Hi Miss Watermelon. I’m glad you like them! I really don’t know how long they look because I did them a little each night for a few weeks, if you sat down and just did it, I’d say a 2 or 3 days. It takes a long time to get the stencils on, then we etched them all in a day.
– Using Vinyl, any color cut out your pattern with the cricut. I think I used 2 speed and 2 strength, and then I even fiddled with the needle a little bit. What you’ll find is that you want the needle to just cut the black top layer, not the white backing, if it does it seems to screw up the patterns and pull and tear. It takes a little patients a and adjusting! lol.
– cut out the shape leaving enough vinyl, that if the etching cream drips it won’t ruin your glass! Pull out all the positive images of your design. so for me I had to pull out all the letters, the “e’s” didn’t cut properly so i had to take tweezers and make little cuts, even small errors show up when you etch!
– using the white transfer tape, cut a piece about the same size and stick it to the black vinyl. Peal off teh White vinyl backing. The transfer tape really helps move the center bits like the center of a, e and o and keeps everything where it is supposed to be!
– stick teh vinyl to your glass, rub it a little bit, then peal off the transfer tape. I found that on teh wine glasses we had to make small cuts in teh vinyl so it laid flat.. this is REALLY important, if there are any bubbles or places that aren’t TOTALLY stuck down the etching solution will bleed. even where you make the slits, look on teh inside of the glass to make sure it’s as flat to the glass as you can get it. On the hearts I had to make a slit at teh bottem of the solid heart, before i etched i just ran my nail down teh “seam” to make sure there was no chance fo it bleeding
– nwo the messy part! put on old clothes, and gloves, and make tons of room at your sink! using a stipple brush (or what ever you like) dab the etching cream on LIBERALLY. it seemed like when we globbed it on the etching came out more even. we also laid the glasses flat so it wouldn’t run, and wedged them between things in teh kitchen. I applied the cream, and my mom wiped it off with a paper towel (so less went down teh sink) and then rinsed them. the cream takes about 20 minutes. RINSE WELL! and then we let them soak in cold water to make sure all teh cream was gone without having to keep the tap running too long!
don’t judge them until they dry! they look very different when dry.
things i would do differently: be very careful if you decide to wipe the cream off with a paper towel. it takes abotu 3 seconds for that cream to leave a mark, and when my mom (she tried so hard lol) didn’t get to the water fast enough, you can just kinda see the outline of the stencil a little on some of the glasses.
I know it seems like a alot and this DIY went on forever.. and i don’t even know if it will make sense to you… but it’s not that bad, and a few hours a night when you are watching TV and you’ll be done. 🙂
I hope that helped