My Glass etching kit hasn't arrived yet so I'm going to be showing you a glass etching project I did a few years ago. I upcycled some old food jars and made some cute little ghost luminaries.
Back then I didn't have a Silhouette or any kind of digital cutting machine and I had to make my stencil by hand. It works, but hand cutting that stuff is kind of a pain. With the Silhouette, you can get very accurate and intricate details cut perfectly.
I'm going to walk you through the steps of how to make some of these luminaries for yourself.
- Make sure your jars are clean and dry.
- Pick a design for your jar. A Typical English Home has a great post on Halloween dingbat fonts. For this project I like the dingbat font Punkinhead. You could also browse the Silhouette store for Halloween designs, I'm sure they have a ton.
- Cut your design out of the stencil vinyl, which comes included in the Glass etching starter kit.
- Using transfer tape, transfer the face onto your glass jar. Make sure you rub the vinyl on there very well. You don't want the etching cream to seep under the vinyl. Note: My design has the face being clear glass and the rest of the jar being etched. Typically, you only etch a small design and leave the rest clear. It's really up to you and your preference.
- Follow the instructions on the etching cream to apply to the jar. I believe the Silhouette etching cream only needs to sit on the glass for about 30-60 seconds.
- After the appropriate time has lapsed, scrape as much of the etching cream as you can back into the bottle. It's reusable! Rinse off the remaining etching cream and remove the vinyl.
- Spray paint the jar lids with silver spray paint. Place a battery operated tea light in the jar. You are all done!
- If you want see more step by step photos you can view the old post here: Mason Jar Ghosts
Glass etching is a really versatile medium. It's fun to personalize all kinds of items. I personally want to try etching one of my glass 9x13 baking pans. That would make a really neat wedding gift for someone.
The Silhouette Glass etching starter kit comes with 10 exclusive designs plus an idea book. That would be a great place to look for some inspiration. The Silhouette blog also has some great projects that you can check out.
Now on to the sale! From now until October 4th you can purchase a glass etching starter kit for only $29.99. Or if you are ready to make the leap and buy a Silhouette, you can get great price on a Cameo or Portrait bundle. To get the deal, you just need to go to the glass etching promo page and enter code CUTEFOX to get your discount.
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