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Etched Tiered Plates

by Patti DeRenzo

Transferring the design

Cover the area you are working at with plastic. For etching the bottom and top of the plates, clean the plates with soap and water and dry well with a lint-free paper towel. To make sure there is no oil residue on the plate. I also take a cotton ball and wipe over the plate with rubbing alcohol. Allow drying.

Trace the bottom plate design (provided) onto a 12” by 12” piece of tracing paper and the top plate design unto a 10” by 10” piece of tracing paper. Then scan your design through the Brother Scan N Cut or other cutting devices. Now place your etch mask onto the cutting mat and run it through the machine to cut out the design. (Circuit, Silhouette whatever you are used to using). If you don’t have a cutting machine you can place a piece of etch mask or a large piece of contact paper, a bit larger than the plate and remove the plastic backing to expose the adhesive vinyl and place it over the entire bottom of the plates (this is for the dinner plate & salad plate). It may take a bit of shifting the pattern around and maybe even cutting it in places to make it fit. If there is any exposed glass, cover it with painter’s tape and seal it down well.  Also, make sure the outer rim of the place is well covered as well as the center. Slide a piece of transfer paper under the design. Using a pen or sharp pencil trace the design onto the etchmask or the contact paper. Gently lift the design and look at the plate to make sure the whole design is transferred Now cut out the design using a combination of the etchall swivel knife and pick knife. Use the etchall detail pick to pick out any pieces. Now use the etchall squeegee to rub-down the air bubbles.  Remove the pieces that are to be etched.

Etching the Plates

Using the etchall etching crème, Stir the crème and then gently pour the etchall crème onto the contact paper. Use the squeegee to pull the crème over the exposed glass. Leave the crème on for 15 minutes.  Use the squeegee to return the cream to the jar for reuse.  Rinse the plate in water and remove the excess cream. (Be careful not to get any etching crème on marble counters as the crème will etch marble also) When the excess crème is completely rinsed off remove the adhesive design.

Dip n’ etch

Cover the area you are working at with plastic. Remove any residue on the outside of the glass with a paper towel moistened with alcohol.  Place the candlestick holder you want to etch in an empty plastic container.  Fill the container with water to the height of the candlestick holder. Now mark the outside of the container with a permeant sharpie pen where the water line is. Now pour dip n’ etch into the container up to the watermark line.  Place the glass into the container and leave it in the dip n’ etch for 15 minutes.  At the end of 15 minutes remove the glass and rinse it under running water.  Pat dry. Using the Dollar store funnel return the solution to the original container.

 

Gluing the Candle Stick Holder

Place a small bead of E-6000 glue around the top edge of the candle holder. Turn the 7” salad plate upside down on a level surface. Turn the candlestick holder upside down so that the glue adheres to the center of the 7” place. Weight down with a heavy object like a book. Allow to sit for 24 hours. Place the candlestick holder in the center of the 10” dinner plate. You now have a lovely plate to serve cookies, candies, cupcakes, or Hors d’oeuvres.

I prefer not to glue the candlestick holder to the bottom of the plate for easier storage. Enjoy. 

Transferring the design

Cover the area you are working at with plastic. For etching the bottom and top of the plates, clean the plates with soap and water and dry well with a lint-free paper towel. To make sure there is no oil residue on the plate. I also take a cotton ball and wipe over the plate with rubbing alcohol. Allow drying.

Trace the bottom plate design (provided) onto a 12” by 12” piece of tracing paper and the top plate design unto a 10” by 10” piece of tracing paper. Then scan your design through the Brother Scan N Cut or other cutting devices. Now place your etch mask onto the cutting mat and run it through the machine to cut out the design. (Circuit, Silhouette whatever you are used to using). If you don’t have a cutting machine you can place a piece of etch mask or a large piece of contact paper, a bit larger than the plate and remove the plastic backing to expose the adhesive vinyl and place it over the entire bottom of the plates (this is for the dinner plate & salad plate). It may take a bit of shifting the pattern around and maybe even cutting it in places to make it fit. If there is any exposed glass, cover it with painter’s tape and seal it down well.  Also, make sure the outer rim of the place is well covered as well as the center. Slide a piece of transfer paper under the design. Using a pen or sharp pencil trace the design onto the etchmask or the contact paper. Gently lift the design and look at the plate to make sure the whole design is transferred Now cut out the design using a combination of the etchall swivel knife and pick knife. Use the etchall detail pick to pick out any pieces. Now use the etchall squeegee to rub-down the air bubbles.  Remove the pieces that are to be etched.

Etching the Plates

Using the etchall etching crème, Stir the crème and then gently pour the etchall crème onto the contact paper. Use the squeegee to pull the crème over the exposed glass. Leave the crème on for 15 minutes.  Use the squeegee to return the cream to the jar for reuse.  Rinse the plate in water and remove the excess cream. (Be careful not to get any etching crème on marble counters as the crème will etch marble also) When the excess crème is completely rinsed off remove the adhesive design.

Dip n’ etch

Cover the area you are working at with plastic. Remove any residue on the outside of the glass with a paper towel moistened with alcohol.  Place the candlestick holder you want to etch in an empty plastic container.  Fill the container with water to the height of the candlestick holder. Now mark the outside of the container with a permeant sharpie pen where the water line is. Now pour dip n’ etch into the container up to the watermark line.  Place the glass into the container and leave it in the dip n’ etch for 15 minutes.  At the end of 15 minutes remove the glass and rinse it under running water.  Pat dry. Using the Dollar store funnel return the solution to the original container.

 

Gluing the Candle Stick Holder

Place a small bead of E-6000 glue around the top edge of the candle holder. Turn the 7” salad plate upside down on a level surface. Turn the candlestick holder upside down so that the glue adheres to the center of the 7” place. Weight down with a heavy object like a book. Allow to sit for 24 hours. Place the candlestick holder in the center of the 10” dinner plate. You now have a lovely plate to serve cookies, candies, cupcakes, or Hors d’oeuvres.

I prefer not to glue the candlestick holder to the bottom of the plate for easier storage. Enjoy. 

Items you will need for this project:

B & B Products, Inc

etchall dip ‘n etch                  

etchall detail pick  

etchall etching crème             

etchall squeegee

etchall etchmask   

Other Supplies Needed:

Patterns for desired Design: Christmas Pattern and Autumn Pattern

10” Glass Dinner Plate

7” Glass Salad Plate

4” Glass Candle Stick Holder

Paper Towels 

Old Plastic Container (deep enough to dip the candle holder into)

Scissors

Rubbing Alcohol

E-6000 Glue

Dollar store plastic funnel

Contact Paper or etchall etchmask 

Painters Tape

Black Transfer paper

Roll of tracing paper

Pencil or pen

A craft cutting machine  (Circuit, Silhouette or Brother Scan N Cut )

Helpful but not necessary. If you don’t have a cutting machine, then you will need the etchall swivel knife & pick knife. 

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