After I had decided that I wanted to make etched glass serving dishes for my sister for Christmas, I found this great tutorial for a casserole dish carrier! A fun combination gift, to give a carrier, and the personalized pan that fits inside.
December 28, 2010
December 27, 2010
Glass etching is done with a cream that you buy in a bottle at the craft store (rather spendy, so use a coupon if you can!). It permanently etches the glass in a matter of minutes!
We had vinyl cut with the last names of people we wanted to give gifts to - and sayings to get etched on as well.
"Eat Me" - went to my silly sister in law.
"Bad Baby Pie" - to my movie loving cousin
"Made With Love" - went to my always-baking sister.
You get the idea.
Some we just did first or last names, for a more elegant look.
My mom also gave a set with last names as a wedding gift.
here to Nursery Rhymes and Sweet Times and here to Make it and Love it.
These are some in progress pictures:
|Vinyl pressed right onto the outside of the glass dish became like a stencil for the glass etching cream|
1) Make sure you clean the glass with window washing spray after you put the vinyl on. Fingerprints hinder the glass etch cream.
2) I would suggest putting the cream on even thicker than in this picture above! I had to re-do some after rinsing off the cream, because I could tell that it wasn't even, and some spots had not been etched nearly enough.
3) I dont think you can leave the cream on too long, so we left our cream on for half an hour or so.
4) If you are worried about getting the vinyl centered (like me), use a dry erase marker to make marks, measured from the edges of the dish you are working with. They will act as guides, and wash right off.
5) If you do a pie plate, have the vinyl cut in mirror image, so that you can etch onto the BOTTOM of the dish (keeping the actual pie crust off of it), but you can still read it when looking through the TOP of the dish.
As I said, this was a fun project, and everything looked GREAT when we were finished!
I definitely recommend that you go make some!!
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December 26, 2010
My daughter LOVES horses. This summer was her first experience, when she rode a pony at our town day. Then, the next time she saw the carousel downtown, she freaked out, and exclaimed our favorite phrase to date:
"Wa' Wide-a Ho-see!"
(Wanna Ride the Horsey!)
We make her say it all the time:)
When I was a kid, I had one of these Ride-a-Horseys, and it seemed like a perfect gift for my little daughter!
I followed the tutorial I found for a sock horse here at The Napping House.
I found socks at Target: Women's, Cotton, Pretty Thin, Earthy/Neutral Colors, Says they fit size 4-10, Maybe mid-calf length.
The rest were scraps I had at home.
The ears are felt.
The mane is just flannel for me. The tutorial says use "fabric" for the mane - and I am not sure what kind she meant. Her fabric is double sided - meaning it looks the same from both sides. Mine is not. It definitely has a back side, however I didn't mind this. I used 1 strip of fabric, twisted it and glued it down - not 2 strips twisted together. I felt that the flannel was too thick for that.
At first I wanted to sew it all together - because I have this thing about sewing being more permanent, and not wanting to wait for glue to dry:) But hot glue worked great! It does take a lot of hot glue though, and getting the ears to stay up was a challenge! Not so much that I wouldn't suggest doing it, but just keep in mind it takes a lot of glue, and an understanding that it probably will not look exactly as you envisioned it from the beginning:)
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December 25, 2010
Here is my original tutorial!
December 19, 2010
I had seen a similar idea to this one once upon a time, and it has been percolating in my mind for a while now.
The great thing that made it possible though, was this spectacular stash of antique keys!
"But, what happens," you say, "if I don't have a spectacular stash of antique keys?"
Well...you could use regular house keys - or even if you only have 2 or 3 antique keys, you can use the same ones over and over again, and just point them in all different directions. Frankly, you could probably find fake antique keys in the jewelry department at the craft store. No matter what, I am sure it will turn out great:)
You will not believe what kind of "fabric" I used...(well, maybe you will). This is a little square cut out from a canvas drop cloth! Just a few bucks at the hardware store, and it works like a charm! It is fairly thin, looks kindof like burlap to me, and has a thin plastic backing - great to keep the paint from soaking through.
With a paintbrush, spread on a generous layer of acrylic paint (I used black).
After I was finished, and the paint was dry, I erased the pencil tracing I had made of the heart. The paint drys very quickly, and is permanent.
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