I’ve been thinking I should rename this post “when good crafts go bad!” Why? Read on…..
I’ve been on the hunt to find some nice glass pieces as I’ve had some etching cream languishing in the cupboard for a year or more. My last etching project was time consuming and involved printing, tracing and an exacto knife. I hoped that by using my cutting machine this time, I could whip out this project in no time.
I was thrilled when I found a cool square bottle with rounded corners for only $5.50! My next task was selecting which font to use for my design – there’s so much choice. I used this free program to help me decide – you just type in a word and scroll down to view it in every font that’s loaded on your computer. Excellent – you can see quickly which fonts look good and which ones to ignore!
I chose Meninblue (see below) – I thought that at first glance it would look like a graphic but that on second look you’d notice that it was actually a word. That was the plan anyway! As you’ve probably guessed my word of choice was “Hydrate”.
The cutting went well, my Silhouette behaved itself. Here’s the cut vinyl alongside the bottle.
I applied the vinyl to the bottle – I wrapped the word around a corner – doesn’t it look cool?
I applied the etching cream – all went well – no pic of this though!
I cleaned off the etching cream – this is where things started to go downhill – things not going so well now…..LOL! It hadn’t made a mark on the glass! Not one bit of etched glass at all. First I thought my cream was “off” but I put some on an old glass spice jar and that etched just fine. I concluded that my cool glass bottle was some kind of weird uncool un-etchable glass. Oh well, Chalk this one up as an epic craft fail!
So I went to plan B, or rather I made up a plan B. I found my left over frosted vinyl from my Mirror project and used that instead. Thankfully, this worked out OK, so I do have a finished item to show you – it’s now a vinyl project instead of an etching project! By the way, I didn’t switch bottles for a blue glass one, I just popped food colouring in the water to make the frosted vinyl show up better in the photo.
This post is part of “The Silhouette Challenge” where fellow bloggers participate in a monthly challenge to create a new project with their Silhouette Machine.
Please check out the links below to see what everyone else has created in the past month.
DIY Ironing Board Hanger by The Turquoise Home
Silhouette Challenge: Time Zone Bathroom Art by Nearly Handmade
Nautical Anchor Pillow Tutorial by The Thinking Closet
Christmas Card Ornament with Free Cut File by unOriginalMom
Thanksgiving and Christmas Dual Sign by Architecture of a Mom
Snowman Tag ~ Silhouette Challenge by Whats Next Ma
Thanksgiving Sign by Chicken Scratch NY
DIY Horse Silhouette Pillow by Rain on a Tin Roof
Sketching on Fabric by The Sensory Emporium
Paper Leaf Garland by Lil’ Mrs. Tori
DIY Blessing Board – Silhouette Challenge by One Tough Mother
Christmas Pillow by Create & Babble
Glass Painting with Reverse Stencils by Givemeapaintbrush
Chalkboard Thankful Tree by Cutesy Crafts
Bottoms Up! MYO Wine Tag by From Wine to Whine
‘Happy Holly-days’ Tags for the Swap by An Elegant Touch…
Thank You for Dinner (Card) by Everyday Paper
Advent Star Christmas Countdown by My Favorite Finds
Geometric Fabric Bowls by Please Excuse My Craftermath…
Paper Carnival by Home At Eight
Silhouette Cameo Tutorial: Dual Sided Business Cards by Black and White Obsession
In Case of Emergency Baby Bag Tags by Tossed Salad Life
Christmas On My Mind by Creative Turn
Jingle all the Way! by My Paper Craze
Christmas Lights Garland by Making Home Base
We Are Thankful by 4 You With Love
Seattle Skyline Silhouette by Sowdering About in Seattle
DIY Stenciled Mugs by Coley’s Corner
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