollar Tree, but I didn’t think the shape of those mugs would work well with the all over pattern. Then I found the perfect mugs at Target! They were the right shape, but they were $3 for 2 mugs. I’m way to cheap for that. So, I went to a thrift store and I found the perfect mugs! They were $3 for 6 mugs!
I am still so excited! I basically danced out of the store and got a Diet Coke on the way home to celebrate! I also got a glass vase for 50 cents as a trial run. That is where this post comes in (sorry, that was long). So I present to you my first ever glass etch project.
First, I had to wash the glass. I wanted it really clean for the vinyl and etch cream.
Second, I made a cut file in Silhouette Studio with a pattern that I wanted.
Third, I cut the design into Oracal 631 white vinyl. Then I weeded out the pattern so it will work like a stencil.
Fourth, I used some transfer tape to put it on the glass (trying really hard to eliminate wrinkles) and I used a paint brush to paint on the etching cream.
After the cream sat on the glass for 20 minutes, I washed it off and saw some awesome etching!
At first I was concerned that the etch wasn’t as even as I’d like, but I feel like it gives it more of a cement tile look! I love it! I am so excited to start on my set of mugs and share it with you! I’m thinking I might do more of a floral pattern for the glasses. What do you think?!
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I totally did this to put my name on the bottom of my glass pans for when I take meals to people. I never even thought about making the top all cute!! Love it!
Brenna, it turned out so cute! I wish you had told us how much the project costed you all together. Looks awesome 🙂
The bowl was 50 cents and the glass etch cream was 8 dollars! I have tons of the cream left, so it was really affordable!
Brenna it turned out awesome! I think a floral pattern would be awesome on the mugs
So excited to see more projects!!! I love crafts too! I haven’t tried etching cream yet, but it looks like I might have to. Is the vinyl reusable, or do you have to cut it out for every item you do?
The vinyl is a one time use. So I have to cut it out every time