Be a Stupendous Seaside Santa this Season with these Charming Coastal Christmas Creations! Put some Jolly in the Holidays for your favorite crustacean enthusiast with this design. Whether it's on a stylish coffee mug, like we made here, or a lunch plate this design is sure to make a splash! No family crab lovers on Santa's Nice List? No problem! There are plenty more designs in the SEA ... son Collection. Ogle all our Ocean Oriented Originals and fish out your favorite!
#15-0200 Armour Etch Glass Etching Cream.
#21-1685 SEA CREATURES.
#21-1601 SMALL BLOCK LETTERS.
#60-3570 COFFEE MUG.
#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 design area with glass cleaner.
2. You may want to mark the centerline of your item before you begin. With a ruler and a water soluble marker or china pencil (not a sharpie) draw the centerline on the back side of the item. This makes it easier to create your design in the location you want it on the project.
3. This design will be done in stages. Place the Christmas tree on the glass as close to the bottom of the design space as possible. 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. Using a popsicle stick or other dull instrument, press the stencil down gently but firmly to prevent the cream from getting underneath during etching.
5. Cover all the glass around the stencil with masking tape, overlapping all edges. Cover the all the parts of the tree stencil above the two bottom rows of branches. The rest will be added later. 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.
6. 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)
7. Leave the cream on for 5 minutes
8. 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.
9. Wipe design area with glass cleaner. You may want to redraw centerline on the back of the project again. Place the crab stencil onto the tree base. You may want to start the crab design above the bottom crab limbs like we did here so it fits closer to the bottom of the tree.
10. Repeat steps 4 through 8 to etch the crab ono the glass. Remember to cover all etched designs already on the glass with masking tape. You can use white school glue with the making tape to increase adhesion of the tape.
11. Wipe the design area with glass cleaner. Center the top of the Christmas tree over the top of the crab and place the tree onto the glass.
12. Apply the lettering around the top of the design. Begin at the top center on either side of the tree. Place letters on the glass by alternating left and right to keep the lettering even on both sides. Overlap the edges where the letter stencils meet. If stencils protrude into each othe's design, etch them individually, one at a time. Etching one at a time is the preferred method over extensive cutting.
13. Repeat steps 5 through 9 until all desired design elements have been etched onto the glass. Remember to securely cover all exposed areas and previously etched design elements with making tape before etching.
Article Posted: 11/03/2019 04:40:24 PM