Monday, January 23, 2012

DIY Etching Casserole Dishes

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After seeing this post all over Pinterest, I decided I wanted to etch my casserole dishes. I started with one, mainly because of time constraints, but I love it, and plan on etching the rest of them. (Remember, this is not the first time that I have etched glass. I've etched drinking glasses for gifts, so I was excited to etch something for myself.) I started with my large casserole, but have plans to etch the smaller one, as well as etching some glass canisters to store my flour, sugar, coffee and other staples in this house!

Etching Cream
ConTact Paper
Cricut (to cut ConTact Paper- although can be done with a computer and printer)

First: I got my Cricut all set up, and cut out the letters on my ConTact paper at 1 1/4 inches. I used the Basic George cartridge for the letters. Then, I cut out some birds and borders from the Give a Hoot cartridge at 3/4".  (Note: this can be done by printing letters and shapes you want, then cutting them out on ConTact Paper.) REMEMBER: you want to keep the negative space, so you are etching the letters.

Second: Since I wanted the negative space, I just peeled off the back of the ConTact paper, and stuck it on the pyrex dish where I wanted it. (There is another way to do this if you are etching the negative space.)

Third: I firmly placed and pushed around and traced the letters with my fingernails to make sure there were no air bubbles.

Fourth: I rubbed a thick layer of etching cream over the stencil.

Fifth: Wait 10 minutes

Sixth: Wipe of etching cream with a warm rag.

Seventh: ENJOY!

Remember- the etching cream is removing the top layer of the glass, so be careful to not get the cream anywhere you do not want it. I also make sure I clean my brush in a clean/empty sink just to ensure that no accidental etching is done on my glasses or other dishes.

I really love that etching is so easy! I will say that it is not as rough to touch as professional etching, but this will ensure that I always get my dishes back and it's something anyone can do! I have big plans for upcoming shower and wedding gifts with this!

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