Don’t you hate when you have a really cool thing planned and you get all of your materials, and you do everything, and it’s working out so nicely. You go through all of the steps, and you even get awesome photos, and spend a lot of time doing exacting work. Then, you get to the end, and you say to your husband, “Well, etching never looks like it’s etched while it’s wet, but when it’s dry, the pattern always emerges!” ?
But…no….not this time!
I did discover something. I had actually read it at some point, but never thought I had to check what my cute little star ornaments were made of. Let me go to the beginning, as you are probably a little confused. I had these glass star ornaments I bought before Christmas last year, thinking I would put my Granddaughter and Grandson’s names or initials on them. But I never got them done and so I put them away.
Last week I had an inspiration. I would etch their initials in the middle and decorate them using my Cricut. It would be a great project for Handmade Monday and a nice little gift they could hang on their doors with a ribbon. Great!
So, I cut out the pieces of sticky vinyl on my Cricut, arranged them ever so artistically, and took amazing photos! I slathered on the etching medium and waited the requisite time and a little longer. Then I rinsed and dried them. Disappointment! Nothing. Oh, you could see just a very slight and vague shadow in a few spots, but no, really nothing! I was crushed. What had gone wrong?
I googled, and it appears that my beautiful little stars must be made of pyrex or something similar, which does not etch. Oh sorrow and despair! Well, I do have lovely images to share, and I’m salvaging the little stars with another project, which I will share maybe next week. The lesson, I suppose is, know your materials. Or, always be ready to do something else.