Curved Glass Does Not Magic Make*

I recently found magic. 

A substance that created the look of etched glass that I saw used only everywhere, including here and here and here.

I wanted me some magic.

I discovered the source of this magic to be Armour Etch, or glass etching cream. I found it at Blick. Apparently it’s so dangerously acidic that it’s kept under lock and key. So if you go looking for some, you’ll need to ask one of the friendly, pierced, and tattooed Blick employees to help you out. Also get a basic old little paint brush while you’re there.

Once you have those rubber gloves on…

Then get a little more fancy:

Vases for Jenn and scotch glasses for Daniel. (We debated whether the purpose of these Roman Tumblers was to be able to identify one’s glass, or identify the number of drinks one has consumed.)

But remember how crafts are hard? Let me show you some things I made that do not look like magic:

Here are a few pointers to bypass the non-magic phase:

  • Use straight glass objects. The curved glass shown above made the tape buckle and the cream crept under against my will.
  • Find these straight glass objects at thrift stores or Target. Not fancy curved glass objects at Crate and Barrel that cost more money anyway.
  • Apply tape or stickers with force. Get your fingernails in on it. Press that tape down like you thought you could never press tape down.
  • GLOB on that Armour Etch. No perfectionism here kids. The messier the better.
  • Don’t try to give it a second coat. It just doesn’t work.
And there you have it. The end of Christmas Crafts 2011. Until you see the incredible handmade things that were given to me…

*As promised in the last post, this is actually “Christmas Crafts Part 2.” Fortunately I realized how awful that was for a blog post title before publishing it for a second time.

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3 thoughts on “Curved Glass Does Not Magic Make*

  1. Thanks for the tips! The end results were great. I wonder if you could etch rounded surfaces by using a little bit of mod podge to seal the tape. I’ve heard this as a suggestion for making the “perfect stripe”. In any case, well done!

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