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Posted 12/14/2012 by MississippiScrapper in General Scrappin'


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Posted: 12/14/2012 11:01:37 PM
what do you use for glass etching? Can you cut the design out of contact paper or do you need to use vinyl? Other suggestions? I am etching 35 square-ish votive holders as Christmas presents for my staff and need any suggestions or tips that y'all have.
Thanks bunches!



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Posted: 12/15/2012 12:47:43 AM
Glass etching is super fun!! I have always used vinyl. I get ugly colors that are on clearance or sale because you are not going to see it anyway. You can reuse a piece of transfer tape several times. I apply the etching medium with a foam brush and let it sit for 10 minutes and then rinse it off. You can then use stickles or liquid paint to embellish. Have fun!!
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Posted: 12/15/2012 5:30:32 AM
I've used contact paper without any problems (cheaper than vinyl). Popsicle sticks work well for applying the etching cream - you can also use them to scrape it off afterwards (can be reused). Make sure you apply a thick layer of the cream and allow enough time for it to work. Have fun with it!


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Posted: 12/15/2012 7:40:05 AM
If you use the Armour Etch cream, I always leave it on longer than it says on the directions. I don't think you can leave it on too long, personally.


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Posted: 12/15/2012 7:48:23 AM
I also use contact paper. It is perfect for etching. Take the time to really rub it onto the glass and get out any bubbles.

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Posted: 12/15/2012 8:38:20 AM
I've used stickers (stars and circles) and I've used fabric paint to draw--the kind that comes in the little bottles like Stickles. Both worked great. What ever sticks will work.

I agree with leaving it on longer than it says.

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Posted: 12/15/2012 10:26:28 AM
I love glass etching, I use Armour Etch and leave it on at least 10 minutes. I use Oracle 631, Silhouette or Cricut Vinyl AND contact paper. Since I make my stencils with dies OR punches, I can use the left over pieces to punch out the stencil or use as masking to make sure nothing drips past the stencil.

Do NOT use masking tape to mask!!! Contact paper is cheaper BUT I get better cuts on the vinyl and the vinyl sticks better. I didn't believe it would, after all, I thought the contact paper was supposed to be more permanent than the REMOVABLE Oracle 631!

I have two links below, the first, where I was asking for help on how to make it stand out more but it has other tips, the second was a recent thread where people were talking about products and such. I've been keeping track of all the etching threads, learn something each time! One of these days, I need to consolidate all the tips and make one post with it.

Thread One - Glass Etching AND how to make it POP

Thread Two - mostly about Products and Tools

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Posted: 12/15/2012 1:44:54 PM
Awesome ideas!!! THanks for the tips and off to get some etching done!


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Posted: 12/16/2012 8:19:01 AM
Glass etching seems daunting but it's super easy. I repurposed a bunch of jars and bottles for laundry detergents and soaps about a month ago and added glass etching to every one of them to easily identify what type of soap is in the jar/bottle! I used both contact paper and some leftover vinyl for my project. I would say that both worked equally well. I used the contact paper as transfer paper too so I could easily place the stencil on the glass. It worked better as transfer paper with the vinyl... I actually used Cricut transfer paper when I cut the stencil from contact paper. Two big tips: Leave the stuff on longer than they say. I think you get a better result. And secondly (and this is a tip from another pea), before you wash it off, brush the excess back into the bottle. It can be used over and over and you'd be amazed at just how far a small bottle will go if you do this. If I hadn't received this tip, I would have used more than just one bottle but instead I used about 1/4.

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