03 June 2019

How I changed a plain vase!

Hi Everyone, something new today, last year my sister in law asked if I would make a 70th birthday present for her flower arranging sister, of course, I replied.

As SiL lives a few hundred miles away I had to buy a vase. At the time, it looked like every shop I went into was stopping selling vases! I had limited choice so chose this one. I had forgotten I had these piccies and project, so thought I would share them today.

This was the design SiL decided on, I designed it on the Silhouette Cameo, I can't find the flower to identify it.

I cut the image out of vinyl on the Cameo, removing the pieces of the image.

I added a transfer sheet to be able to pick up the vinyl in one piece

ensuring there were no bubbles between the 2 sheets

I was then able to pick up both pieces, removing the vinyl from the carrier sheet

I transferred the vinyl to the vase, making sure that the vinyl was adhered well,  with no bubbles, then removed the transfer sheet.

from previous experience and as I always drop some cream, I added plenty of covering to the vase with sticky tape, which prevents any of the cream getting onto the glass.  YEP! it etches the glass immediately.

I added lots of etching cream, in this case "Etchall". I move the cream with an ice lolly stick most of the time it's on the item, ensuring no surface is left untouched by the cream.

After about 15 minutes, the instructions says less, but I like to leave it longer.
 When time is up I take most of the cream off and replace it into the container, ready for next time, the remaining cream is washed off under a cold tap in the sink. The vinyl and sticky tape is removed and I have a wonderful etched vase that is there for life.

The following photos show it finished with a black background, as it's difficult to show the glass etched in a photograph. I was really pleased with the end result.

I'm glad to say SiL's sister was  thrilled with her present.

I saw this quote on Elizabeth Dulemba blog and thought it was just perfect for us crafters. She has some wonderful colouring pages that I have used a lot, BUT not recently, now that reminds me, there HAS to be a return to these images asap.

     "You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don't know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don't know who your friends are, you don't know what you owe anybody, you don't know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen." 
— Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth


Lynne said...

Your etching is beautiful and what a wonderful present to give.
Lynne x

Mia said...

Wow, Faith!!! This is soooooo creative! What a fabulous vase you made!!!!! I love this black vinyl you chose!!!!! Hugs, my dear friend.

Carol L said...

This is a priceless gift, and so special for the occasion! I'd be dumbfounded if I ever received a gift like this!! I had no idea there was anything called etching cream - DUH! This turned out absolutely stunning, and I love the little quote of truism you shared too :)

Shona Erlenborn said...

This is amazing! What a beautiful present.

Crafting with Darcy said...

Faith, this is so gorgeous and what a great keepsake! Thanks for providing your steps! I may try this sometime. It is really special!

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Wow this is amazing, so clever and so beautiful

Beebeebabs said...

Wow great project - love it thanks for sharing!!!

wannabcre8tive said...

The vase is just beautiful. I can see why your sister in law loved it so much.

crafty-stamper said...

WOW this is amazing what a brilliant beautiful keepsake and fabulous technique -great quote too
Carol x

Viv said...

Wow this is just amazing Faith! Such a fabulous idea too,you are so clever 😀 hugs Viv xx

Hetty said...

This is such a beautiful design and the result is wonderful, Faith.
You are so clever with your silhouette.

Shirley Young said...

It looks really beautiful Faith and a wonderful keepsake. Etching is something I have never tried mostly because because I think etching cream and two lively little cats would not be a good mix, they are bad enough when there is glitter around !!

Linby said...

You should be proud of it Faith - absolutely stunning finished effect.

Nancy said...

Beautiful vase, Faith! The design is really lovely! The first time I used etching cream it was for a demo at a craft shop. Soon I was etching anything and everything! lol I found it to be very addicting! Thanks for sharing the lovely quote! :o)

Brenda said...

Your etching turned out beautiful Faith! I love the design, so pretty are those flowers. Etching is hard to photograph, but you have done a great job of it. Glad SIL love it as I love it too! I also love the quote at the end, so true. Hugs, Brenda

Mac Mable said...

Faith you are so talented and so very creative. What a stunning etching effect and worth all the hard work. So unique and personal....I bet she loved it? x
Thank you for the quote too at the end of your post x

cotnob said...

This is fabulous Faith, beautiful flowers and great etching.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

Katie said...

This is beautiful

Inkyfingers said...

Wow Faith - this is a stunning gift and I'm sure it will be truly appreciated. I know how tricky it can be doing the etching on a vase. I had a try myself if you'd like to take a look.
Carol x

Greta said...

Wow--I'm speechless! That vase is an absolute treasure! You could sell these in a boutique!

Pat K said...

Bore da Faith. What a fabulous creation. I'm sure this gift will be treasured. You always impress me with your talent. xx