Glass Etching with the Silhouette Cameo

One of my favorite projects, or really my favorite finished product that results from said project, is etched glass!  I love getting to add a personal touch to an otherwise plain and boring piece of glass, and my Silhouette Cameo makes creating the exact design I want so easy!!! I know I’ve gotten lots of questions from friends and family about my personalized Pyrex dishes, and office pot lucks are a lot less stressful now that I know no one is going to sneak off with my favorite dish!!

One of my many etched Pyrex dishes!!

One of my many etched Pyrex dishes!!

 

For this project you will need:

Glass Item to be Etched

Stencil Material or Adhesive Vinyl

Etching Cream

Silhouette Cameo

Measuring Tape

Gloves

Safety Glasses

Everything I used to complete this project.

Everything I used to complete this project.

Today I am etching my EVOO bottle.  I love cooking with EVOO and I was going through so many of the smaller easier to handle bottles that I just decided to break down and buy the BIG bottle!  But that makes it really hard to pour when you are only needing a little oil for each recipe!  So I purchased an oil dispenser and now I just refill it as necessary!  I didn’t like how plain it was though, so I decided to dress it up a little!!

To begin, I measured my bottle and then created a design in my Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software.  When I was happy with my design, I adjusted the cut settings for vinyl, and sent it to my Cameo to be cut.  Silhouette makes a stencil material to be used with their etching cream that I really like.  However, I decided to use colored vinyl for this project so that it would be easier to see in pictures.  (I actually photographed the process while etching my Pyrex dishes, and the transparent stencil material was almost impossible to see!)  Be sure to use a piece of material that will provide a wide border around the design so that the etching cream doesn’t get anywhere else on the glass in places you don’t want it.

I measured my bottle so that I would cut my design at the correct size.

I measured my bottle so that I would cut my design at the correct size.

I created the design in my Designer Edition software.  I'm using the American Typewriter font.

I created the design in my Designer Edition software. I’m using the American Typewriter font.

Once the design is cut, you want to be sure to weed out the parts that you want to be etched.  This is a little backwards from when you make a vinyl decal, but remember you’re making a stencil to get your desired design.  In this case, I was wanting to etch letters, so it was pretty simple and to the point what parts I needed to remove.

I weeded out the parts that I wanted to etch.

I weeded out the parts that I wanted to etch.

After the design is weeded, apply transfer tape and burnish it so that it completely adheres to the design.  Slowly peel the backing off the design and apply it to the surface you are wanting to etch.  Burnish the design once more to make sure the design has adhered to the surface, and then slowly peel back the transfer tape.   Just before I apply the etching cream, I like to smooth my fingers over the edges of the design to ensure any air bubbles, especially around the edges have been removed in order to keep the etching cream from bleeding under the stencil.

Apply transfer tape.

Apply transfer tape.

Burnish the transfer tape on top of your design.

Burnish the transfer tape on top of your design.

Slowly peel your design off the backing.

Slowly peel your design off the backing.

Apply the design to your glass to be etched.  I added some lines to my bottle and design to help line it up and make sure it was straight!

Apply the design to your glass to be etched. I added some lines to my bottle and design to help line it up and make sure it was straight!

Because my bottle had a little curve to it, I just used my thumb to burnish!

Because my bottle had a little curve to it, I just used my thumb to burnish!

Peel back your transfer tape slowly to reveal your stencil.

Peel back your transfer tape slowly to reveal your stencil.

And just to be on the safe side, press around the edges of your design to make sure there aren't any bubbles that will allow bleeding.

And just to be on the safe side, press around the edges of your design to make sure there aren’t any bubbles that will allow bleeding.

You will want to make sure and shake your etching cream up really well before using it.  Also be sure to use gloves and safety glasses as the chemicals in the etching cream are really strong and can be irritating to your skin. Once it is all mixed up, open it up, and pour some out on design.  Use a flat object to spread it out on your design (as you can see, I use an old loyalty card that I had in my wallet that I don’t really use anymore).  Once you have spread the cream out, follow the instructions on your cream for the amount of time to leave it on the glass.

Shake up your etching cream well before using.

Shake up your etching cream well before using.

Pour out your etching cream on the design.

Pour out your etching cream on the design.

The etching cream has a thicker toothpaste like consistency.

The etching cream has a thicker toothpaste like consistency.

Spread the cream out over your design.  Be sure not to apply too much pressure so that you don't accidentally peel up a portion of your stencil.

Spread the cream out over your design. Be sure not to apply too much pressure so that you don’t accidentally peel up a portion of your stencil.

Once you have spread your etching cream, allow it to sit the amount of time specified on the bottle.

Once you have spread your etching cream, allow it to sit the amount of time specified on the bottle.

Once the required amount of time has passed, you can gently scrap any excess off your project and back in to your bottle of cream.  Just be sure not to scrape so hard that you peel up your stencil.  Once most of the excess is off, take your item and rise it under warm water in the sink.  Once all the etching cream has been removed, you can peel back your stencil to reveal your design.  Finish drying it off, and you should be good to go!!!

If using the Silhouette etching cream, you can reuse excess etching cream, so gently scrape it off the item and put it back in the bottle.

If using the Silhouette etching cream, you can reuse excess etching cream. After it has had time to work, gently scrape it off the item and put it back into the bottle.

Once most of the cream has been removed you can rise the rest off.

Once most of the cream has been removed you can rise the rest off.

Run the item under warm water to remove any remaining etching cream.

Run the item under warm water to remove any remaining etching cream.

Once you dry the item, you can remove the stencil to reveal your etched design.

Once you dry the item, you can remove the stencil to reveal your etched design.

The finished product without the stencil!!

The finished product without the stencil!!

I really love the way  this EVOO bottle turned out!  And it looks great in my kitchen!!!  When etching my Pyrex dishes,  I etched the bottom of the dish and reversed the stencil so that it would read properly when looking at the dish from above.

I really love how this turned out!!!  It's exactly what I was hoping for!

I really love how this turned out!!! It’s exactly what I was hoping for!

This has really become one my favorite projects to do.  I have etched several of my Pyrex dishes, a set of glasses for a good friend and sorority sister, and now my EVOO bottle!!

Do you have a Silhouette?  And do you have any favorite projects you complete with it?

I’d love to hear about them in the comments!!!

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7 thoughts on “Glass Etching with the Silhouette Cameo

  1. Wow! What a fantastic idea! I asked Santa for a silhouette 🙂 so cool to see different things that can be done with it. Thanks for the info!

  2. I don’t have a cutting machine, But I would love one! The one I want is really expensive. LOL
    I really enjoyed all your photos! I agree, the EVOO (like Rachael Ray) came out great! I did glass etching once. I used a letter stencil and created personalized bottles for friends and family. Then I filled them full of candy!

    BTW, I am came over via Share the Blog Love!

  3. This is such a fantastic idea! Besides labeling things to remember what’s in what container, it’d be so perfect for labeling dishes that you don’t want to lose if you’re bringing a dish or two to a potluck or party! I’ve had so many containers go missing, so I’d definitely be initialing everything!

    lovelovelove,
    Erica
    cominguprosestheblog.com

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