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Monday, December 19, 2011

A Pinterest Project

I'm still learning to navigate around Pinterest and I must say I enjoy browsing through the categories looking at all the information available.  The project below was one I pulled from the site under the DIY category, its super easy and the process can be used for lots of projects. Found through Pinterest

I found 4 quart Pyrex baking dishes to use for this project.  I did have to go to a couple of stores before I could find the Pyrex baking dishes without the logo molded into the bottom of the dish.  I knew I wanted to put the name in the bottom of the dish just to make the project easier.  If you want to use the side of the dish as is show in the attached website this won't be a problem.  These were Christmas gifts for some friends this year, I hope they enjoy them.

The supplies are pretty basic and not costly.  You can pick up etching cream at most any hobby store.  I purchased mine at Hobby Lobby.  I used a small foam brush to dab the etching cream on the stencil, nice thing about these are they are inexpensive and you can just toss them after the project is finished.  The flat paddle in this picture was used to help lift the stencil to reposition it as I worked across the name.

I started by cutting out the name on my Cricut.  If you don't have a cutting machine of some type you can do could print the name on a computer and then cut the stencil  by hand into the vinyl.  I used contact paper rather than the more expensive paper sold by Cricut and it worked great.  After the letters were cut out I used the negative to adhere to the bottom of the dish.  I put another piece of vinyl over the top and burnished the lettering to make sure that everything was adhered well so the etching cream wouldn't bleed under it and ruin the project.

The etching cream was dabbed on heavily, I've learned that brushing it on as indicated on the bottle doesn't give good enough coverage to the project.

After allowing the etching cream to set the required time indicated on the bottle you wash it off with warm water, remove the stencil and this is what you'll have, the name of the owner of the dish permanently etched into the glass.

I'm going to use this process for my own glass baking dishes, I'll never loose another one at a covered dish dinner again.


MulticoloredPieces said...

I've enjoyed all your lovely holiday projects and especially your Christmas tree table settings. So fun!
Happy holidays!
best, nadia

❀❀❀Ðαωᾔ❀❀❀ said...

What a great idea, you are right when you take things to a get together you would like your dishes back. I need to do this it looks much more sophisticated than than the blue painters tape on the bottom with my name on it. I have a silhouette machine to cut the stencil. Love it, and what a great gift.

Paula said...

What a great idea for a gift. I'm sure your friend will love this. I've always wanted to try a project with etching cream.

Rebecca said...

What a great idea! Like Dawn said, it looks so much better than the tape I use on the bottom of my covered dishes. Beautiful too!

Anonymous said...

Fine looking answer to marking your glassware. I'm going to brainstorm similar projects. Thanks for posting. Jo @ Let's Face the Music

Debbie said...

FANTASTIC!! I would never have thought of that, and it is a lovely and practical solution. Wouldn't it make a great shower gift too?

I am loving that Pinterest!

vikki said...

What a good idea to use inexpensive vinyl to do the stencils. Love this idea, need to make one for me.

On Crooked Creek said...

Wonderful idea, darling!!! I have two of the same dishes that I carry to socials and dinners. Thanks for sharing!

Pam - diy Design Fanatic said...

Great project! I definitely need to do this!

Lori said...

Super idea. I am after you at the party for Thrifty Tuesday, came over for a look. Merry Christmas.

Marlis said...

love love love this idea.. how wonderful to be able to take things and get them back.. Merry Christmas! xo marlis

Tricia said...

I'm also new to Pinterest -- just this week -- and it's pretty amazing! Love this project -- such a great gift for those of us who are always taking casseroles to church potlucks!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

What a wonderful idea! Your friends will love these gifts.

Merry Christmas!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Don't you just love all the great ideas to be found on Pinterest? I know your friends will adore this gift. Merry Christmas to you!

Sue said...

Oh I've always wanted to try some etching and this would be an easy project to start with. Good tip on really dabbing it on. I can't tell you how many lids and casseroles I've lost when sharing at dinners.
Hope you have a very Merry Christmas! Always glad to see you come by for a visit!
Christmas hugs, Sue

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Fabulous idea, Char! A very merry Christmas and the happiest of holiday seasons to you and yours!...hugs...Debbie

Rettabug said...

That is SOOOOO cool, Char! I ♥♥♥ the entire effect!
What great gifts these would make for almost any occasion, too.

I think I need a Cricut! LOL

Happy New Year, Honey...stay HEALTHY!

p.s. Your pinecone cheeseball is BEAUTIFUL! I've always wanted to do one & your presentation is spectacular. I'm going to pin it, if you don't mind.