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.