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Old 06-14-2010, 07:11 PM   #71
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Wow, I think I know why we haven't seen a bunch of other etched glass pictures. Only do this if you want a DIY and not to save money. Your product won't be quite as good as you can buy at a bargain glassware site, and it will be very close to the same price. After reading about the issues with making the stencil, I bought a 4" X 5" one for $20. Then I bought the kit for $20 and it included the 30 second etching cream and the adhesive as well as some silver paint to highlight the etched glass. I ruined about 6-7 glasses getting the technique down and eventually ended up with glasses like this. My advice is to avoid thin lines, they blur and skip. Use the adhesive, it let's you know when the stencil has a slight bubble and keeps the stencil tight to the glass. Don't use the paint, it looks weird and doesn't apply evenly.

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Old 06-14-2010, 08:15 PM   #72
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One thing I'd like to bring to the table here, I custom engrave glassware for people and sell it at conventions and the like. I've tried the armour-etch and other etching creams and I'm not that happy with the long term results. When you acid-etch glasses the etched area tends to wear down after a year or so of use and washing. Some people don't notice it, or think that it's not a big deal after that much time, but I disagreed so I set out to find what else I could do. After some experimentation I've finally settled on using a Dremel tool with diamond tip and it turns out great. You can get really detailed work and it lasts a lot longer. It does, however, take more time. I usually spend 10-25 minutes on a single glass depending on the amount of detail. Basic images (like the Hyrule crest from Zelda) takes like 10 minutes at most, while really detailed images (like the Alliance symbol from WoW) take around 20-25. And yeah, I'm a bit of a geek.

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Old 06-14-2010, 10:25 PM   #73
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I'm anxious to try this. I've had the materials for a while, but just been really busy. I should get my first attempt in this week. I plan to etch some glasses and bottles, and I'm going to try to find some white paint for silkscreening bottles. Should be fun, and I'll post my results.

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Old 08-04-2010, 10:27 PM   #74
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One thing I'd like to bring to the table here, I custom engrave glassware for people and sell it at conventions and the like. I've tried the armour-etch and other etching creams and I'm not that happy with the long term results. When you acid-etch glasses the etched area tends to wear down after a year or so of use and washing. Some people don't notice it, or think that it's not a big deal after that much time, but I disagreed so I set out to find what else I could do. After some experimentation I've finally settled on using a Dremel tool with diamond tip and it turns out great. You can get really detailed work and it lasts a lot longer. It does, however, take more time. I usually spend 10-25 minutes on a single glass depending on the amount of detail. Basic images (like the Hyrule crest from Zelda) takes like 10 minutes at most, while really detailed images (like the Alliance symbol from WoW) take around 20-25. And yeah, I'm a bit of a geek.
Can i get some more information on this, I'd be interested to hear about it. Do you have any pictures or a more detailed account of how you do it?
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Old 11-13-2010, 06:42 PM   #75
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I'd be interested to hear more about the dremel approach?

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Old 12-17-2010, 08:12 PM   #76
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FYI, if you have a Staples near you, and don't want to buy a pack of 100 transparencies for $30, just take a copy of the image to their copy center, they will copy it onto a transparency for a little under $1 apiece.

Also, I used the ArmourEtch, and they recommended a 5 minute application; this was not long enough IMO. the image was light.

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Old 12-18-2010, 03:10 AM   #77
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I totally agree with this. I'm running close to an hour, but I think it quits being effective after about half hour.

I really wish I would have thought about just having Staples make the transparency for me. I guess it's time to buy another pack of the stencil materials.


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Old 12-18-2010, 07:11 AM   #78
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FYI, if you have a Staples near you, and don't want to buy a pack of 100 transparencies for $30, just take a copy of the image to their copy center, they will copy it onto a transparency for a little under $1 apiece.

Also, I used the ArmourEtch, and they recommended a 5 minute application; this was not long enough IMO. the image was light.
We finished xmas shopping pretty early this year, so etching glasses is my weekend project this weekend. Yesterday I was at Staples and they made me b+w transparencies for a buck a pop, like you said, but I didn't have to buy a pack of sheets first. I just gave him my thumb drive and he printed out b+w on paper until I liked the size, and then 3 small and 3 medium on transparencies. Paid him 6$+tax, it was great.
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Old 01-31-2012, 02:47 PM   #79
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Reviving an old one!

1. Has anyone tried etching the bottom of the glass with Armour Etch to create the nucleation site?

2. Also, is there a way to dye the etched portion of the glass? I was wondering if this could be done by mixing dye into the Armour Etch or actually applying the dye after the etching to the same stencil.

Also, has anyone figured out an optimum amount of time to leave the paste on the glass?

If anyone has done either of these, it would be great to hear about it. I'm about to start my glass etching this week. Thanks!

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Old 01-31-2012, 04:18 PM   #80
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Has anyone tried using the PNP Blue Transfer paper used to etch circuit boards?

I saw it being used on a mirror on this craft site.
http://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2009/how...photo-etching/

It looks like you can get pretty detailed. The tough part seems to be getting it onto a curved surface like a pint glass. I have some of the paper so I will try it out with some armour etch. I was just wondering if anyone had tried this yet.

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