Hi friends, I’m so excited to announce my March Cricut Challenge! I’m launching this challenge because I have such a hard time deciding what to create because there are so many possibilities. AND It’s a fun way to try working with new materials. I’m challenging YOU to create one item each week in March adhering to the weekly inspiration.
I’m going to post weekly blog posts and highlights on my Instagram stories to help guide you through the project and give you useful tips and tricks!
If you have any questions PLEASE reach out to me on Instagram or via the comments section at the bottom of this post.
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Week 1 is glass etching which seems daunting but its actually super easy!
- Wine glass, shadow box, beer glass, etc,
- Plastic Gloves
- Adhesive Vinyl
- Contact paper
- Armour Etch
- X-Acto knife
- Paint Brush
I’m going to be making a St. Patrick’s Day themed stemless wine glass using the following decal and apply the Armour Etch using two different methods to show how important application is.
Etched glass is awesome for drinkware because it’s really inexpensive and makes your project dishwasher and microwave safe!
Step 1: Gather Supplies & Pick Decal
I am using a stemless wine glass I picked up at my local Dollar Tree for…you guessed it a dollar.
This is the perfect project to use up a weird color, pattern, or scrap piece of removable or permanent vinyl. I linked a random Cricut removable vinyl in the supplies section above.
The important part is “oversizing” the decal to ensure that none of the Armour Etch bleeds into an area where it doesn’t belong. I really hate wasting vinyl so I tried to do my first wine glass with strips of vinyl and the etching cream bleed and made lines around my design,
Step 2: Cut & Reverse Weed
I used a Cricut Maker for this project. The type of vinyl you use will determine your machine settings. I used the “premium vinyl” setting and “more” pressure. I pretty much always set the pressure to “more” because I want to make sure my project cuts through the first time. In case you didn’t know, if it looks like your project hasn’t cut all the way through a #CricutHack is to click the “C” button again before you unload the mat. This will prompt the Cricut to recut the design.
For this project, you’re going to reverse weed which means you want to remove everything you want to be etched so that you have a stencil. For example, in the project above I removed the “O” but left the two center pieces behind.
Step 3: Apply Stencil & Armour Etch
I prefer to use Contact paper because it is so much easier to work with than Cricut transfer paper. Once your design is weeded go ahead and apply your transfer tape and scrap both the top and bottom to ensure it adhered well to the transfer tape.
Next, clean your glass with 91% isopropyl alcohol and allow it to dry. It can be hard to apply a decal/stencil to a curve surface. I usually start smoothing from the center and work my way out. Use your scraper to make the stencil has adhered to the glass.
Since the wine glass has curved edges you will likely need to use an X-Acto knife to cut your vinyl stencil and overlap it in areas where is will not lay flat.
Once it is applied slowly remove the transfer tape. Now you’re ready to put on your gloves and apply your etching cream. Etching cream should be applied using a paint brush in a thick, smooth layer. Any extra etching cream can be scooped back into the container.
I tested two methods for this project. A thin application (the picture below is before I added more) and a thicker application.
Step 4: Rinse & Remove Vinyl
After you’ve waited 3-5 minutes it’s time to remove the Armour Etch. You can put any excess back into the container to be used again. Then rinse your glass off in the sink, remove the vinyl, and clean with soap and water to reveal your final product!
Step 5: Celebrate
If you followed along with this tutorial its time to celebrate. You did it!
The picture below shows the comparison of applying a thick layer on etching cream (left) versus a thick and smooth layer of etching cream (right).
If you head over to my Instagram & stories you can see a quick overview of the process!