Hi, I am a first time hobby glass etcher trying to make some custom mugs as a gift for Christmas. I have bought this cream. I think that perhaps I have bitten off more than I can chew. I want to use Old English lettering on my glasses, but the letter stencils I have found are way too expensive and only contain one of each letter. So I decided to try to cut my own.
I bought Armour blank “Over and Over” self stick stencil vinyl, but I haven’t had much success. It may be the intricacy, and small size of my font, but I just can’t get it to cut easily. I have tried many times to make it work, using transfer paper to print the font on to the vinyl, I tried putting the stencil into my printer, but the ink wouldn’t stick.
I also bought printer paper that is designed to make labels because it is sticky and the vinyl is really thin which I thought would be easier to cut. It hasn’t worked well. I have a sharp exacto knife, and I even bought one that swivels which is supposed to make it easier to cut rounded edges.
I am tenacious, but it’s still not working! Do you have any advice for someone trying to make intricate stencils, yet who lacks experience? Anything you could recommend would be much appreciated. Thanks! Alison
My Response that may be helpful to someone:
Are you cutting the stencil out after you place it on the glass? If not, that is the best way.
I usually place the stencil sheet on the glass with a squeegee. Then sketch the design on the stencil. I actually use tracing and graphite paper to mark the links.
Then cut it out with the exacto knife.
I hope that helps. Some people will cut it out first and then lay it on the glass which is a lot harder.
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