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MY NEW ADDICTION!!!!

Last year for Christmas I ordered glasses for my mother and boyfriend.  They turned out to be great!  I had them personalized with etching.  For both it cost about $60.  Which to me was a pretty good deal.  Then this year I was introduced to Pintrest.  A couple of weeks ago I saw a pin of a woman who etched her own glass casserole dish with her last name.  (Her idea was so that she would actually get it back which is a great idea.)  I was going to order some more of personalized from the same website as last year.  Now with Pintrest I'm trying more of DIY things that are actually plausible.  So this weekend I went to Hobby Lobby and picked up some etching cream and their special stencils.  So I bought some glasses at Pier 1 to try it out.
 
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Step 1: Stencil vs. Stencil/Sticker

Picture of Stencil vs. Stencil/Sticker
I started out with the stencils that Hobby Lobby provided with a glass of my own to try first.  I didn't like it.  They said that they were reusable.  However when I took that glass to the sink to rinse off the etching cream, the stencil basically disintegrated.  So I went through my scrap booking drawer and found these stickers.

Now if you decided to use stickers instead of stencils.  You must first remove the sticker, and it becomes a stencil itself.  Make sure that the sticker is taken cleanly off the stencil background otherwise it will leave tiny marks in the etching.  I like this idea better because there are so many different texts and sizes when it comes to stickers as suppose to stencils.  They are cheaper and if you place the not used sticker on wax or parchment paper you may use the sticker at a later time.  So two for the price of one.  I love it!!!
Kiteman2 years ago
It would be cool if you could rotate the images on your PC, then re-upload them, because tipping my head to look at the screen gives me a stiff neck.