I recently wrote a post describing my unintentional blogging hiatus. The puzzling thing about the break in blogging was that I was still busy and had lots to share! Regardless, today I want to share some etched glass Christmas gifts I made for family. I had a couple of failures which I will also share.
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I only see my one brother, his wife and their grown kids at Christmas and we only give little gifts. All my gifts were around $10 per person. I decided on a personalized casserole for my SIL, beer glasses for my brother and one of his sons and stemless wine glasses for my other nephew and his wife.
I picked up everything at a great Canadian store called Kitchen Stuff Plus. They sell all kinds of dinnerware, gadgets, etc. There, I was able to buy all the glassware for my projects. For the beer glasses, I found these great double walled pilsner glasses. I did check to ensure they were glass and they were and made in Italy. I also picked up a Pyrex brand casserole for my SIL and stemless wine glasses.
I used the Martha Stewart etching cream I picked up a Michael’s with a 40% off coupon. Thank goodness because, although it goes a long way, the creams are expensive!
I purchased the images I wanted to use from the Silhouette Design Store. After I created the design, I used my Silhouette Cameo to create the stencils on basic dollar store contact paper. I also used clear contact paper to transfer the stencil to the glassware. I wanted the monogram to be clear with a etched box around it.
Fail: Etching Creams Do Not Work on All Glass
Both of the above attemps FAILED!
I later found the creams do not work on PYREX brand. Not sure what happened with the other glasses. It was glass. When I removed the cream, I was so disappointed…
I went back to Kitchen Stuff Plus and picked up some basic glass beer mugs and they worked perfectly! This time, I decided to have the monogram etched without a frame. My brother and my nephew loved them!
My nephew has a “thing” for owls. Always has. He collects owl art so I knew the wine glasses for him and his wife would have owls. I purchased these images from the Silhouette store as well. I just love how they turned out!
I think my family were a bit stunned to receive such personalized gifts. They all seemed to love them but I think they may have thought I put a lot of time and money into them but to be honest, glass etching is SO EASY! When you have the right type of glass!
You know, after I finished these, I posted pictures on my personal Facebook page and since have created at least 10 other gifts for my friends to give! Maybe I should keep my “talents” a secret! LOL