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Etching: Patio Wine Glasses

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Posted on May 18, 2021 by Wendy Boulay
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One of my favorite things to do in summer is to hang out on the deck with my closest friends and share a glass of wine. Not only does this set create an element of personalization, but they also add to the fun! 

Supplies Needed

Create Your Etched Wine Glasses

Prepare Your Workspace

It is especially important to note that you should fully prepare your workspace when working with etching cream due to it being extremely corrosive. Make sure that you have protective gloves and goggles before getting started on this project; you can even use just a pair of latex gloves and soaping goggles.

When you have everything set up and ready to go, head on over to Creative Fabrica and download the “Hakuna Moscato”, “Chardonn-heyyyy”, “Slay All Day then Cabernet”, “I’ll Be There in a Prosecco” SVG’s, then extract them on your desktop.

While these files are not sold in a bundle, the ease of use and their fun nature makes them so worth it! You don’t have to worry too much about the Cricut struggling with cutting tiny details – the simplicity of the designs only requires size adjustments and then you’re ready to cut. You really can’t get much easier than that!

Cricut Design Space

After you have extracted the designs, open up Cricut Design Space, start a new project, and upload them. 

As I mentioned earlier, all that needs to be done with these files is to simply adjust their sizes, but first, you will need to measure your glasses. Grab your measuring tape and determine how wide and long your want your etching to be. If you are using four of the same size glasses, you only need to measure one; however, if you are using four different shapes/sizes, you’ll need to measure each one and size each stencil for that individual glass. I purchased my glasses from the dollar store and they are quite large, so I sized my stencils to be 3” wide.

Go ahead and resize your quotes, then insert a square shape. Unlock and adjust it so that you have about a half-inch border around the widest/longest part of one of the SVG’s. Because you will be making a stencil for etching cream, you will want this space to help protect the areas of the glass that you do not want any of the cream to touch.

If you haven’t already, move the square to sit behind one of your designs and then center the SVG. Duplicate the shape for the other three designs, repeat, and attach. 

At this point, all you have to do is click on that “Make It” button. Be sure you use either stencil or removable vinyl; permanent vinyl could leave a residue behind and it is more difficult to reposition on the glass. Change your material settings when prompted and go!

Weeding and Application

You will need to remember that you are using the negative of the cut while you are weeding. This might go against your impulse to weed as you normally would when working with decals,  but remember that you will be removing the letters and leaving their centers this time. Often, this can be tricky, so just take it slowly.

Once you have finished, place your transfer tape, clean your glasses with the alcohol wipe, and apply the stencil. 

Because of the curvature of the glass, you may need to separate the smaller fonts from the larger ones on each decal, depending on the size you made them. I always have a hard time getting my stencil to lay flat when applying these on round glasses, so I separated mine and just used a whack of masking tape to protect all of the borders.

  • 👉 Application Tip:  If you are using round glasses, place a roll of masking or packing tape on both sides of the glass – now you can lay the glass on its side for easier placement and application!

After you have applied the stencil, burnish and then carefully remove the transfer tape. You will want to again, smooth over the entire stencil. Making sure that your stencil is completely smooth and free of any air bubbles is the key to a perfect etch!

Etching

  • 🔔 Safety First! It is absolutely necessary to protect your hands, skin, and eyes for this project. Etching cream can easily burn your skin! Be sure to wear gloves, a long-sleeved shirt, and safety goggles.

Now that your stencil has been applied, grab some masking or painter’s tape and tape all along the edges of the stencil. This will help to further protect the glass from the etching cream and any accidental drips that may happen as you apply it.

This is the time when you need to get your safety gear and put on your gloves and goggles.

Position the glass on its side (see application tip if you are using round glasses) and using an old paintbrush, scoop up a dollop of the etching cream and place it on your stencil. You will want a fair amount of cream covering every part of your etch area, but try to apply it in a fairly even coat.

Now all you need to do is start your timer. The instructions on my Rustoleum Tub and Tile etching cream recommend leaving it on for 4-5 minutes, but I discovered this is just not enough time for a nice vibrant etch. The glasses that I am using are quite thick so instead, I chose to leave mine on for 25 minutes. This time could vary, of course,  depending on how thin/thick your glass is.

Rinse and Finish

After the timer rings, put your gloves back on and get ready to rinse it off! Etching cream is reusable, so before you rinse your glasses, simply scoop as much of the cream as you can back into the container with your paintbrush to save for another project.

Keeping your gloves on, now you can rinse the glass under a cool water running tap – using your fingers to wipe off the cream (don’t worry…you can’t “rub” the etching off) and remove the tape and stencil as you do.

The etch will be less noticeable while it is still wet, so don’t worry if you can’t clearly see it yet. When all of the cream, tape, and stencil is off, wash and dry the glass before you use it.

Voila! You now have a fantastic set of wine glasses to enjoy with some friends on your patio this summer! Hakuna Moscato! 🥂

Keep on Crafting! 💖


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