By Suzann Sladcik Wilson
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.
You will need the following:
Etchall Etching Cream
Two glass slides
Star Paper Punch
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.
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.
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.
7. Your stars are now permanently etched onto your glass!
8. Cut out a piece of scrapbook paper of your choosing to fit between the pieces of glass. Wrap with copper foil tape.
9. Finish your pendent by soldering around the copper foil and adding a jump ring.