Sunday Projects: Etching Glass

I needed new containers for the morning beverage(s) of choice around our house. I’ve always wanted to try etching and I found this super simple how to at Create Studio

Materials: Clear contact paper, exacto knife, printed pattern, glass ware, Armor Etch brand etching cream, rubber gloves, newspaper or old towels, plastic spoon.

I chose a square container that way I could learn on a fairly level surface.

Step #1 Clean your container.

Step #2 Cut out and apply the contact paper onto the glass, making sure to leave about an inch extra all around your pattern.

Step #3 Print out your pattern and tape it over the contact paper.

Step #4 Using an Exacto knife cut out the pattern, making sure you cut though the paper pattern and the contact paper. When finished, it will look something like this.

The exposed glass is the area meant to be etched.

Step #5 Tape off the jar if your nervous about spillage. Lay the jar on its side. If you are working on a round object you can use old towels or newspaper to prop it so it won’t roll.

Shake the etching cream well and then carefully spoon (plastic spoon) or brush the cream only on the area meant to be etched.  It’s super thick so you won’t have a runny mess on your hands.

Oh speaking of hands, wear rubber gloves! This stuff you don’t want anywhere near your skin. Or your kids or pets…and I’d crack a window too.

I globbed on enough to cover the design plus just a little more.

Step #5 Wait.  After about 15 minutes rinse under warm water and pat dry. Examine the amount of etch you’ve accomplished and see if you’d like more. If you would like it to be more opaque, dry the jar thoroughly and put more etching cream on. Check after 5-10 minutes.

Step #6 Rinse and wash your containers, then put coffee and cocoa in them. Stand back and smile smugly at them.

Sunday Projects: Repurposed Book Day Planner

A quick disclaimer: The book I used was falling apart. It was found at St. Vinnie’s on the take it it’s free bin. So, no showing up at my place bearing pitchforks and torches because I cut up a book.

Thanks to ahhh design for the how to on this really great project!

The book? One of my favorites and one of the best opening lines in literature. I kept some of the beautiful illustrations and incorporated them into my design.

Step #1:
Gently, carefully cut away the binding from the book cover using a sharp exact o knife.

I incorporated the beautiful illustrations into my design.

Step #2:

The spine seemed really floppy without the pages go I cut a piece of painting canvas from a sheet I had left over, then I cut a piece of the end paper to go along the spine.

Using Elmer’s glue I sandwiched the canvas to the spine and then the end paper remnant to the canvas. I tried to add some ribbon because I thought it looked nice, but wound up discarding it.

Step #3:

I placed waxed paper over the day planner then weighted the glue up with books for about 4 hours.

(if I had to do this step over, I would use spray adhesive like Amanda did. But I didn’t have any so, *shrug*)

Step #4:
I removed a three-ring binder hardware assembly from an old address book I also found at St. Vinnie’s.
I took the three-ring hardware to the home supply store and got screws and covered washers that would fit perfectly.
I marked the book and drilled for the screws and attached the hardware off-center so the book would close.

I lucked out and found day planner refills that fit perfectly, but if I didn’t I was planning on printing my own.
I used another illustration from the book for the title page

I love using my new Day Planner.

Sunday Projects: Necklace Holder

I saw this silhouette necklace holder project via a link from Design Sponge.

I printed the silhouette from Design Sponge website and enlarged it on a copy machine. You can use whatever silhouette image you’d like, even your own!  My version measures roughly 11 inches across by 15 vertically.  It’s good to measure the space you intend for it first before determining how big you’d like it.

I started by tracing the silhouette onto ¼ inch plywood.

Then, I used a scroll saw to cut out the silhouette.

I cleaned up the edges with sandpaper.

At this point, my husband cut two keyhole slots in the block of wood I used for a hanger.  He used a 3/8 inch drill bit on his drill press and then used a keyhole bit and his router, to shape the keyhole slots.

On the website they screwed in eye hooks to the top of the mounting block and used cup hooks to mount it to the wall.

Using wood glue we glued the mounting block to the back of the silhouette and clamped it in place for about 4 hours.

Once the glue was dry I primed and painted the necklace holder. I made sure it was good and dry before I mounted it to the wall.

And, voila’!  My new necklace holder; she’s so pretty. Smashing taste in jewelry too!