Create a choreographed collective of holiday cheer with this Christmas Kaleidoscope design! Repurpose an old favorite or upcycle a flea market find into a festive vessel for seasonal serving. We upcycled a cake plate here but this design would be spectacular on any platter, bowl or plate. Don't let the complicated look fool you, this is easy peasy to create!
#15-0200 Armour Etch Glass Etching Cream.
#21-1659 HOLIDAY BAUBBLES.
#21-1689 COOKIES FOR SANTA.
#21-1655 CHRISTMAS 2.
#08- 9606 Brushes.
#08- 9999 Gloves.
#08- 9415 Masking tape.
Soft paper towels.
#85-2109 HOBBY KNIFE.Ruler and water soluble marker or china pencil.
1. Wash the item to be etched in hot, soapy dishwater and dry with a soft paper towel then wipe down the piece with glass cleaner.
2. Turn the piece over so the back side is up. Using a ruler, draw a line down the middle of the piece with a water soluble marker or china pencil. Turn the piece so the centerline you just drew is now horizontal. Using a ruler, make another line down the center of the piece. You should now have 4 lines that divide the piece into 4 equal quarters. Repeat these steps to divide the quarters. This makes it easier to create your design in the location you want it on the project as most design elements are along straight lines.
3. Turn the piece over again so the lines are now on the back and it is face up. Over the center, where all the lines intersect, place the large poinsettia stencil. Avoid touching the sticky side of the stencil as oils from your hands can interfere with adhesion. Using a tweezer to hold stencil while deciding on placement location can help with this.
4. Around the poinsettia, alternate the holly stencil and the gingerbread in a circle placing each one on a line. Get as close to the poinsettia as possible. If stencils protrude into each other's design, you can trim with a scissor or etch them individually, one at a time. Etching one at a time is the preferred method over extensive cutting. At any time during the stencil application phase, if you don't have enough of a particular stencil or the piece is becoming too crowded, go to steps 7 through 12 and etch what you have and then continue to build the design.
5. Along the line above each gingerbread man, place a Christmas tree. On either side of the line above the tree place an angel or a reindeer. Along the line above the holly leaves, place a dove. On either side of the dove, place a small snowflake. On the line above the dove, place a jingle bell.
6. Keep looking at the image of the design to prevent confusion. Etch as you go to keep things simple and clear. Remember, the majority of the design is in straight lines.
7. Using a popsicle stick or other dull instrument, press the stencil down gently but firmly to prevent the cream from getting underneath during etching.
8. Cover all the glass around the stencils with masking tape, overlapping all edges. Rub and press the tape down securely. Check for exposed spaces by turning the project over and holding up to the light.
Cover enough area so that none of the rinse water will touch any of the other glass while rinsing as even the small amount of etching cream in the water will permanently haze the glass.
9. Put on the rubber gloves. Load the brush with Armour Glass Etching cream. PAT the etch cream onto the stencils (do not brush it on). Apply a thick enough layer of cream to the exposed design area that you can no longer see through it. (View the directions HERE)
10. Leave the cream on for 5 minutes
11. Completely rinse off the etch cream under gently flowing temped water. Remove the stencils and masking tape and rinse again. Pat the stencils dry and return to the carrier sheet.
12. Wipe design area with glass cleaner. You may need to redraw some lines on the back of the project again. Look at the design image and arrange any remaining design elements into their desired location. Remember, you can use parts of a stencil design by covering over the unwanted design features with masking tape or by trimming the stencil with scissors. If stencils protrude into each other's design, etch them individually, one at a time. Etching one at a time is the preferred method over extensive cutting.
13. Repeat steps 7 through 12 until all desired design elements have been etched onto the glass
Article Posted: 11/03/2019 05:02:02 PM