Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Easy Etching Tutorial

Sometimes I wish I could etch my face...

Difficulty: Easy
Cost: $10-20 (but once you have the stuff, it'll last you forever!)
Time: 30 minutes
Fun-ness: When the bottle says: any contact = a call to poison control, then yeah. It's fun. 

Materials
Armour Etch Cream
Paint Brush
Glass Surface
Exacto Knife
Masking Tape
Water

Directions
Step 1: Prep the Tape
Place a strip of thick masking tape over your glass. Using your fingernail, scratch back and forth over the entire strip, to create a better seal between the tape and the glass. Using permanent marker, write your word (You may want to print it, and then cut over the printed image...but I was lazy, and just winged it



Step 2: Cut it out
Using your exacto knife, carefully cut around all the edges...If you are awesome and own a Silhouette / Cricut, you could cut it out onto contact paper and save yourself the work, but I was once again feeling lazy, and didn't want to go to the store to get contact paper (common theme...). Once you've cut it all out, remove the letters, and use your nail to push down the tape surrounding the letters (it'll help make the edges more "crisp")

Step 3: Etching!
Grab your etching cream...you might want to wear gloves, because if it comes in contact with your skin, you are in trou-ble (like poison control trouble). I was super careful, and didn't wear gloves, because, well, I'm a moron like that. Layer that crap on, like it's no tomorrow. Let it sit for 5-7 minutes (this is a good time for a Jello break...) and then wash it under hot water. This will get your tape off without you having to touch it. Dry it off, and you are D-O-N-E




Just don't use the "drink me" jar for peeing...
that'll get confusing real quick. 
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