All right – today’s project is not the most practical piece I’ve ever made, but I had so much fun making these etched glass bangle bracelets that I’m going to share anyway. All I’m going to suggest is that if you make them for yourself, I would not recommend wearing them if you’re going to have a labor-intensive day, and I also would avoid stacking them with other bangles. Common sense – they’re glass, and they’re not all that thick… BUT, they are adorable, and you can personalize them any way you like, so for a low-impact day, they sure are a lot of fun. I etched my name, and because etching always reminds me of frost, I made a winter-themed bangle as well with little snowflakes. Let me show you how today!
What you will need:
- Bottle Cutter – I love my Kinkajou!
- Empty bottle(s)
- Armour Etch (or other brand of etching cream) and paintbrush
- Vinyl stencil – cut or create your own with a vinyl cutter or craft punch
- Optional liquid gold leaf
- Access to running water (do this one in the kitchen, not the craft room)
First, cut your bottle. I’ve got more in-depth tutorials about how to cut bottles with the Kinkajou (which is a really easy tool to use, I love it), and it comes with directions as well. I cut lots of rings when I made my glass napkin rings last week – so I just pulled these rings right from my stash. I cut these rings about 3/4 inch wide, sanded them really well, and realized they looked exactly like bangle bracelets – so I embraced it. :)
Etching is easy, but you’ll need to create a stencil. I cut mine on my Silhouette machine. If you cut letters, just be sure to include the little “islands” inside your letters. I just use a toothpick to stick mine on.
If you don’t have a vinyl cutting machine – not to worry! You can easily use a craft punch to make your own designs. I punched this stencil with a little punch in no time at all, and it worked great.
Dab the etching cream onto the spaces you want to etch. I always leave it on about 5 minutes longer than bottle says, but depending which brand you use you may want to experiment and see what works best. You should find that it fills the holes, and stays there pretty well. (You can see I really globbed it on – and it didn’t drip, although it was close.)
Finally, rinse your bangles well.
I decided it needed a little something extra, so I painted the edge of one of my bangles with liquid gold leaf.
As I said – not the MOST practical of accessories, but I thought it turned out really fun, and cost me nothing since it was a recycled bottle and I had etching cream and vinyl in my stash already from past projects.
I think I’m finally starting to run out of ideas for ways to recycle my bottles, haha. I haven’t made drinking glasses yet, and I’d like to make an art project with the rings, too – but this has been one of my most fun (and sort of silly) ideas so far. :)