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06 December 2009 @ 11:59 am
Glass Etching Tutorial  
Ok, so several people wanted an explanation of how I made my Rassilon plate. Since I personally wanted to try doing some etching on a glass I decided to take pictures and make a tutorial. The glass didn't come out so well, its hard to etch on rounded surfaces, but it was a good learning experience and the steps are the same.

Ok, so a great many of these photos are backwards because of the mirror flip on photo booth. Sorry, for some reason the flip edit only took to half of them.

1. First you need supplies. In this case: a piece of glassware, a printed picture of the design you wish to etch, etching cream, a sponge brush, painter's tape (though masking tape will also work), contact paper (preferably white), an exacto knife or equivalent, and scissors.

2. Cut out a piece of contact paper that is slightly larger than the pattern you want to place on the glass. This will end up being our stencil.

3. Making sure the glass is clean in order to prevent imperfections, smooth the contact paper onto the surface of the glass where you intend to place the design. (This is really hard on a rounded surface and ultimately what screwed up my glass)

4. Using the painter's tape, tape the picture of the image you want on to the contact paper. Tape all the way around the edges to protect other parts of the glass.

5. Using the exacto knife cut out the pieces of the pattern that you want to etch. You should be able pull away the paper bits when this is done.

6. Then peel off the contact paper from the parts you wish to etch.

7. Pour out some of the etching solution into a bowl. PLEASE READ ALL THE WARNINGS! Etching solution is very powerful and can be extremely harmful. With the sponge brush place an even layer of the solution over the area you wish to etch.

8. Let the glass sit with the solution on it for about 5 minutes, ~Once again please check product labels as this time may very~ then rinse the glass very thoroughly and peel off the rest of the tape and paper.

9. And viola, you have a finished glass which hopefully came out better than this one whose right side had some not flat enough contact paper issues.

And also, since i realize its in all the backgrounds of my pics, that blue box is the tardis on my door. Complete with working light.

Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Rhube: Shinyrhube on December 6th, 2009 05:19 pm (UTC)
Interesting - thanks!
Lord Ace of the Fictional Lands: Abe + Mihashiensuing on December 6th, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
Ooo, that's so awesome! Now I want to try this! Thanks for the instructions~ =D

And I love the Tardis on your door!
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taylororpheusetude on December 6th, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC)
thanks for the tip
I'm only as sick as my secretsphaedra13 on December 7th, 2009 07:05 am (UTC)
Maybe if you snip a cut in the corner (if the contact paper is square, and the image is in the middle, snip a bit from the corner toward the image on the diagonal) you could avoid the wonkyness by not having the air bubbles? You know, kinda use the slack to fold the contact paper so the lines stay straight?
Dunedune_drd on December 6th, 2009 06:25 pm (UTC)
Katy: {love} I like it (the doctor)x2xbandgeekx2x on December 6th, 2009 06:34 pm (UTC)
Hahaha so I clicked on this because the etching thing sounded cool (and it is), but came away much more enamored by your door. I wish I had thought to do something like that with my door here at college. It's currently just covered in awesome/random quotes like every year, but that TARDIS is genius! Especially the whiteboard that just fits right in.
Rachaelevil_girraffe on December 6th, 2009 09:27 pm (UTC)
Very nifty tutorial, thanks for sharing :)
isweedan: Tardis - Doctor Whoisweedan on December 6th, 2009 09:46 pm (UTC)
(Off topic but not?)
I love how you made the 'pull to open' panel a notice board that people could write on! I think it's super idea <3
Not meant to be taken seriously.maypanic on December 6th, 2009 11:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for the tutorial! It sounds so much simpler than I would've ever imagined.
darker_onedarker_one on December 7th, 2009 01:08 am (UTC)
Thanks for the tutorial. And I am so impressed by your door! That's awesome.
Elvish Kitty: Into the Tardiselvish_kitty on December 7th, 2009 04:49 am (UTC)
Sweet! I was wondering how that was done...thanks for posting!

Also: COOLEST DOOR EVER. I especially love the white board on the "Free for Public Use" sign. >:D
Queen Em: Swoonemstapole on December 7th, 2009 11:29 am (UTC)
Love the door!
kitori04kitori04 on December 7th, 2009 03:07 pm (UTC)
I think it turned out great. Some day if I'm brave enough I'd like to try that.
Best wishes! :)
taylororpheusetude on December 7th, 2009 07:16 pm (UTC)
Yay!! A nerdfighter. My birthday was last Thursday and instead of a b-day balloon my friend got me one that said best wishes. It made my day.