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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