Paper Jewelry

Paper Jewelry

Monday, May 30, 2016

Thankful for Freedom!!!

Hi there, today I wanted to share a project I made to honor those who have served for our country. Freedom is something we should never take for granted, so many have served and sacrificed everything.

I wanted to make something that I could add some lights to so I used a glass block for crafting.
Etching a design on glass using Etching cream from, next time to take out the etchmask and do some hand cutting.

Once you have all the etchmask pieces ready, before I removed the backing I placed the pieces on the glass until I had the design I wanted.  I peeled all the pieces and placed them, this block is now ready for the next step.

Next it's time to apply the etching cream all over the glass, making sure to cover it completely, it's always good to add a lot of cream to make sure you don't miss any spots.  I used a popsicle stick to add and spread the etching cream.  It only takes 15 minutes for the etching to take place, once the time is up, make sure to remove all the cream and return it back to the jar, this product is reusable.   Once you removed the cream, you can now rinse it off the glass, I do this under cool running water in the bathroom sink, make sure to read the directions on the bottle or at the website, to remove the cream safely.

Now, here you can see how the glass looks, all the areas that were covered with the etching cream look frosted, which is what you want, in case you missed any spots, you can go back and apply some more cream, wait the 15 minutes, rinse and it will etch for you. 

Once you rinsed, checked the etched areas, dried your glass, make sure to remove all the etchmask from the glass, once you've removed everything go back and rinse your glass one more time.  Here you can see me etched glass block, it's all done, and it's ready for some painting.

I decided to use some glass paints for this piece.

For this project I decided some of the painting will be done on the front of the glass, here you can see I painted all the stripes and the stars on the outside.

I left a few tiny stars alone, I figured once I add the blue paint, you will still be able to see the tiny stars.  I can always go back and paint them in white if I change my mind.

 Now it was time to add some white and blue to this piece, but I used a paint brush and my fingertips to add these two colors on the inside of the glass so you can still see the etched areas.

Here you can see the white paint has been applied on the inside but only on the areas where the red stripes are painted, now time to apply the blue paint.
Here's what the inside looks like, not to pretty but it is inside the glass so not to worry.

Here is the glass block all painted inside and out, ready for some more decorating.

I applied some black paint all around the glass glass block to create a frame, added some modpodge to apply some ribbon over the black paint.

I added a string of lights some inside the glass block and then the rest I wrapped them around the block.  These multi function lights they have have 6 different settings and the 7th setting does all the others combined, they look very pretty in the dark.  

Here is my finished piece, all decorated and ready for night time, so we can see all the pretty lights go on and off.

 I hope you enjoyed my project.  Happy crafting.

Material used:

DecoBloc - glass block for crafting
Pebeo mixed media paints
Etchall etching cream and etchmask
Popsicle mixing stick
Paint brushes

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

DIY, Colorful Etched Glass Pots!!

Hi there, today I want to share a pretty colorful and fun project.  I wanted to play around with my etching cream and before going to a bigger glass piece, I took these little ones and decided to etch a pattern on them.  I've never used a brush to apply etching cream on my glass projects, but today I wanted to do something different, I wanted an unusual pattern, instead of using a stencil or the designer tips to etch, I wanted to see brush strokes, this could only happen if I used a brush, something you normally don't want as a result on your piece unless that's what you are going for.

I wanted a pattern on my glass pieces that somewhat would resemble a basket weave look.  So I took out a few paint brushes that had hard bristles so I could get the etching design I was looking for.

On the photo below you can see how I applied the etching cream, I left it alone for 15 minutes before rinsing it off,  Had I done this project using a stencil to show a checker pattern, I would have applied the cream more heavy and would have removed the extra cream back in the bottle, however the way I applied it, it was a very thin application, and it pretty much dried on the glass, so I really didn't have any cream to return back to the bottle.

Here are a few close-ups of the etched glasses, you can see the brush strokes left behind.  

Time to rinse off the etching cream and see what I had to work with.  I liked the effect I got on these two glass containers, now I had to figure out how to add paints without covering up all the etched areas.

I liked the etching results, the idea of painting these without following any specific lines is like been able to color outside the lines. I can't wait to do this again.

I played around for a while, adding crimson and green, then adding some yellow and some gray, finally a bit of black paint to bring out the pretty bright colors even more, I managed to leave enough clear etched areas on these.  I love the bright colors and I think I want to make a few more, maybe I'll bring out some of my ethnic sketches I keep so I can have more fun etching and painting. 

These are ready to hold some pretty flowers, or candies, or maybe these can be my new size tequila shot glasses.

Materials used:

Etchall Eetching Creme
Ashland Glass flower pot votive holder from Michaels
Pebeo vitrail paints
Paint brushes

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

DIY Spring Lamp

The weather around us here in Indiana has been a bit crazy lately.  With Spring finally here we expected to get a bit of warm weather and along with the showers we were hoping to see pretty flowers blooming and the grass getting green and but instead it's been pretty cold, with snow coming down on April.  However we can't wait to see lots of pretty flowers everywhere soon and enjoy the outdoors a bit more.

I received  a pretty etchall® lighten-up Kit that includes; one self-illuminating lampshade, one plastic sleeve, one template and instruction guide, it does require 3 AA batteries (not included).  

I needed a base for this pretty lamp shade so I went looking in my box of glass containers and in the recycling bin, and well it turned out that my bottle was in the refrigerator, I had this energy drink I got from Vegan Cuts, that was the perfect size for this project. I don't like energy drinks but this was a healthy and vegan option that I really enjoyed drinking.  I love to use recycled items in my crafting so this was double the fun for me.  

Now the kit includes a template in case you want to use fabric, or paper to create a cover for the shade, however I loved how transparent the shade was, so I decided it would be more fun to just paint over the shade and keep the template in case I want to change the look of the shade later on.

I knew that since I was missing the beautiful spring flowers, that this project would be all about "spring flowers".   

To start I applied one light coat of white acrylic paint to completely paint the entire shade, then I used Martha Stewart's craft glass paint in a light green to add grass to the bottom part of the shade, using a stencil I added a few flowers around the shade.  You can use any type of paints on this shade, I thought using glass paints on the shade would allow for the light to come through all the painted areas.

On the photos below you can see how I transformed the shade into a pretty garden filled with colorful flowers.

Here you have the finished lamp shade, I decided to color the removable top of the shade in white and blue, to represent a bright and beautiful spring time sky.   I had to add some flowers to the top of the shade, so I used hot glue to add some Prima flowers and a bit of white tulle in the center, now my shade is done and it's time to get started on it's base.

Here is the shade all lighted up

Now, lets get some etching done, after I finished my energy drink, I washed the bottle, removed the label, which I have to admit came off really easy, I used a disinfecting wipe to remove the glue left on the glass bottle from the label, washed it again, dried it and my bottle was ready for an etched make-over. 

As I was working on my shade, I had an idea for the base, I thought it would look nice if I etched trees on the base, but without the branches and the leaves.  I figured the best way to make this work was to use  etchall® etchmask so I took out my Westcott paper trimmer and cut a lot of strips from the etchmask, as you can see on the photos below, these were in different sizes.

At first I thought I would use the etching cream, but realized that the best product for this project was etchall® dip'n etch liquid, I looked around for a container that could hold the glass bottle and the empty Lysol wipe container was a perfect fit.   After adding the etchmask strips to the bottle, I filled it with water to keep it from floating out of the etching liquid. It actually took all of the etching liquid to etch this bottle, after 15 minutes, I removed the glass bottle and rinsed it off, the etching liquid went back in the etching container, this product can be used over and over again. 

Here you see the glass bottle is filled with water, then it was placed inside the plastic container, let it etch for 15 minutes (per instructions).

Once you remove your glass bottle from the etching liquid, you have to rinse it off under running water, empty the water out and dry it.  It was so much fun removing the etchmask strips from the bottle, loved how it looked, now it's time to add some color to all the areas that weren't etched, these are supposed to represent trees as if they were in a forest. 

Here you have the etched glass bottle that will become the base for my spring inspired lamp.

I used glass paints from Martha Stewart and from Pēbēo to make the trees stand out, you can see below, some are brown and some are green, at the bottom of the glass I added some green glass paint to represent grass.  I had thought about adding some more flowers at the bottom of the glass using stencils, but instead I took out some more Prima flowers, trimmed them to fit my bottle and hot glued them, I love butterflied so I just had to add one to my bottle.  

I know you can't see the top of the glass bottle once you add the shade, but I just had to decorate it, this way if I decide to change the look of my lamp later on, I can still use this pretty glass bottle as a vase, so I hot glued a pretty piece of fabric ribbon, wrapped it around the top of the bottle and added one more flower to finish it up.  

Here are two close-ups of the bottom of the glass bottle.


Here you have the finished bottle, all decorated ready for the lamp shade.

Let me share a few more close ups of this glass bottle, I really loved the finished look and can't wait to empty out my recycling bin, I will be transforming all my glass bottles into pretty vases using this one as inspiration.  I really loved the finished piece. 

Top of the bottle

close-up of bottom 

Can you see the frosted glass, how pretty, love how the painted areas look against the etched glass

The new look of my recycled glass bottle
Now time to show you the new Spring inspired lamp created with etchall® lighten-up Kit.

I turned off the lights in the house to see how it looked and just love it, the light comes through the shade, so glad I used glass paints on the shade the transparency of the paints allows for the light to come right through. 

 I thought I showed how it looks with the lights on in the room.  Just love this pretty lamp.

Now just had to share a photo of the two pieces that make this pretty lamp, here you can see the inside of the shade, see where the lights are, there's a button you press to turn the lights off, all you have to do is press it back to turn the lights on when needed.  Here you can see the two products that allowed me to etch this glass bottle and give it a pretty make-over. 

This pretty lamp sitting outside my front porch on a cloudy and cold morning, hoping mother nature lets us enjoy the beauty of Spring soon.  Until then this pretty lamp will make me smile every time I see it, reminding me that soon, we'll have pretty flowers everywhere. 

Etchall Products used:
etchall® lighten-up Kit
Etchall® dip'n etch liquid
Etchall® etchmask

Other products used:
Recycled glass bottle
Recycled plastic container
Prima flowers and butterfly
Pēbēo Vitral glass paints
Martha Stewart Crafts® Glass Paints
Martha Stewart Adhesive Stencils 2-sheet/pk- Blossoms
Fabric ribbon
AdTech hot glue and glue gun
Westcott paper trimmer

This DIY Spring Inspired Lamp was created for and sponsored by Etchall