New skill – glass etch

Several months ago a friend was making a new glass sided PC case for his sister’s wedding present. He had etched the side and once he was done with his project he tossed the remaining etch cream to me saying he though I would find it useful in my hobbies.

Ebony coffee logo from FFXV

In true Gabi fashion I let it sit on my shelf for months thinking it was an involved process to work with it. Nope. Turns out some projects take as little as 3-5 minutes. I’m in the midst of still loving Ignis from FFXV so I though I would make an etched glass of his favorite drink, Ebony. I had seen etched glass before so I sat down and watched a couple videos before I got started.

Bean part of logo cut in green vinyl

Like I said it’s pretty frikin easy. You can mask out areas you don’t want etched with stickers or vinyl. Since I had some vinyl on hand I crammed the Ebony coffee logo into my Cricut (you can use a craft knife also) and stuck the sticker on one of my old AF pint glasses. Then I took the bean part of the logo and stuck a bunch of those on too just to make it look a little more interesting and official.

Swipe swipe with a paint brush for 5 minutes and it was done.
I am stupidly blown away by having anything that looks that nice that quickly. It is now my drinking glass of choice.

Etched Ebony logo pint glass
Names of office people cut in vinyl

So after that successful experience I began to think of gifts I could make for people since Christmas was coming. Ornaments were made of glass when I was a kid. These days they are almost always plastic, so you have to try and find the glass ones.
Found plain glass ones at the craft store and got to work. Again, YouTube has some great tutorials on working with round surfaces, vinyl, and etch cream.

This project takes a bit longer as you can’t swipe the etching solution around because we are making patterns with it. So instead of the 3 minutes it’s more like an hour. So I set up a little station of etching, holders, and a wash brush. Took me a couple days since each took 30 min to apply, an hour to etch, then clean and dry but the outcome is so sweet it was worth it.

Box of freshly etched round glass ornaments.

Look at how snowy magical they look. I wanted to paint them as well but painting kills how well you can see the etch. They look much nicer clear. Plus a bonus as you can pop the top off and add a personal item like a lock of hair, a flower, or even a baby tooth.
Ribbon is left from my Riding Frock coat.

All in all it’s pretty darn neat skill to pick up. Next time I am in the glass aisle I’m going to look for more to etch. Pretty much everyone getting married or having a housewarming party is getting a fancy ass etched vase or something with their initials on it.

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DragonCon 2016

Well then… it’s been so long I don’t even remember much in particular about this con. It was fun, I had my camera, and lots of friends were there.
But that’s pretty much every Dragoncon ever. 😀

My favorites include

  • Queen Elizabeth I – such detail
  • Con Freshener – he was actually pine scented!
  • Our Lady of the Perpetual Carpet – funny and inventive
  • DAT Missandei – she was lovely
  • Sakizou – cause I know you spent a lot of time on that
  • Any Lance cosplay I saw – cause I love him

Please enjoy these 350+ photos.
As always if you are in it, take it. Credit would be nice. Feel free to edit your photos too. Cause these are very point and click on the floor unless I changed to a 50mm lens for portraits.

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The Importance of Iron

So I’ve probably had 3 irons in my entire life. My parents’, the one I moved into a dorm and later an apartment with, and a standard one that I got cause it turned off after a few minutes.

These days it’s tempting to not even own one as a lot of clothing doesn’t require it anymore. But if you craft at all an iron is essential to doing it well.

After hemming and hawing over my iron dribbling water occasionally and being utterly terrified it would stain something I was working on with a watermark or worse I decided to shop for an iron. But what does one look for in such a mundane appliance? I started with what I didn’t want:
No water dribbles, no sticking, no staying on forever, no blunt edges that couldn’t get in tight corners. But I also wanted lots of even AF steam, big water tank, heavy so it will press down for me.
I started my search in stores but found standard household stuff. Pretty, clean, normal use that all my old irons were. On a lark I thought to just check online for what people liked. That is how I found THIS…

CHI iron box
It’s super hot, super steamy, and ready to hear from you.

Look at this beauty from Amazon. It was around $50 which is pricey when lots of irons top out at $25. But I took the plunge anyways knowing I could return it. So I popped this baby open and WHOA look at all those steam holes. There are 300+ of them.

The sole plate is titanium coated to keep it from sticking and staining stuff but you do have to keep it away from metal zippers/buttons that might scratch it.

Next I wanted to see the kind of heat this thing can put out. Well it has no problems there. It heats up like a flash inside of 45 secs and it’s smooth over fabric thanks to that soleplate. But then there was the steam and holy crap…the steam.

The steam blocks out the camera!!!

I am very pleased with my purchase 7 months in. It’s been making my sewing easier to handle and less stressful since I know it’s not actively trying to drip on my clothes or stain something. If you want this model you can find it on Amazon HERE. I’m not an affiliate so I’m not trying to get your money or anything. It’s just a damn good iron.

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