It looks like she also did this by mixing techniques of Armour Etching cream with rotary engraving.
In addition to her DIY tea light candle holder and marker idea, Cynthia’s etchings combined with flowers, a butterfly and happy-minded words makes an excellent homemade decor item! She provided the below details about this project:
This is a 12 x 12 mirror tile that I etched a 3D butterfly onto, with flowers and grass and also used armour etch cream for the word templates at the bottom. I’ve tried to incorporate color into my etching several times but this time I came up with my own method of adding color to my glass etching….fine tip markers! I colored it in and let it dry. Then, I used Dirtex and sprayed the whole glass tile and you can see the excess color lift. Once I wiped it clean, the hints of color that I strategically placed throughout, can be seen. Not too much and not too little. Came out awesome!
How to Make a Candle Holder
To make something similar to Cynthia’s candle holder, I wrote up some rough instructions below.
- Cut two 2×4″ boards about 14″ inches long.
- Purchase 3-4 tealights or votive with a chamfered design (bottom is a smaller diameter than top which is important for the hole to hold the candles).
- Measure the mid-section diameter of the tealight and find a hole saw of equal width.
- Mark equal distance for these holes to be on one board near the edge and drill out the holes with the hole saw.
- Near the back of this board, saw out a slit longways across.
- Place the other board behind this so that it is in a “L” shape and use three screws to hold them together.
- Stain the board to your color preference.
- Etch the glass tile to your preference.
- Place the tealights in the holes and use a mirror tile for the insert.
Thank you so much for sharing Cynthia! If any one else enjoyed her post or have questions, please leave a comment below. She also shared a collage of photos showing a summation of the whole etching and coloring process.
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