Did you know the Silhouette Cameo can be the launching pad for beautiful etched glass projects?
Oh yes it can.
And not only that, but your friends and family will marvel at your rare talent, declaring you a genius and lining up to be on your gift list.
Wanna hang out for a quick tutorial? Of course you do!
Here’s the list of cool stuff that makes this whole “genius” thing come to life:
- Silhouette machine
- Self adhesive vinyl
- Svg file (lots in the Silhouette store!)
- An old towel
- Etching cream (I use Armour Etch)
- Painters tape
- Transfer film
- A cheap paintbrush
Choose your svg file (hint: Silhouette store)
Decide what size you want for your etching
Cut design from the vinyl (as listed above)
Weed the design like this: you’ll want to remove the actual design and use what’s left. We will call that our stencil.
Put the design onto your glassware. Be sure to take care in placing it- the vinyl gets pretty serious at this step. It really wants to stick! Once it’s on the glass, press down everywhere. ESPECIALLY along the edges of the design. This is pretty important if you want crisp lines. I used my fingernail to trace along the “B” and the swirls, being sure to seal all the edges against the glass. Those far edges are not a big deal at this point. We’re gonna put the tape there in a minute!
So here’s the “tools” of our trade: Armour Etch, an old towel, cheap paintbrush and that painters tape.
Y’all hang on. It’s about to get real.
Tape the edges. Be sure to press them down very well so the etching doesn’t happen outside of the design. Shake up the bottle of etching cream. Dip that brush in and slather the stuff on. Yeah, I said “slather”. I’m pretty sure it’s a word.
Don’t do it. No. Nada.
Here’s what: not only can you (and in my opinion this is pretty much the way to get the best result) LEAVE the cream on for 12-20 minutes or even overnight (I haven’t tried that yet) but you should also come back every 2-4 minutes and put on another coat until you have maybe 4 applications on your design area.
I know, I’m a big ole rule breaker, but wait- you’ll see that whole “genius” part in just a minute!
So after about 12-20 minutes, LEAVING THE STENCIL ON, (didn’t mean to yell, but yeah- leave it on) rinse away the etching cream.
(This picture was taken right after we had rinsed it all off, then removed the stencil and was rinsing for the final time. My bad.)
By the way, I rinse the sink out right away just in case that etching cream gets crazy.
Did I mention GENIUS? Yeah. It’s kinda easy to look super smart, talented and ok, even uppity when you create stuff like THIS!
I’m excited to use this in our camper- yep, I’ll take it camping and put water (Wait. Wine.) in it. We call that “glamping”. I think it’s just genius.
Thanks for stopping by! Be blessed.