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By Suzann Sladcik Wilson

Seeing Stars 4th of July Necklace

Seeing Stars 4th of July Necklace by Suzann Sladcik Wilson. Etchall etching cream was used to create the stars on the glass of the pendent.

For months now, I have wanted to take my soldering in a new direction. I wanted to try etching the glass, but was afraid of the harsh chemicals that I thought you needed to create the designs. Little did I know until this month’s DCC blog hop that there was an answer to my fears in the form of Etchall! Etchall etching cream does not contain the hazardous acids that many other etching cream do. This also means there are no noxious fumes. Etchall cream can also be used over and over again, which is not the case for its competitors. Check out this tutorial to see how easy it is to use Etchall to make an impression on the glass you use for soldering.

Supplies to make Etchall pendant

With just a few supplies, you can make your own custom pendent

You will need the following:

  • Etchall Etching Cream
  • Etchall Etchmask
  • Etchall Squeegee
  • Two glass slides
  • Scissors
  • Star Paper Punch

Instructions:

1. Lay one glass slide onto the back of the Etchall Etchmask and cut a piece of the mask slightly larger than your glass slide.

Making Mask for Etchall Pendant

Glass slide with star mask waiting to be etched.

2. Using your punch, cut out star shapes in your mask. This will create your stencil.

3. Once you have punched out the stars for your stencil, carefully pull the backing off and press onto the glass slide. Rub the squeegee over the stencil to make sure all areas are laying flat against the glass.

Etchall applied to glass

Patiently waiting while Etchall does its thing!

4. Pour cream along long edge and spread with your squeegee, covering all exposed areas. Wait 15 minutes.

5. After the 15 minutes are up, use your squeegee to return unused portion of cream back into the bottle.

6. Rinse well underwater to remove remaining cream. Remove stencil from glass under running warm water.

Finished etched glass

Glass slide with etched stars.

7. Your stars are now permanently etched onto your glass!

Foil Around Pendant

Etched glass with scrapbook paper, another slide for the back, and copper foil tape.

8. Cut out a piece of scrapbook paper of your choosing to fit between the pieces of glass. Wrap with copper foil tape.

Seeing Stars Soldered Pendent made with Etchall by Suzann Sladcik Wilson

Finished Seeing Stars soldered pendent by Suzann Sladcik Wilson

 9. Finish your pendent by soldering around the copper foil and adding a jump ring.