Etching Glazed Coffee Cups

We all love the look of etched glass, but what else can you etch? I thought I would give a try to something a little different. I wasn’t sure if it would work. But how about glazed coffee cups? I knew the color would need to be dark for the etching to have the contrast it needs to be visible. So I picked up a set of four Pfaltzgraff cups that have a wonderful feel to them on the glaze- nice and smooth.

We have some friends who make the best pizza EVA! It is a Friday night tradition most weeks at their house. You’ll even find that they have their own facebook fan page for Uncle Doug’s Pizza. I have to admit I can be a little jealous when my kids get to go over for pizza night and I’m left out.=/

Since we are moving I wanted to make a special gift for these wonderful friends with whom we have shared so much over these past years. This is a gift for my friend. I figured it was time to have their own signature set of cups. So I made a set of four mugs. The mugs are made by Pfaltzgraff and have a great glaze on them. I masked off the pattern with some vinyl I cut in MTC with my Zing.

I made a design on the other side too.

I etched these with my air eraser and was really happy with how the finish looks on the glaze. What makes this project a little different is most people just etch clear glass. The frosted look also looks really great on dark colored glaze for contrast.

My friend is really into coffee, so I hope this set of four Uncle Doug’s Pizzeria coffee cups will be a reminder of how dear she is to my heart. <3 I just love the contrast of the etching on the dark glaze.

Thanks for stopping by to see my project~ happy crafting,

Trish (ImaCutter)

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Side note:
Some of you may be very familiar with an air eraser, but for those of you who aren’t, I will explain a little further. I have had mine now for over a year and love it. They are fairly inexpensive if you already own an air compressor. Your hubby might already have one— I happen to have my own.=D

The air eraser looks like a pen air brushing tool with a little hopper on top. You fill that compartment with Aluminum Oxide which runs about $10 a jar. I am still on my first jar and have dozens of projects. The air eraser tool itself only costs around $20 so the more costly part of the operation is the air compressor.

The etching process is really easy and safe. It is best to use a blasting cabinet to contain the powder. I did four cups in probably 10 – 15 minutes. You will have to refill the hopper a few times. It is super important to wear protect eyewear. I usually wear gloves. I made my own blasting cabinet from a clear plastic tote. It is also nice to store the other stuff I use with it in one place. There have been lots of discussions on the Make-the-Cut forum about air erasers. It is a good place to search for info if you are wanting to try this out for the first time. So keep in mind, your etching is not limited to just glass.

Its an Operation Write Home Party!

I recently organized a team-building event for work.  After much internal debate I decided on a ‘giving’ theme to benefit both the team and a charity.  Operation Write Home was a perfect fit.  Not only could the men on the team not deny this theme, but it gave me the chance to play with my KNK for hours and hours these last few weeks – for my day job.  I cut and prepared all the card components for the event ahead of time to give numerous options but also to simplify the task for those who feel they aren’t ‘creative’.  We held the event at a local winery that serves lunch.  And I think every person found their own store of creativity!

In preparation for the event, I wanted to give each person a special Christmas present.  Using contact paper and a scrollwork design cut on my KNK Maxx, I glass-etched candy jars with each person’s last name.  Then I added a little Rub-n-Buff in silver for a brightening effect.  I also made the tags using a tag file that came with my KNK software, a reindeer horns file I created, and a ‘branch’ file created from a jpg imported into MTC.   


Now, to explain the ‘team-building’ part of the event.  There were 3 people on each team, and each had a specific role – “product manager”, “engineer” or “customer”.  The product manager had to gather the customer requirements – i.e. the card components – and was not allowed to speak.  The engineer had to provide instruction for the customer to build each card but could not touch any of the components.  The customer had to assemble the cards using all the pieces gathered by the product manager with verbal instructions from the engineer.  Look at what these 3 men and 6 women created:

 25 cards in just one hour – and only one experienced crafter on each team!  I think they did a fabulous job.  Now, I have to run to the post office and get these sent off….