Saturday, July 3, 2010

Faux Etched Glass Tutorial

I’ve been teaching the art of rubber stamping and crafting for over 15 years… but when my friend Tee showed me this faux etched glass, I was really thought WOW… why didn’t I think of that??  We did it at a techniques class here in my home a year or so ago… and I still get a lot of questions about the technique.  So… with special permission, and a friendly bow to my friend Tee… here is a phenomenally easy WOW technique:   Faux Etched Glass!
Here’s the sample we made in class:
Tees faux Etched Glass Vase Created By You
AND… here’s an updated version created just for this blog post and tutorial!

There are some very subtle differences between the samples, aside from the obvious:  base and stamp, of course :) 
In the first sample, the image from the Eastern Blooms Stamp Set has more even coverage… in the second sample, the Tropical Party Pina Colada has less even coverage, which forced me to change the methodology of faux glass etching just a bit.. but I’ll explain how both samples were made today!Faux Etched Glass Tile Created By You
First, you’ll want to choose a glass surface for your faux etching.  If you’re doing this technique for the first time, it is best to choose a very flat, very thick glass surface! 
  • Remember:  even though the glass may appear to be flat, it may have some curvature or dips/bumps in the glass.  Try to find something very flat with few dips and curves.
  • Choose a thick glass… even tempered glass will work (think pie pans during the holiday :)  Choosing a think window pane or glass from a frame may not be your best bet!  The glass is subjected to very high heat, and thin glass WILL explode.
Gather your supplies:
Shown in the picture:
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Heat Gun
  • Embossing Powder
  • Mixing Tray or plastic lid
  • Spoon or mixing tool/apparatus
  • Stamp of choice
  • Embossing Buddy
  • Embossing Tray
  • Soft Cloth (kleenex, paper towel, etc)
  • Grid Paper or something to protect your surface from the heat!
  • Versa Mark Pad
  1. Next, you’ll want to clean your glass!  Use a lint free soft cloth (I hear from one of my downline that Viva Paper towels are the artists’ choice for many things).  Dampen your paper towel, or lint free cloth with ordinary rubbing alcohol, and gently clean the glass to remove any residue and oils from your fingers.  (TIP:  the higher the alcohol content, the quicker it will dry on it’s own.)  Clean the glass in the same place you anticipate embossing and/or stamping.. you do not want to re-contaminate it by picking it up with your fingers!
  2. Turn on your heat gun/tool.. allowing it to heat up will make it work much faster and more evenly!  Be sure to point it away from anything that may catch fire… it gets really, really hot!
  3. Gently tap and cover the entire glass stamping surface with the embossing buddy.  This will prevent embossing powder from sticking to the wrong area.Embossing Buddy Created By You
  4. Ink up the stamp with versamark ink, and press firmly down on the glass.  Stamps tend to slide on glass… if yours does, simply remove the image with a damp paper towel, and go back to step 1.
  5. Here is where the type of stamp makes a difference!!
    • If you’re using a solid image such as Eastern Blooms shown on the clear glass vase… you’ll simply pour clear embossing powder over the stamped image, and tap firmly on the back to remove excess powder.
    • If you’re using a less solid image such as the one shown on the glass magnet (from tropical party).. you will want to mix clear and white embossing powder 2 parts clear to 1 part white… pour on the stamped image, and tap off excess.
  6. Be sure that your item is laying on a well protected surface, and heat with the heat tool/gun.Created byyouheattool710
  7. You will see the image go from dusty to clear and/or white.  DO NOT TOUCH THE GLASS.. it is very hot!!!
  8. As a final step, powder the stamped image with the embossing buddy, that will bring it to life!!powderedbuddycbyu
You can put this vase in the dishwasher… and the image will almost disappear after the cycle has been completed.  But it’s not lost… just powder with your embossing buddy again to bring the image back to new life!
Hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial, stop by and visit my friend Tee’s creative site:  Green Isles Crafts… be sure to tell her I said hello!
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Brenda Cook said...

I love this tutorial - thanks for sharing.

It is always refreshing to find a new technique.

Lisa Summerhays said...

Great tutorial! They turned out so cute!

Kath said...

TFS! I'm off to look at glass.

Teressa Thompson said...

Awww Sharon! I knew you'd do this technique justice! Thanks for posting a tutorial~

lisa808 said...

Sharon, this is an awesome technique. Thanks so much for the detailed tutorial. I'm thinking monogrammed votive holders.

Deb B (Debadoo) said...

Great tutorial! I just subbed to your blog and am enjoying looking through these tutorials. Thanks so much for sharing all you do.

Just thought I'd toss out a tip since you mentioned stamps sliding on glass. I learned this by accident, when doing a stained glass technique. Use your stamp a ma jig (just the hard plastic part) when stamping on anything slippery, vellum, window sheets etc. Even if you don't need the image sheet part for proper placement, the L shape in the SAMJ tool gives a little more stability and helps keep the stamp from sliding around when you stamp.