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Etching Materials Other Than Glass With Your Silhouette

Etching Materials Other Than Glass with Your Silhouette by Annie Williams - Detail

Did you know that you can use your Silhouette Etching Cream to etch more than just glass? I picked up this cute set of mismatched cappuccino mugs at the store and wanted to dress them up a bit for autumn. Since the glaze used on stoneware like this is glass-based, I thought I might be able to stencil a custom design into the side of each one…and I love the subtle effect I was able to achieve!

What You’ll Need:

  • Ceramic mugs
  • Stencil Vinyl
  • Etching Cream
  • Silhouette CAMEO®
  • Hook Tool
  • Scraper Tool

Designs Used:

STEP ONE: OPEN YOUR DESIGN IN SILHOUETTE STUDIO®

Etching Materials Other Than Glass with Your Silhouette by Annie Williams - Resize Design

Open one of the flourished leaves design in Silhouette Studio®. There will be a set of two cut lines for each leaf—a simple outline and a flourished shape. Move the outline aside and resize the flourished shape:

  1. Open the Scale Window. 
  2. Enter an appropriate value in the “height” and “width” boxes. 
  3. Click “Apply.”

STEP TWO: CREATE A STENCIL

Etching Materials Other Than Glass with Your Silhouette by Annie Williams - Draw Rectangle

In order to create a reasonably-sized stencil out of the design, you will need to:

  1. Draw a rectangle around the resized shape using the Rectangle Tool.

Leave enough room around the leaf to prevent etching cream from touching any part of the mug you don’t want to etch, but make the stencil small enough to handle easily.

STEP THREE: SEND TO SILHOUETTE

Etching Materials Other Than Glass with Your Silhouette by Annie Williams - Final Stencils

When you have finished creating each of your stencils:

  1. Insert your stencil vinyl into your Silhouette CAMEO®. 
  2. Adjust your blade to the recommended setting of 1. 
  3. Send your project to the machine to cut.

STEP FOUR: WEED AND APPLY STENCIL

Etching Materials Other Than Glass with Your Silhouette by Annie Williams - Stencil

  1. Once cut, use your hook tool to weed each stencil.
  2. Apply transfer paper and move the stencil to your ceramic mug, pressing firmly with the scraper tool to ensure that all of the intricate vinyl bits are adhered well.

For oddly-shaped objects like this, it helps to begin applying the stencil from the center and slowly smooth it onto the object towards the edges. Ripples in the vinyl near the outer edges of the stencil are okay (and hard to avoid if the surface is not perfectly flat), as long the border around your actual design is unbroken.

STEP FIVE: ETCH THE DESIGN

  1. Apply a thin coat of etching cream over the stencil, being careful not to get cream elsewhere on the piece.
  2. Allow to sit for a minute or two, scrape off any excess cream, and rinse the piece to remove the remainder.
  3. Remove the stencil and admire the beautiful, subtle pattern on your custom autumn cappuccino mugs!

In addition to ceramic and glass, etching cream will also work on mirrors and porcelain.

Which new surface will you be trying first?

Annie Williams

Hello Silhouette fans! I'm so excited to be back on the Creative Team again this year. I am a scientist by training, but I have always been interested in art and art history as well. I enjoy sharing fun gift, home decor, and handmade card ideas over on my blog. My projects often reflect my other interests which include outdoorsy things like hiking, biking, and canoeing as well as a love of travel, small towns, and nature photography. I've been happily married for nearly 10 years to a man who is incredibly tolerant of my ever-growing craft supply stash...and we recently welcomed a new little boy into our lives as well.

Products Used:

New Silhouette CAMEO®

Blade

hook

scraper

stencil vinyl

etching cream

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9 comments

  1. Ooh, those are beautiful, Annie! So glad you shared this. 🙂

  2. Thanks for sharing, I never gave it a thought that this could be done on surfaces other than glass!

    1. You’re welcome Marilyn! You’d be amazed at some of the other surfaces etching cream works on!

  3. Okay so why haven’t I ever thought to do this to anything other than glass!! Thanks! I actually have a few mugs I wanted to use vinyl on, but not anymore!

    1. That’s what motivated me to try this…I thought there had to be a prettier way to decorate mugs!

  4. These look great! Thank you for sharing this; I didn’t realize etching would work on other surfaces 🙂

  5. What kind/brand of etching cream did you use? I have seen mixed reviews for etching creams. Thanks

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