I am a bit late in posting this, but the idea is still great and will give you ideas. Tracy Bird etched some of her reverse etched glasses, which I believe are champagne flutes. See also etched these amazing wedding glasses.
The glasses were etched with the Christmas theme. As you can see, the first photo shows three different patterns etched of a snowflake, reindeer and Christmas tree design.
Tracy was nice enough to share her work with us and I wanted to point out this great technique of etching the reversed part of the stencil. This is more appropriately called high relief etching or what I sometimes call negative etching.
In this process, you basically cut out and remove every part of the stencil except the actual design. So when using a black and white pattern, you would pull out the white part of the stencil. This can be done with the photoresist stenciling process too, but you would have to simply use the Invert tool on your design software, as I explained in the member’s area.
We don’t talk about this technique enough, but it’s quite interesting. Sometimes etching the negative works great, as with Tracy’s work, but some patterns don’t look as good. A while back, I etched the same design of a positive and negative to show you what the difference looks like in this Cincinnati Reds etching. You will see in that case, the negative etching didn’t work out.
I want to thank Tracy for sharing your great work! Please leave Tracy a comment below and ask us any questions.
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