Welcome to my stop on the Silhouette Design Team Favorites Blog Hop & Giveaway! You should have arrived here from Brittany’s blog, but if you get lost you can always start back at the beginning here. Today, we are each showcasing our favorite Silhouette products and then offering you a chance to win them! I’ve chosen the Glass Etching Starter Kit as my favorite because I love how etching elevates any simple piece of glassware or mirrored surface. For my project, though, I wanted to try something a bit different…so I made these wintry etched lightbulbs that are pretty to look at on their own, but also cast gorgeous light patterns around the room.
I began by designing my vinyl stencils in the Studio software. I knew I wanted to use snowflakes and holly because I thought these would create some beautiful patterns on my walls. There are many, many snowflake designs in the store, but I actually thought this snowflake spray card design would give me a great variety of shapes that could easily be cut at the tiny size I needed for my bulb. I simply opened the design up in my software, clicked on the Ungroup icon, and deleted the card border cut lines.
Then, to make sure I had enough of each snowflake design, I duplicated the entire set of shapes. To do this quickly, I opened the Replicate Window (arrow 1) and clicked on Column of Three (arrow 2).
Since my bulb was spherical, I decided to apply the stencils by hand and avoid making the job more difficult using transfer paper. This also meant I could save on stencil vinyl by nesting all of the shapes into the top portion of the workspace. First, I had to open the Design Page Settings Window (arrow 1) and change the width of my page (arrow 2) to reflect the dimensions of my media (9 inches wide).
After opening the Nesting Window (arrow 1) and clicking the Nest button (arrow 2), all of my snowflakes were scrunched perfectly into just 3 inches of vinyl.
Next, I opened up my holly design, replicated it several times, and resized them to a variety of sizes.
So that I could stencil groups of holly rather than just single holly leaves, I selected the entire group of leaves, opened the Replicate Window (arrow 1), and clicked Mirror Right (arrow 2). Now I was ready to cut. And because I only needed to cut a small piece of stencil vinyl, I placed the media onto my cutting mat and sent it through my CAMEO using the default settings for vinyl in the program.
I placed the vinyl stickers one by one onto my lightbulbs in a random pattern. Before applying the etching solution, I removed any fingerprints that might impede the etching process by wiping each bulb with a paper towel soaked in rubbing alcohol (isopropanol).
Now comes the weird contraption I built to hang my bulbs up while etching them… I wanted to coat the entire glass surface of the bulb and realized that I wouldn’t be able to put my bulb down while working on it because any holder I used would ultimately touch the glass. So, I built a third hand by securing a dowel between two storage bins and tying the bulbs to the dowel with baker’s twine. Then I applied the etching cream using an old paintbrush (which was easier for me to use than the scraper tool because of the odd shape of the bulbs). Please note the safety gloves and newspaper drop cloth…you don’t want to “etch” your skin or work surface too!
After a minute or two, I removed the etching cream by carefully wiping the bulbs off with damp paper towels. You can save the cream and put it back in the jar, but I used so little on this project that I didn’t think it was worth the trouble. When your bulbs are clean, you can just peel off your stencil vinyl.
Here is a detail photo of my finished bulbs. I am always amazed at the detail you can achieve when you etch using Silhouette Stencil Vinyl.
The globe lightbulbs I chose had a normal base, so they fit into most standard lamps as shown here. But, you can also arrange a group of them hanging upside down using a standard light cord kit to form your own unique fixture (as in my main photo).
Depending on the angle and distance of your bulb from the wall, you can create all sorts of interesting patterns with these bulbs. And something about the frostiness of etching is perfect for decorating this time of year.
I’m so glad I had the opportunity to share my project with you today. Now’s your chance to win your own Glass Etching Starter Kit! Enter using the Rafflecopter giveaway form below. And don’t forget to hop along to all of the Silhouette Design Team members’ blogs for a chance to win even more fabulous Silhouette products! Your next stop is Dawn Warnaar…she always creates gorgeous projects with her Silhouette so you are sure to love what she is sharing today! And if you found yourself at my blog to start the hop, you can always work your way backwards too by heading to Brittany Saz’s site (beautiful, inspiring projects and photography to die for)!
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- Winner cannot have won another Silhouette America giveaway in the past 90 days.
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Good luck! And if you’re looking for even more etching inspiration, you can check out the projects below. What will you be etching for the holidays?
- Snowy Village Etched Cake Dome
- Etched Autumn Vases
- Etched Mason Jar Lantern
- Recycled Wine Bottle Candle Holders
- Mother’s Day Shadow Box