Sometimes Silhouette: Etched Pirate Glasses
This week in Sometimes Silhouette, I am sharing my Etched Pirate Glasses. As usual, I have included the free cut files.
My inspiration came from some glasses I saw for sale on Zulilly. But, being the
cheap crafty person that I am, I decided I could do it on my own and for cheaper. So I decided to put my bottle of etching cream I received for Christmas to the test.
I started by sketching out my ideas on a piece of notebook paper. This was just a guideline to go by, it wasn’t intended to be perfect. As you can plainly see, there are no extra points for neatness.
After my rough sketch was completed I scanned it into my computer and placed it into an Illustrator document. From there I drew it and also created the piratey sayings for the back of the glasses. I didn’t end up using the sword or pirate flag on the glasses, but they are included in the cut file. Also you will see some items are repeated on the cut file when you open it. I did this because sometimes when weeding the vinyl on smaller pieces it can tear and I don’t like to have to go cut a second time for one letter. I also cut squares around each shape because it makes weeding easier.
After I completed the illustration, I saved it as an SVG file and imported it into my Silhouette software. I set my cut settings to vinyl, loaded a sheet of 12″x 12″ vinyl and let it do its thing.
Then comes the
tedious fun part… weeding the vinyl. Since the vinyl is acting as a stencil, you want to do it the opposite way that you would normally weed vinyl. Get rid of the letters and shapes, just leave the outline. This is what it should look like when you are done weeding.
Next take your glass and make sure it is clean and dry. My glasses are actually candle holders from the Dollar Tree. I liked the shape better than any of the glasses they had for sale there so I decided to go for it. It will be our secret, okay? I attached the vinyl stencil to one side. Make sure to press down on the vinyl. It’s important to have a solid seal on the edges. If the etching cream gets under it will ruin it!
Next I applied the stencil to the other side of the glass. I eyeballed it and managed to get it straight…ish.
Before I go any further, I want to disclose that this post contains affiliate links. I used a brand of etching cream called Armour Etch. I actually had the glass etching cream from the Silhouette Store on my Christmas list, but they sold out so my mother found this and purchased it instead. If you can get over the ugly packaging design (or maybe that is just my hang up), this stuff does work. It is available for sale here at Amazon. I would imagine all brands are pretty similar though. So go with what you have!
I followed the instructions on the bottle, and applied it liberally. Make sure to wear gloves or at least be super careful. It’s acid and it will burn. And even super awesome pirate glasses are not worth that.
Then sit back, relax, and wait. In my case I left it longer than the instructions said. Just because I didn’t have any more candle holders – umm… glasses – and I didn’t want to start over. After a while the suspense was killing me so I rinsed it off, and cleaned it with soap and water. Then comes the fun part. I peeled off the vinyl and admired my pirate glasses.
I have to say, this whole glass etching thing is pretty exciting for me. I can see so many ways to use this. So expect some future glass etching projects on Sometimes Silhouette!
What do you think? Have you ever used your Silhouette to etch glasses? I’d love to hear your thoughts and see your etching projects.
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