Get the FREE pattern for the winged heart at https://jennifermaker.com/how-to-etch-glass-vinyl-cricut/
Learn the easy way to etch glass using vinyl decals you can cut on your Cricut using glass etching cream.
MATERIALS LIST (contains my affiliate links):
-Armour Etch glass etching cream https://amzn.to/2sB3A8z
-Glass to etch (I used these glass coasters https://amzn.to/2sCp3Oh and these wine glasses https://rstyle.me/n/devxc8cbznf )
-Premium vinyl (avoid stencil vinyl)
-Paintbrush, small (no foam brushes)
-91% isopropyl alcohol
-Masking or painter’s tape
-(Optional) LED base for the glass coasters https://amzn.to/2Mjruyu
-(Optional) Hot glue gun and glue to attach your glass to the base.
-A way to cut your vinyl (I used the amazing Cricut)
-My free SVG/DXF/PDF cut files/patterns (available in my free resource library https://jennifermaker.com/resource-library)
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STEP 1: GET THE FREE PATTERN AND GATHER YOUR MATERIALS
You’ll find my free Winged Heart pattern in my resource library https://jennifermaker.com/resource-library/
STEP 2: GET A VINYL STENCIL
You can easily make them on cutting machines like a Cricut. Use premium (self adhesive) vinyl — avoid stencil vinyl if you’re putting it on a curved surface.
I recommend you make a weeding box around your design that’s just a bit smaller than the glass surface you’ll be applying it too.
Carefully reverse weed your design.
Once your vinyl is weeded, cut a piece of transfer tape the size of your vinyl backing and apply it to the front of the vinyl decal.
Using your scraper, go over the entire decal to make sure it adheres to your transfer tape.
Gently remove the backing from the vinyl.
STEP 3: APPLY YOUR VINYL STENCIL
First, prep your glass by cleaning it well with 91% isopropyl alcohol and allow to dry.
Next, carefully place your vinyl decal on your glass.
Use your scraper over the entire surface of the vinyl to adhere it well to your glass. Gently remove the transfer tape, leaving only the vinyl.
Your goal is to have no wrinkles or creases at the edges of design.
If you are placing your vinyl decal on the curved surface of a wine glass, you WILL have wrinkles in the beginning. Get what you can pressed and scraped down well, then remove the transfer tape.
With the tape removed, check to see if you have wrinkles at the edges of your design. If so, lift up on the vinyl in those spots and gently pull the vinyl away from the center of the design to get it to conform to the curved surface.
If you don’t have a wide margin on your vinyl decal, put some masking or painter’s tape around the edge of the vinyl to prevent getting any etching cream there.
STEP 4: BRUSH THE ETCHING CREAM ON YOUR GLASS
First, remember to wear gloves and protective glasses. You should also shake or stir your Armour Etch etching cream before you use it.
Using a regular brush, brush on the minimum amount needed to cover the glass. You do NOT need to gob it one.
Brush the etching cream around for three full minutes. Brush up and down, side to side, and diagonally. Keep the cream moving around your design, getting into every nook and cranny.
STEP 5: RINSE OFF THE ETCHING CREAM AND REMOVE YOUR VINYL
After three minutes, rinse off the etching cream (or if you used a lot, scrape it back into the container first and then rinse). Make sure you get ALL of the cream off. You do not want to accidentally touch it or get it on your work surface.
Once it’s rinsed, dry it off and remove the vinyl. If you used permanent vinyl like me, it make take a little effort but it WILL come off.
With the vinyl all removed, wipe down the surface again with rubbing alcohol.
And that’s it — enjoy your beautiful etched glass!
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