Create your own design or pattern with etchall etchmask.
1. Clean glass surface to remove all dirt or fingerprints. Dry with a lint-free paper towel or cloth.
2. Cut the etchmask at least 1” larger then the pattern you are using.
3. It is helpful to mark the glass surface where the stencil will be placed to make sure it is not off-center or crooked.
4. Remove the shiny backing (release paper) from the back of the etchmask to expose the adhesive.
5. Align the etchmask carefully to the glass. Squeegee the etchmask to make sure it is smooth and there are no air bubbles.
6. If the etchmask is smaller than the glass, make sure that all areas NOT to be etched are covered with a strip of etchmask. (On a Rounded Surface, use four strips of etchmask and place on stencil. Lift halfway off stencil and pinch the corners to form a “well” to keep the etching crème in place).
7. Place a piece of graphite or carbon paper on top of the etchmask then your pattern. Carefully trace over your pattern so that the graphite or carbon paper makes a transfer to the etchmask. NOTE: Use a colored pencil or pen that is a different color than the lines of your pattern so you will be able to see if you traced all the lines.
8. With the etchall swivel knife, cut out the design by running the knife around the edges of the pattern, just as you traced it. Always hold the knife straight up and own, using only the tip. A firm touch is all that is required. Cut an entire piece without lifting the blade. Cut all in one motion. By cutting this way, you will never have little “tails” on your pattern caused by starting and stopping. Once you have a piece cut, make a small cut in the center of the cut piece using the pick/cut tool, slide the blade into the cut and lift the piece out. For best results, cut and lift out one piece at a time. Do not cut all the pieces first. Occasionally a cut may come very close to the outline of another piece. By cutting and lifting a piece at a time, you can make any adjustments to the cut of the the next piece. Continue cutting and lifting until the entire pattern has been cut out. Place the glossy backing paper over the design and using the squeegee rub down all the edges. Rub a finger over the design surface to feel for any loose edges or tails. If you have any tails, carefully cut them away. This is a very important step. The clean lines of your etched image depends on there being no uneven or loose edges on your pattern. If there is any adhesive residue on the exposed glass, rub it off with a fingertip. DO NOT use glass cleaner at this step as it can destroy the adhesive properties of the etchmask. Apply etchall etching crème according to directions.
9. Once surface has been etched, return used etching crème back to jar, rinse etched surface well.
10. Remove the etchmask under running water. Dry glass.
ETCHMASK IS COMPATIBLE WITH ALL DIGITAL CRAFT CUTTERS.