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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Etched Casserole Dishes Tutorial

Are you ready for another gift I made for my friend's wedding shower?  Here's a sneak peak.

Ever since I saw the etched glass on the Silhouette site, I have wanted to do it.  What better excuse than for wedding gifts?  I wanted to make my friend, Laura some personalized dishes.  The next time she goes to someone's home or to a potluck, no one can claim her dish, as it will have her initial or name on it!

If you don't have a Silhouette, don't quit reading! I will share ways you can do this without the Silhouette and without vinyl.

Here are the supplies you will need:
  • Contact paper or vinyl
  • Exacto Knife or Silhouette (or cricut)
  • Printed word, letter or shape OR Design what you want on the Silhouette software
  • Glass to etch (this can work on just about any surface) -I used two Pyrex dishes
  • Foam Paint brush (one time use)
  • Plastic gloves to protect your skin and Safety goggles would be good to protect your eyes as the Armour Etch is heavy duty stuff.
  • Armour Etch-(see picture below) I bought mine at Hobby Lobby with my 40%off coupon, but you can get it at any craft store.  This is an expensive bottle, but you will get a ton of uses out of this.  I didn't use a fourth of it and I did four large dishes.
Now, if you are using the Silhouette, design your shape, letter or words.  Before you cut it, you will want to transform it to be backwards (180 degree turn).  Then cut it on vinyl.   This will let you etch the bottom of a dish.  You don't need to do the turn if you are doing the outside of a dish.  I did the bottom and wanted it to be read through the dish.

If you aren't using a cutter, you can print out any shape, letter or word on a normal piece of paper.  Make sure your object is backwards for the bottom of your dish. Then trace it onto your contact paper (white or clear would probably work best).  Use your exacto knife and cut out the object. 

Then take your contact paper or vinyl and adhere it to the bottom of your dish.  Make sure that it is firmly adhered and that there aren't bubbles near the interior as it will distort the shape.  I practiced on my own dishes first.  I didn't take the time to firmly adhere and watch for bubbles.  My name didn't go on perfectly as the creme leaked under the vinyl.  Learn from my mistake and take the extra care to begin with.  Once you've done this there isn't any turning back.  It's permanent!

Below is the "S" I did for a square dish. 
The next one I did her new last name "Starling."  Make sure to put on the inner parts of your letters or they will look funny.  Notice that her "a" and "g" have inner parts that could be overlooked if you don't pay attention to this detail.
Now following the directions on the Armour Etch, generously lather the etching creme onto the letters or shape. (This would be a good time to use your plastic gloves and protective glasses too). Brush up and down and from side to side.  Then I also dabbed it really well to make sure there was a thick coating.  If you notice, on the bottle of the Armour Etch it says that it won't work on Pyrex.  It will.  You just need to let it sit longer.  I think it said to leave the etching creme on for 5 minutes.  I did 15 to 20 minutes, which worked great.

Once your have given the etching creme enough time to work properly.  Put your gloves back on (and glasses) and rinse all the etching creme off.  I rinsed and then took off my vinyl (or contact paper) and then rinsed again.  You can even wash the bottom now with some soap.  I wouldn't scrub it, but a light washing is fine.  Let it sit overnight to settle in.

There you have it.  Personalized dishes that make a great gift!  It is dishwasher safe too, after all, it's permanent!

Here are the her final dishes.
If you are wondering what the dishes are laying on, you'll have to be patient.  That will be my next wedding gift tutorial to share with you.

If you try etching glass, I would love to see your finished item!  I hope this tutorial was helpful.  Let me know if you have any questions!

Happy Crafting!

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  1. What a great idea and gift!

  2. That is really adorable and would be perfect for a potluck! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. I found Pyrex baking pans on sale a few months ago and picked up a bottle of etching cream to go with them. I'm hoping to make Christmas gifts of the pans and a casserole carrier. Fingers crossed that the etching works!

  4. Awesome idea! I go to a lot of potlucks and have some Weddings to attend this summer. I know what to do now :-)

  5. These look so good. I have been wanting to try this, thanks for the tutorial.

    I am a finalist in a huge room makeover giveaway. I would really appreciate it if you would take a moment and stop by and vote for me. I'm 3#. Thanks. Laura

  6. I will be trying this..... What a cute idea!!! I am now following you through Thrilling Thursday Linky Party! Hope you will follow me at http://kingstongirlie.blogspot.com. Thank you!

  7. What a fantastic idea! I am definitely going to try this for Christmas presents this year!

  8. this is so amazing! i am definitely making my sister one for her wedding :) I can't WAIT to see the holder tutorial though!

  9. OH MY -- my future daughter-in-law has a shower this week -- I'm SO going to try this! I don't have the machine so thanks for the info. on how to do it without one!

  10. What a fantastic idea! My dil does this etching and I have to tell her about this one!

  11. I got some of these as wedding gifts and loved them but didnt know how to do them myself. Thank you for the tutorial. I pinned it on my pinterest. I found you through the Under the table and Dreaming linky party. Come and say hi I love visitors

  12. Awesome! What a unique gift. Jennifer

  13. I love this! Hope you'll stop over and link up on Momspiration Monday!

  14. What a great idea for wedding gifts or just to keep up with your own dishes at potlucks! I have a Silhouette but I am just getting to "know" it. I totally want to try this - thanks for the great tutorial!


  15. What a perfect wedding gift! Great tutorial, thanks for sharing.

  16. Oh, I LOVE this! Such a classy touch to add to the pyrex we take to get togethers. Much better than masking tape that our grandmothers used.

  17. I came over from Newlyweds on a Budget; WONDERFUL idea!! I will DEFINITELY be saving this one! Thank you so much for sharing!

    @Kelsey; LOL guess I'm one of those "grandmothers" LOL as I've used that same masking tape... but I agree this is MUCH classier!

  18. Hmmm. If I stenciled my name into my casserole dish it might make it easier to get it back after I've used it for church potlucks. . .

  19. This is so great! I have a dish like this that I LOVE!!! Thanks for sharing at Make Something Monday!!

    ~ Sarah

  20. I etched my first dish today. It looks great. Thanks for the tutorial

  21. I just love your tutorials !! You make everything soo easy to understand. Can't wait to try this.

  22. Love this! What font did you use?

  23. I have a question before attempting this on my own. I had someone make the stencils for me and we did the reverse image as you suggested so that I could etch the underside of the dish and have it show through. When I got the dish out, it has raised clear writing from Pyrex on it slap in the middle of the dish with size information, etc. Did you encounter this? Did you just etch over it or do I need to redo the stencil so that it is in the bottom inside of the dish?

    1. Dena, did you get an answer to your question about the raised writing on the pyrex? My pyrex has the same thing. Thanks,

  24. I use Armour Etch all the time for things at work, I've ALWAYS left it sit at least 20 minutes to get a good etched piece out of it. And you can wash it (and scrub it), it's not going to hurt the finish because it dissolves some of the glass. If you rub over it you can feel where the etched part is a little bit deeper. And I usually don't brush it, or barely brush it at all, just plop a little bit on and spread it out with a brush ( one that's been petrified from not being washed well enough, so I can keep using it). This looks great on mirrors too.


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