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Tip - Adding Color To Your Glass Etching

Tip - Adding Color To Your Glass Etching

We get asked all the time by customers how to go about coloring an etching. They do not know which product to use or how to use it. There is also some misguided information about coloring an etching. On this page we will address all those issues and give you the instructions on how to use each product successfully, what you need to know about each product and what not to do.

First and most importantly, adding color to the Etch Cream will NOT work. The Etch Cream will only frost the glass, and since it gets rinsed off under water, will not leave any colorant on the glass. You must frost the glass first, then color it

Second, any colorant or leafing you apply to glass, such as the products we will be discussing here, Rub N Buff and Pinata tints will wear off gracefully as commercial gold leafing does. The good news is, the etching is permanent and you can re-apply colorant if you wish to, when it no longer looks good or just remove it entirely with an alcohol based product.

Third, these products are not recommended for use on surfaces that will come in contact with unwrapped food. If you wish to tint on a food container, do your design work on the under or outside of the vessel. Rub N Buff and Pinata tints are for decorative purposes only and are not food safe

So what are the Pinata Tints and Rub N Buff and what can they do? How do you use them?

Pinata Tints are a multi-media, translucent pigment dye (tint) that will color, dye or stain both porous and non-porous surfaces including glass. They can be used with other artist materials such as paints, stains, stamping ink, in water as a dye or directly on a surface.

Rub N Buff is a metallic wax that is easily spreadable and can be used on textured or porous surfaces, such as frosted glass, wicker, wood and paper. Our example photo used both Pinata tints and Rub N Buff.

Material list:

#15-0200 Armour Glass Etching Cream or

#70-9001 Sand Etch kit

A glass etching stencil

#61-4500 Pinata tints

#61-4504 Pinata Cleanup Solution

#61-3328 White Rub N Buff (RNB)

Tools: (Have all of these on hand when coloring glass)

#08-9999 Disposable non-latex Gloves

#61-4162 Needle Tip Applicator bottles-fill 1 with water

Round paint brush

Cotton swabs

Paper Towels

Cosmetic sponges

Plastic coffee stirrer or toothpick

Small plastic mixing container or tin foil scrap (soy sauce trays, plastic ketchup cups, blister pack plastics, etc work well for this)

Plastic apron (you can fashion one from a plastic trash bag or disposable plastic party tablecloth)

Dish detergent

Important Notes:

Always wear non-absorbent non-latex or plastic gloves and a plastic apron to cover your clothing when working with the Etch Cream, Pinata Tints, Clean up solution or Rub N Buff. Cover all work surfaces and wear old clothing. These products can permanently etch or stain surfaces it comes in contact with, including tabletops, sinks, clothing and your hands. Use the Pinata clean-up solution (do not apply to skin-see below) to try to remove any unwanted spots, but some surfaces may not be entirely cleaned with the solution if they are very porous. If you do get some on your hands, immediately clean the area with pure dish detergent from the bottle. It will remove most of the tint from your skin. Rinse thoroughly with water.

Keep paper towels, cotton swabs and the applicator bottle filled with water handy to deal with clean ups and to moisten sponges

Experiment on glass from the recycling first, as some of the techniques take practice to get nice results

The following coloring instructions are to be done AFTER you have etched your glass (except where noted) with either Armour Glass Etching Cream or Sand Etch and a stencil design. To see how to etch a design, go to "Instruction Manuals and Demos" at: www.etchworld.com or View the directions and How To Videos HERE.

Watercolor effect with Pinata Tints:

Brush the Pinata colors on a etching with a craft brush and then immediately wipe back with a dampened paper towel for a soft watercolor effect

Stained glass effect with Pinata Tints:

Paint Pinata directly on the glass with a paint brush & let dry for a stained glass look. Different effects can be achieved with or without a transparent glass paint base. For a leaded glass look, outline your design first with a black or silver tube paint and allow to dry. Then fill in the area with the Pinata tint.

Basic Rub n Buff application:

1. Wrap a small piece of soft paper towel around your finger and squeeze a small dab of Rub N Buff on the tip of the towel. Smear the Rub n Buff over the etching. It will look messy, but that is ok. Keep your finger rubbing over the etching while the RNB is still wet and as it sets up, the RNB will start to clean up off the shiny parts of the glass and stick only to the etching.Once most of the excess RBN has been removed, take a clean piece of paper towel buff to a luster. Let dry for at least 15 minutes.

Coloring over a Rub N Buffed Etching: (Intense, vibrant, straight from the bottle type coloring)

First, apply white Rub N Buff to the etching. Let dry 15 minutes. Dampen a cosmetic sponge with water from the applicator bottle (squeeze out any excess intio a paper towel. Apply a couple of drops of Pinata Tint to the sponge and blend a little. Wipe the tint in one direction over the top of the white etching. Clean up the excess with a drop of clean up solution on a cotton swab or paper towel.

Tinting White Rub N Buff with Pinata Tints (soft, pastel coloring)

Squeeze a daub of white Rub N Buff into a mixing container. Add Pinata tint one drop at a time, mixing between drops until color desired is achieved (same as you would for cake frosting). Be careful of how much tint you add in relation to the RNB. Too much tint will make the Rub n Buff too watery to work well. Then apply according to the basic instructions. This method was used for our example photo.

Tinting large areas:

You can tint both frosted and unfrosted glass with Pinata tints. Dampen a cosmetic sponge with water and squeeze out the excess. Entire sponge should be damp. Add a few drops of tint on the sponge and work it in. Wipe over surface of the glass in large swipes to apply an even thin coat. Try not to go back over the same wet spot as the alcohol in the tint will erase the first layer. (practicing on scrap glass highly recommended). If you do not like the effect, clean up immediately with Clean-Up Solution.

Glass painting effect:

You can create detailed lines on your etchings, either on the plain etching or a Rub N Buffed one, using a liner brush. ie: Create veins on flower leaves, tip flower petals with wisps of color, create shading, etc Do not over color your etchings or they will no longer look etched.

Tips and Tricks

1. Try mixing 2 different Pinata colors together to achieve your own unique shades of color.

2. Practice your technique on some scrap glass from your recycling bin before trying it on your good glass.

3. Use the Clean-up solution to remove a coloring gone wrong or to spot clean in and around your design. Dampen a cotton swab with the solution and blot on a paper towel before touching up the area desired.

4. Remember less is more. Over coloring or filling in with too much solid color diminishes or even disguises an etching. The beauty of etched glass is to see the etching. Coloring over or filling in your design masks it and makes it look heavy as if it has been painted and not etched.

5. A topcoat is not needed over the Rub N Buff or Pinata Tints and it is not recommended. The chemicals in top coating products may breakdown or destroy your tinting (the etching underneath will remain, as that is permanent).

6. DO NOT wash your tinted etchings in the dishwasher or clean with them with any kind of commercial glass cleaners. Dishwasher jets and cleaning agents are too harsh and will strip off the colorant. Glass cleaners contain alcohol, which act as a solvent and will dissolve all of your hard work. Hand wash in mild warm water with a little dish detergent in the water.

Pinata Glass Tints and Rub N Buff can be ordered at www.Etchworld.com under "Craft Supplies" or click the links in the material list.

Article Posted: 05/11/2018 11:59:06 AM

Tip - Adding Color To Your Glass Etching
Tip - Adding Color To Your Glass Etching
Tip - Adding Color To Your Glass Etching

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