Passover starts this Wednesday, and there are so many special objects associated with the meal, that I finally had the perfect opportunity to try glass etching. I've been looking for an excuse to try it since I spotted it in the new crafts encyclopedia. It looks so easy! Could it really be that easy? Could I really sacrifice all of my glassware to my crafty curiosities?
Traditionally on Passover, we leave a cup of water and a cup of wine out for Miriam (a figure in the Passover story) and Elijah (a prophet). My family has never had a cup dedicated to Elijah or Miriam, so this year I made them their own monogrammed wine glasses.
So I did it, and it was easy, sort of. Here are some lessons I learned:
1. Apply the contact paper to the glass before cutting out the stencil. It's MUCH easier.
2. Avoid super fine details and careful with curves. They easily look sloppy.
3. Practice makes perfect. I only ruined two glasses before I made these two, but I saw tremendous improvement with each trial.
4. The warning label on etching cream is pretty horrifying. Overall, the process is easy, but I don't think I'll host a glass etching party any time soon.