By Kathy Cano-Murillo
May 17, 2008
Special for the Republic
The fun of crafting is experimenting. If you keep an open mind, ideas are everywhere. This project comes from the need to clean. Recently I used a craft store coupon to buy a huge jar of glass-etching cream. Two projects later, I didn’t know what to do with the excess, but couldn’t dare throw it away. I came across some glass slides tucked away in my treasure box and married the two concepts to make all kinds of glass-etched magnets and pins.
Take this lead and run with it, see what else you can do to make it your own. That’s what making art is all about!
Etched Glass Stamped Pins or Magnets
2 glass slides
Stickers or rub-ons
Glass-etching cream, Popsicle stick or chopstick
Stamp pad for glass surfaces
Acrylic or glass paint
Pinback or magnet
Extra strength adhesive
Directions: Take one glass slide and apply sticker or rub-on to the front of it. Put on the gloves. Apply the etching cream in a thick layer over the slide. Let it set for 10-15 minutes. Take the slide to the sink and rinse off the cream, gently rubbing off the sticker or rub-on as well. Let dry. Take a blank slide, paint it if desired, and then add a rubber stamp design, let dry. Stack the two slides together so the etched design is on top. Seal the edges with foil tape. Use adhesive to apply pinback or magnet.
Variations: you can use copper wire, flux and solder wire to solder the edges. If you go that route, add a jump ring to the top and make it a necklace or charm. You can also embed the etched slide sandwich into air-dry clay. If you do not want to use rubber-stamps and ink, you can substitute with clear stickers or rub-on decals.
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