Friday, June 22, 2012

DIY: Etched Glasses

I recently obtained one of these things:

This thing makes things like this:
and this:

Basically, it precisely cuts paper, vinyl, cardboard, posterboard, and pretty much whatever you put in it and is flat. So I was perusing Pinterest and found a DIY on etching glass with this stuff:

So I made these things:

If you have a Cricut, this is really easy... here is what you need:
Armour Etch (bought mine at Michael's with a 50% off coupon for $16.00)
Vinyl (I use contact paper and you can buy it at Lowe's for $2.98)
Popsicle Sticks
Box Cutter
5" Wide Blue Painters Tape

1. Program your Cricut to cut the vinyl to the size you prefer. I think I did about a 2" tall letter for these glasses.
2. Cut the vinyl.
3. Use your box cutter to cut the letters away from each other. I had 4 pieces of white vinyl with an "H" on each of them.
4. Peel the letter away from the backing paper. You should be left with a white square and the outline of the "H".
5. Cut 4 pieces of painters tape to fit each piece of vinyl. Apply the tape to the front of the vinyl. Set aside.
6. Clean your glasses with rubbing alcohol and wipe clean with a soft cloth.
7. To apply the vinyl, precisely place it on the glass so it is center and straight. Press firmly in the middle of the letter and then swipe your finger left then right, up then down. Press firmly down on the entire sticker now.
8. Peel away the blue painters tape. Be careful not to pull up the vinyl that you applied to the glass.
9. Firmly press out any bubbles or folds in the vinyl. THIS IS IMPORTANT. If there are any folds, it gives a space for the Armour Etch to seep in to. This will give you an undesired effect.
10. Place tape around the border of the vinyl. Do this so that if you accidentally get any of the etching cream outside of the vinyl, it won't etch the glass.
11. Apply the Armour Etch with a popsicle stick. Apply enough so that you can no longer see the letter through the cream.
12. Leave the cream on for 10 minutes.
13. Wash away with cool water.
14. Peel away vinyl and voila! There is your beautiful personalized glass!

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