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!!
For this project you will need:
Glass Item to be Etched
Stencil Material or Adhesive Vinyl
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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!!!