etchall® dip ‘n etch is a re-usable liquid, the consistency of water, used for submerging your project to create an overall etched surface.
SUPPLIES NEEDED: etchall® dip ‘n etch, object to etch, plastic container (large enough to hold the object), water, marker or grease pencil, marbles (if your object is hollow)
A 2 liter plastic soda bottle with the top cut off works great as a dipping container. Save the top to use as a funnel for returning your dip to the jar!
NOTE: Because dip ‘n etch requires submerging your etchable, it’s important that you order enough for your project! Contact us for advice on what size to order for the project you have in mind.
Measuring How Much You Will Need
1. Set object to be etched in empty plastic container and fill the container with water to the height of your desired etch. This is how you will measure exactly how much dip you need to use.
To keep a hollow glass object from floating, fill with marbles or some other weight.
2. Remove the object from the container and mark the water level with a marker or grease pencil. Pour out the water and thoroughly dry both the plastic container and object. You do not want to get water in your dip ‘n etch!
Prepare Your Etchable
3. Make sure your object is clean and thoroughly dry. You do not want to get water in your dip ‘n etch!
4. Apply any stencils, stickers, resist gel to the parts of your object that you don’t want to be etched. If you want to etch the entire thing without a design, move on to the next step.
For partial dipping, such as the edge of a glass or the stem of a wine bottle, use tape as a mask to make sure your line stays straight.
Applying a 3-Part Stencil
1. Peel the release paper on the back of the vinyl to expose an inch or so of the adhesive. Align and carefully adhere the exposed adhesive to the glass using a squeegee. Continue peeling back more and more of the stencil, squeegeeing it down piece by piece so that it is smooth and free of air bubbles.
Measure and mark the glass with a marker or grease pencil to make sure your stencil is properly aligned and centered.
2. Carefully, remove the transfer sheet from the face of the stencil.
3. Slowly peel off the background of the stencil, making sure the pieces of the design don’t peel up with it. You may want to use a cut/pick knife to cut the background into pieces to make it easier to peel up. (be careful not to cut your design!)
4. Once the background is removed, place the release paper on top of the design and rub down with the squeegee. Check for any small patches of adhesive that may remain on the exposed glass and rub them off with your finger.
Time to Dip!
4. Pour dip ‘n etch into the container to the level that you marked.
5. Place the object in container and leave in for 15 minutes.
6. Remove object from container and rinse under running water. Clean and rinse with soap and water.
7. Pour dip ‘n etch from plastic container back into the original jar to be re-used.
8. When etching multiple objects with dip ‘n etch, watch your measured mark and make sure the dip reaches the line each time.
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SUPPLIES NEEDED: etchall® etching crème, squeegee, detail pick knife, surface to etch, 3-part stencil PREPARATION: Cover work area with paper or plastic drop cloth. Clean the surface to be etched with water or alcohol. (Not glass cleaner, which might leave residue!)...