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I was raised in South Florida back in the years when it was a peaceful and wonderfully safe place to live. We lived a mile from the beach and could ride our bikes over the intercoastal bridge right to the best beach around. All my years of growing up I was a competitive swimmer and belonged to AAU. I granduated from Florida State University with a BS degree in nursing. I am recently retired but I'm thinking of going back to work to support my hobbies.
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Friday, December 3, 2010

My Etched Glass Project

Here's a picture (again below the ad) of the etched glass Christmas "block" that I gave to my hairdresser.  I made it last night, and I thought it turned out so pretty that I'd show it to you.  It's so easy, but you should wear rubber gloves and old clothes, because that etching cream is wicked stuff and can eat up your skin if you get it on you.  Here's what I did:
          You will need:
                  1 - glass block with an opening in the bottom (found at Hobby Lobby)
                  1 - small bottle of glass etching cream (also found at Hobby Lobby in the stained glass section.)
                  1- adhesive backed vinyl stencil ( I used my Cricut and the Cricut vinyl to cut out the snowflake).
                  1 - string of about 25 small white Christmas lights
                  2 inch wide wired Christmas ribbon - enough to make a pretty bow.
                  rubber gloves - just cheap throw away ones, if you want
                  1 - one inch hobby paint brush or foam disposable brush (Hobby Lobby).

First, wash the glass block with warm dish soap and water to get the grease and those irritating price tags and labels off.  Dry well, and take out the plastic cover from the hole at the bottom, in case any water got in.  Then cut your stencil out of adhesive vinyl or adhesive shelf paper - anything that will stick on good but can be removed when you're through.  Stick it on the front of the glass and smooth it out well, making sure that all edges are stuck on good.  Then apply the etching cream very thickly all over the front face of the block - including all over the stencil.  Rinse the brush off with warm water, and it can be used again.  Ignore the directions on the etching bottle, because these blocks have very thick glass.  Leave the etching cream on for 40 minutes, at least, and sit down and have a hot toddy or eat supper.  When the 40 minutes is up, hold the block under the faucet and run lukewarm water over it rather forcefully, and, lo and behold, when the cream is all gone, and you have peeled off your stencil,  you will have a frosted glass front to your block with a beautiful design on it.  Ta Da!!
Wasn't that easy?  Now you can do like I did and etch every piece of glass in your house.  When the block is dried off well, put the string of lights inside, leaving a good length so it can be plugged in.  Wrap around the block with the ribbon and do a nice bow on top, and there you are.  I'm sure you'll be pleased with the results, and they make great gifts for friends.  Have fun with it.  That's my project for today - hope you liked it.

I did manage to finally get my hair cut today, so now I have my spikey look back again.  I am a happy camper.  Best wishes.

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