Be a Stupendous Seaside Santa this Season with these Charming Coastal Christmas Creations! Put some Jolly in the Holidays for your favorite marine mammal lover with this design. Whether it's on an ornament, like we made here, or a hurricane votive, this design is sure to make a splash! No family squid lover 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.
#60-7034 THIN BEVEL OVAL ORNAMENT.
#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. On the back of the glass, place the Christmas tree stencil as close to the bottom edge of the glass 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. Trace the design onto the glass with a water soluble marker or china pencil. This will give a basic idea of the space requirement for the tree later. Turn the glass over so it is now right side up.
4. Apply all the lettering, as close to the bevel edge as possible and being mindful of the space requirements for the other design elements. Start at the middle of the phrase at the top of the glass adding letters alternately on each side. This will help to keep your words even on both sides. Overlapping the edges where the letter stencils meet.
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.
5. Place the squid onto the glass over the tree. You want to find a location where the tentacles fit nicely into the bottom half of the tree. The rest of the tree will be filled in around the squid later when you etch the tree. For now, focus on the bottom of the tree squid combo.
6. Using a popsicle stick or other dull instrument, press the stencil down gently but firmly to prevent the cream from getting underneath during etching.
7. 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.
8. 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)
9. Leave the cream on for 5 minutes
10. 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.
11. Wipe design area with glass cleaner. You may want to redraw centerline on the back of the project again. Place the tree stencil over the squid so the bottom of the tree is positioned where you want it around the squid. Cover the squid and the other parts of the tree with tape and white school glue to prevent them from getting etched.
12. Repeat steps 6 through 10 to etch the bottom of the tree around the squid.
13. Repeat the process in step 11 to add the desired amount of tree top over the squid followed by the side tree pieces. Remember to cover the etched squid and all other etched elements with tape and glue to prevent them from being exposed to the etching cream during the process.
Article Posted: 11/03/2019 04:43:04 PM