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Make It : Glass Etching

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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.

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I wanted the monograms to feel like Spring. Spring is a big part of Passover.

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.

Here's an etching Good Thing, and here's another cute tutorial on glass etching. I think theirs is so successful since their shape is big and there isn't any detail.

Comments (4)

  • Wow. What a great way to make Passover special. Thank you for the idea. I've still got time to do this.

  • I have recently gotten into etching, I can't believe how quick and easy it is, but it does take some practice to get it perfect. I have started using Martha's scrapbook punchers to make the etching pattern- I just punch them out of contact paper, cut a square around the punch and use it as a stencil. I have samples on my blog if you want a looksy. Thanks for doing etching...keep it up!!

  • I can see this being a great idea for many holidays like Halloween, Christmas, Hanukkah,etc. The amount of money one can save doing this. Imagine pumpkins, Xmas trees and menorahs on plain glass votives you buy at the dollar store. The ideas are endless. Thank you for such a great craft idea.

  • Its a great idea for gifts and such too. I use this to create it for birthdays, anniversarys, weddings, and exc. Absoultely love it, but the sandblasting way is the best.

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