Thursday, June 28, 2018

Repurpose a Colored Glass Beer Bottle with etchall Etching Creme!

Repurpose a Colored Glass Beer Bottle with etchall Etching Creme!

What says summer more than outdoor festivals, bbqs, friends...and beer! Instead of tossing, you can now turn those empty beer bottles into something wonderful.  Simply combine etchall Etching Creme and metallic colored pencils to create the perfect repurposed project on colored beer bottles!

Dark colored glass can prove more challenging when it comes to seeing etched designs.  However, once the glass is etched, that surface now becomes a great medium for metallic color pencil. Just create an abstract design of your choice using masking tape strips and apply etchall Etching Creme!  Add the colored pencil on the etched surface and…voile!  A beautiful display piece or vase for silk flowers! 

You will need:
etchall Etching Creme and squeegee
Plastic container of water
Clean dry paper towels
2 glass microscope slides
Masking tape (Note: Make sure it is NOT a low tack or painter’s tape!)
Metallic colored pencils in colors of your choice
Felt, leather or other backing material of your choice.

Here’s how:

1. Prepare your work surface. (Note: I used a combination of protective surfaces to do my project so I could photograph each step.)  Wash and dry your glass bottle. Make sure you have completely removed all remnants of adhesive from the labels.

2. Cut masking tape strips and shapes of your choice.  Attach to the bottle in a design of your choice.  Burnish the tape securely to the glass with the squeegee.

3. Apply a generous amount of the etchall Etching Creme over the exposed areas of the slide.  Set aside for 15 minutes for the etchall Etching Creme to do its magic!

4. After 15 minutes, use the squeegee to remove the etchall Etching Creme and return the creme into the container.  Yes…the etchall Etching Creme can be used over and over and over again!  Amazing, isn’t it?!  Remove and discard the tape strips and wash the bottle thoroughly in a plastic container of water.  Dry well. 

5. Color the etched areas with metallic pencils in the colors and coloring style of your choice.  As you can see, I used a blended approach.

Disclaimer: Since the etchall Etching Creme etches porcelain, as well as glass, please do not use the creme or rinse the project in a porcelain or fiberglass sink or surface.  The best surfaces to use when doing these projects are plastic or stainless steel.