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.
Armour Etch glass etching cream
plastic trash bags
Heavy square glass candle bases from Michael’s
Machine used: KNK Force, Blade: Standard Material Red Cap, Blade Tension: 1, Passes: 1, Cutting Depth: 18, Cutting Speed: 15
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.