Thursday, January 6, 2011

The B Mug!

Remember when I tried to make Martha Stewart's supposedly very easy etched snowflake glasses?  Yeah? Remember how it was a total failure?  I do not like total craft failures so I plugged along with a different method that day that worked out a lot better.  So I present to you the B Mug...
I made this wonderful etched glass Beer mug for B for his birthday.  As you can see from the beer residue on the bottom, he used it. 

Making this was not as hard as I thought it would be.

Etched Glass Mug
Supplies-Contact paper (I found this in the home improvement section of Wal-Mart), Beer Mug (or any glass), Exacto Knife, Etching Cream (from Michael's), Computer/Printer

-I typed up a big 'B' in Microsoft word and then picked a font I liked and printed it out.
-Then I took a small piece of contact paper and traced over it with a marker.
-Then I peeled the back off the contact paper and stuck it to the mug (where I wanted the 'B' to be)
-I then carved out the 'B' with the Exacto knife (be careful because of the two holes in the B that you have to keep on the glass in order for the 'B' to look right)
-Then I painted a THICK layer of the Exacto cream on and left it on for about 2 minutes.
-Then I washed it all off.

It came out a lot better than the snowflake glasses.  Be careful with the etching cream.  You are supposed to wear gloves (I guess, so you don't accidentally etch your hand).  I would follow the directions on whatever cream you get.  We found that it was important to use a thick layer in order for it to work.

I also made my family some etched juice glasses for Christmas morning breakfast.  Those came out pretty good too. 

Are you happy that I turned my Martha Stewart Craft fail day in to a success?
Did you hand make any Christmas gifts?


Anonymous said...

What a great idea! And it really did turn out well.
I might have to use this for my Christmas gifts next year

Jenni said...

B for beer or B for B's name? Hmmm....

Anonymous said...

The juice glasses are great, really! You picked just the right size, and for those who might also enjoy a Bloody Mary on special family occasions, it's great to have the initial on each glass so nobody accidentally drinks from another's glass.

Elle Sees said...

i love it. and i'll take one !

Bonnie said...

It turned out lovely. Eric greatly enjoys his mug that you had me make for him as well, though i think B's turned out better