I haven't experimented with etching in years and even then I only used a dremel. When the
opportunity came about to participate in the etchall® Design Challenge, I jumped at it. The product
has been a crafting mainstay for 80 years. I want try it out in my art, but rather than experiment first
on glass sheets, I gave myself the challenge of trying it on the curved surface of my favorite pitcher.
It's so easy to use!
You will need:
4oz etchall® Etching Crème
2 sheets of etchall® Etchmask Vinyl
small flower squeeze punch (I used one from Fiskars.)
paper for covering work surface
Cover your work surface.
Cut the vinyl into 1" x 1" squares or 4x4 squares if looking at the grid on the reverse side of the vinyl (picture 2)
Center the square of vinyl in the squeeze punch and punch out a flower (picture 3). Save the flowers for another project.
I stored mine in an envelope.
Apply the squares on the surface of the vase in a random pattern (picture 4). As the surface is curved, it is critical that you use the squeegee to
push out any air bubbles especially along the edge of the flower cut out.
Using the vinyl scraps, punch small circles with a hole punch. Apply those to the center of the flower cut outs.
Use a sponge brush to dab / brush on the etching crème. I tried to use the squeegee as stated in the directions, but
I found this difficult on a curved surface. The sponge brush worked. There was a trick to applying it so that the glass
didn't look streaky. You need a thick even coat that is spread evenly. If you see streaks (picture 5), apply a bit more.
I did one side of the vase at a time as I wasn't sure if the crème would run. It doesn't.
Set your timer for 15 minutes. Scrape off any excess with the squeegee and return to jar, then rinse off crème under
running water until all residual is completely removed. While the water is running, pull off all the vinyl squares and dots.
With the water still running, pour some baking soda down your drain to neutralize the crème. Hint: Use a steel sink,
not a porcelain one or you may end up with an etched sink!
When my daughter saw the results she exclaimed, "WOW! You can see the flowers! That's cool, Mom! Can I do it now?"
Her best friend just got married. She's thinking of etching a pitcher with matching glasses for them, though after looking
at the etchall® website, she might make a frame with her friend's wedding date etched into the glass.
Next up for me - the glass on my front door, but in the meantime I'm sketching out ideas that combine glass etching with
mixed media applications.