Check Out My Etchings

A few years ago my friend made me an etched glass coaster that was personalized with my initial.  It is a square heavy glass candle base that has a recessed circular area for the candle – or in my case for the glass.  I use it every day and it is a treasured reminder of my friend and our friendship.  When I was thinking about what to give to my co-workers for Christmas gifts, I decided to make similar etched coasters for them.  This is a picture of my etched coaster.

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Materials Used:

Oracal 631 Vinyl

Standard Material Red Cap Blade

Armour Etch glass etching cream

Painters Tape

plastic trash bags

Heavy square glass candle bases from Michael’s

Settings:

Machine used:  KNK Force, Blade: Standard Material Red Cap, Blade Tension: 1, Passes: 1, Cutting Depth: 18, Cutting Speed: 15

Instructions/Comments:

My friend was generous enough to share her cutting files with me so I was able to use them and didn’t have to start from scratch to come up with a design for the border and the little flower beside the initial.

Because I needed to make 12 of these coasters, I previewed several script fonts to find one that I liked all of the letters I was going to use.  In the end I picked one that I liked most of the letters and then ‘adjusted’ the other letters to my liking.

I wanted the vinyl mask I cut to fit the shape of the coaster as closely as possible so I measured and drew and tweaked an outline around the border design until it was as close as I could get it.  To test the fit of the mask, I used the test pen to draw my various versions on paper and could place the coaster on top of the drawing to check the fit.

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The vinyl masks for the center initial and the small flower were cut separately and then put on the coaster.  After all of the pieces were in place, the remaining glass was covered with painters tape and pieces of plastic trash bags so the glass was completely covered top and bottom.

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The etching cream was applied with a small plastic spatula to two or three of the coasters at a time and allowed to sit for about 30 minutes before being scraped off.

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The coasters were then washed under running water and the mask and tape and plastic removed under the running water.  Here are the completed coasters.  Yes, we have a few other people whose names begin with “J” besides me. Optimized-Finished When I weeded the masks for the initials, I saved the vinyl initials and used them to make tags for the coasters.  I sewed gift bags out of Christmas fabric, wrapped the coasters in bubble wrap, placed them in the bags, and pinned the tags onto the bags.

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The coasters were a hit plus it was a good ‘advertisement’ since the store where I work is now selling the Zing – soon the Zing Orbit – and we will be teaching people how to cut fabric for appliques with them as well as all the other fun things we can cut and make.

Halloween Mason Jar Vase

I started a small group of cutting enthusiasts and we meet monthly to share ideas and craft together. This month we did a challenge involving mason jars. Not surprising that we all did one with a Halloween theme!

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Materials

Smoky Quartz Gemstone Vinyl

KNK Zing/Zing Air/Maxx Air Standard Material Detail Blade

Clear Transfer Tape

Craft Vinyl for etching mask

Glass Etching Cream – I used Armour Etch.

Mason Jar, Halloween Flowers and Ribbons

Design Work

  • I found a spider web design I liked (Spider Web Lace, Samatha Walker)  and changed the dimensions to fit the circumference and height of the mason jar in Make the Cut!
  • Searched for a spider in the MTC Gallery, I always look here first for new designs! (Spider: MTC Gallery, Halloween Spiders #2900, User ID 8719).  I erased the web string from the spider so I had only the spider.
  • I then duplicated the spider so I had several to place around the jar.
  • I wanted a skull for the front of my vase and I had a perfect design, in my embroidery files. Since it was not an SVG, I used a clipping tool, SnagIt! To create a PNG file of the skull.  Make the Cut! Pixel Trace worked well to create the SVG file for cutting. I would caution that it only worked because the photo of the original stitch-out of the design was all in black and it was well defined. Individual threads were not apparent in the photo.
  • I cut the skull and spiders out of the Smoky Quartz Gemstone Vinyl and the spider web lace from craft vinyl.

MTC Mason Jar

Maxx Air Settings

Blade = Red Blade, Blade height = 25

Force = 45

Velocity = 300

# Passes = Disabled

Blade Offset = .35

 Crafting the Vase

  • When weeding the web etching mask, I weeded out the actual web and left the negative space to apply to my jar as I wanted the web to be etched into the glass.
  • Applied the etching cream over the entire jar except for the lid threads.

Vinyl mask applied on Applied the "negative space' of the vinyl web on to the mason jar. Etching cream spread on jar to create the web.

  • After removing the vinyl etching mask and washing and drying the jar, I applied the spiders and skull to the jar.

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  • Added some black Halloween flowers and ribbons and I now have a new Halloween floral arrangement!

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Etched Chip & Dip Bowls with Sports Theme

Bowls etched with sports figures are sure to be a hit with the sports fans in your family or a conversation piece at your next party.

The larger of these two bowls is etched with figures representing golf, hockey, football, baseball, basketball, and tennis.  Since the shapes vary in size and orientation, placement and order can make a difference in your finished project.  The attached PDF explains how to compensate for these differences and achieve perfect placement that is visually appealing. All the stencils for etching were cut on my 15″ Klic-n-Kut Max.

The smaller bowl is etched with the equipment used by the players:  golf ball, hockey puck, football, baseball, basketball, and tennis ball.

For the best results, I strongly suggest using cylinder-shaped bowls like these.  A Google search for “Artland Simplicity Cylinder Salad Bowl” will help you locate them in your area.  The smaller bowl is an “Artland Simplicity Cylinder Nappy Bowl.”

Lots of glass etching information and step-by-step how-to’s are included in the following PDF’s.  Enjoy!

Bowl Layout

Etching Steps

Etched Chip & Dip Bowls with Sports Theme

Bowls etched with sports figures are sure to be a hit with the sports fans in your family or a conversation piece at your next party.

The larger of these two bowls is etched with figures representing golf, hockey, football, baseball, basketball, and tennis.  Since the shapes vary in size and orientation, placement and order can make a difference in your finished project.  The attached PDF explains how to compensate for these differences and achieve perfect placement that is visually appealing. All the stencils for etching were cut on my 15″ Klic-n-Kut Max.

The smaller bowl is etched with the equipment used by the players:  golf ball, hockey puck, football, baseball, basketball, and tennis ball.

For the best results, I strongly suggest using cylinder-shaped bowls like these.  A Google search for “Artland Simplicity Cylinder Salad Bowl” will help you locate them in your area.  The smaller bowl is an “Artland Simplicity Cylinder Nappy Bowl.”

Lots of glass etching information and step-by-step how-to’s are included in the following PDF’s.  Enjoy!

Bowl Layout

Etching Steps

Etched Glass Patio Doors

The design for etching my doors was created on my 15″ Klic-N-Kut Maxx.  It is broken into four sections so the stencils could be cut from 12″ wide vinyl and applied individually.  The design is taller than can be cut on the mat that comes with the Maxx, but was nicely cut on a larger mat (16″ wide x 28″ long) which is available from Accugraphics for cutting larger projects on the Maxx.  Since there are 4 sections to the design, it also allows for the order of the flower sections to be changed.  My doors are each 33″ wide.  I used all 4 sections on the left door and spaced them slightly on the right door, only using 3.  There is lots of flexibility.  The four sections have 2 butterflies included with the flowers.  The additional butterflies were added after the flower/grass etching was completed.

Glass Etch Film from Accugraphics was used to cut the stencils.  Etchall cream was used for the actual etching.  I highly recommend Etchall because it is creamy and can be scraped off when the etching time is up and used again on your next project.  This feature of Etchall greatly reduces the cost of the product used for etching.

Now, I know that not everyone reading this post is going to want to etch their patio doors and possibly don’t have patio doors, so I used the same design to create this greeting card.  The card base and the flowers are cut from white cardstock.  The mat behind the flowers is 105# spruce green Corduroy Cardstock.

Cutting files used in these projects are available for downloading below:

Patio Door Etching Design in KNK Format

Patio Door Etching Design in PDF Format

Butterfly Designs in KNK Format

Butterfly Designs in PDF Format

Greeting Card Design in KNK Format

Greeting Card Design in PDF Format