Friday, March 2, 2012

Etching on a Glass Tile

Hello again fellow crafters!  Today I tried etching crème for the first time.  I have been seeing all sorts of crafts with etched designs and finally gave in.  My initial plan was to make a set of coasters, but after I had trouble finding clear glass squares (who knew they would be so hard to find?) I settled on the idea to make a glass piece of décor for the kitchen.  I was skeptical at first, but I have to admit:  it turned out really neat!

You Will Need:
-Glass Coaster (I found mine in the tile section at Lowes)
-Etching Crème
-Transfer Paper

Choose a design from the Silhouette Store or create your own.  Cut out the image in the vinyl.

Since my initial plan was to make coasters, I decided to make the decorative square “kitchen” related.  I bought a 4x4 glass square that was tinted green.  My kitchen is red so I LOVE the green accents!  It’s perfect for that apple/strawberry kitchen look!

I also picked a design from the Silhouette Store that had an image of silverware on it with the word “Bistro”.  That way, even when I feel like mixing a box of macaroni & cheese, I can still tell myself that I’m cooking in a cute little bistro… after all, that’s what the tile says!

Peel away the vinyl in the area where you want the etched image to be.

Cover the top of the vinyl with the transfer tape (I used GLAD Press & Seal).  Use a credit card to smooth out any bubbles in the vinyl.  If the vinyl does not have tight edges, the etching crème will leak, creating an image that is not crisp.

Next, remove the paper backing and position the vinyl onto the tile.  Take the transfer paper off.

Apply a generous amount of etching crème to your image.  Let it sit for 15 minutes or so.  The longer it sets the better the etching will appear.

 When ready, wipe off the excess and wash it with water, remove the vinyl and…

Finished Product:
Ta-Da! How neat is this?

Now it’s your turn!  Make your own and share it with me.  The possibilities are endless! 


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