Blue Etch comes with a needle tip applicator so you can add fine lines, write, feather out edges, make icicles, freehand snowflakes, etc
In our sample picture, we stenciled the deer with Rub N Etch stencil #20-0114 and the word DAD on the plaque. Then we free etched trees, grass and rocks around the deer to make a woodland scene using Blue Etch.
1. Lay out a rough sketch of your design with a fine tip marker before you start etching, it will help you avoid mistakes. Blue Etch is permanent, so you cannot fix it once it has been etched. The marker is easily wiped away with glass cleaner when you are done.
2. Practice on scrap glass from your recycling bin and develop your style and techniques before going on to your good piece of glass.
3. Work small sections at a time and rinse immediately. Blue Etch spreads quickly and will cause fuzzy lines if you leave it on too long. You will notice this when you practice on your scrap glass, so learn how far you can go before you have to rinse.
4. Mask off any areas you do not plan on etching to avoid a mistake in case some Blue Etch drips while you are using it.
#15-0302 Blue Etch
Practice glass (recycled jar)
#08-9415 Masking tape
Optional: Artist paint brushes
1. If you plan on using a stenciled design on your project (such as a deer, etc) etch it first before you do your free etching. Follow the instructions that came with your stencil.
2. Keep a piece of scrap glass handy as well as a piece of paper towel in case there is a design you are not sure about it working or the needle tip is not flowing smoothly. Use the reamer that came with the Blue Etch to clear the needle tip, then squeeze a tiny portion onto the paper towel until it flows again.
3. Work small sections of the glass at a time. You must rinse off the cream within a couple of minutes or the results will be fuzzy. The longer you leave the cream on the more it will spread. Make sure your glass is completely dry before applying more etch.
4. Use masking tape to cover any areas you do not want the etch getting on, just as you would with a stencil, however, do not draw right up to the tape or you will have a sharp etched line in that spot, unless that is what you want.
5. When making trees or grass, I find working on the piece upside down makes for a more natural look. Start off with a wider line and then lighten it as you go until it trails off into a point.
6. Experiment using artists brushes for some of your techniques. Freehand glass etching is very similar to painting, so you may discover some of the design elements can be achieved with brushes. Test it out on your scrap glass first.
1. Trees, bushes, grass, clouds, mountains
2. Background birds on a branch or flying in the distance
3. Bubbles, waves, water ripples, coral, seaweed, rocks, flowers
4. Eyes, hair, fur, feathers, facial features, expressions
5. Wavy lines, dots, stripes, geometric shapes
6. Words, phrases, numbers, symbols, music notes, starbursts
7. Screen etching with a pre-made silk screen (this takes lots of practice but can be very rewarding
Article Posted: 05/11/2018 12:23:24 PM