For those of you who missed last week, I'm joining in with over 1500 other bloggers to write blog posts from A to Z in the month of April. It's a big ol' blogging party. I've already been lucky enough to meet some new bloggers to follow and I'm learning some new things along the way -- always a plus!
This year's theme is once again crafts for me, so I've been sharing some new projects with everyone. I have some really fun ones in store this year. Here's what I've done for A to Z so far...
Today's letter is E. Not only do I get to share a new project, I get to share a new technique! Today's project is the set of etched casserole dishes I made for my mother.
I started out by purchasing some glass etchant from my local Hobby Lobby. It's a bit expensive, but a little bit goes a long way. We created quite a few gifts using this stuff already, but I still have more than half a jar. It's well worth the price for what you can do.
Serious safety tip: See that DANGER! warning on the front of the bottle? Pay attention to it. This stuff is crazy caustic. It cuts glass people...what do you think it can do to your eyes and skin? Wear gloves and eye protection and be careful with it. This is definitely not a safe product for kiddos. Period.
Okay...PSA over...back to the project at hand...
Not the finest picture, but here's the deal... I cut out the lettering for my parents' last name in adhesive vinyl using my Pazzle. I then put transfer tape over the top of the vinyl and removed the backing to expose the adhesive surface.
Next step was to adhere the vinyl to the Pyrex casserole dishes, weeding out the letters to leave negative space, and then smoothing out the bubbles around the letters to make sure the surface was isolated. Don't be shy, push good and hard here or the etch will seep under the edges and make your lines all wobbly and junk.
Use a brush to lather on a good layer of the etch (we used disposable foam brushes since they're cheap and pretty much goners after a few of these go rounds). Don't use your good paint brushes here or you'll be sorry. Try and keep your etch layer somewhat even in order to keep an even strength of etching across your project.
Leave the etch on the glass for at least 20 minutes. We went for a full 30 minutes since this was Pyrex, which can be a little more difficult to achieve good results with. Once time is up, give it a good solid rinsing with water, making sure to wear gloves and keep it away from your hands and other items. We cleared the sink out to prevent inadvertent etching of any other glassware or silverware.
And that's it! Now no one will steal your casserole dishes or pie plates from a potluck...unless it's a relative. Then...well...then you're on your own.
I'm so glad you are joining me for A to Z! It's one of my favorite bloggy times of the year. Stay tuned for more fun daily craft projects as we move through the alphabet.
(I'll tell you a little secret here... letters P, S, and V are my personal favorites this year. I'm excited for them to get here. Make sure you don't miss out on those ones for sure!)
Are you participating in A to Z as well? Make sure to leave me a comment including a link to your blog. I'd love to come visit and see what you're up to!
See you all tomorrow for letter F...