So this is my third project using the Cricut Explore, and I think its my favourite so far. If you haven’t seen my other posts, I’ve decorated a iPad case and with my daughters, made a fathers day card.
I’ve loved this project, so much so, that I’m going to be etching another mirror next week. If you have any questions, or suggestions what I should etch next time, I’d love to know.
Firstly I used my brilliant Cricut Explore to make a template, then followed the instruction on the etching paste. It’s important to follow the safety instructions such as protecting your hands, and working with a window open. So please make sure if you do this project, you read them carefully.
So here is the really simple process in photographs:
**Amendment** After practising this method more, I would leave the etching paste for 20 minutes, then carefully remove the paste. Wear latex gloves if you have to. When you are removing the paste rub carefully, as this will help take away any of the stubborn dried on residue.
I’d bought a couple of mirrors in the sale, they were great quality, and only a few pounds, I think £6 for the smallest and £8, real bargains as they should have been around £40 each.
As you can see I etched a crown on this one, as it was for the littlest princess in The Ana Mum Diary household Miss A. It’s not perfect, and I can see a couple of imperfections, but next time I definitely can learn from my mistakes.
My top tips would be :
1. Apply the paste with a sponge. I used a cut up washing up sponge. Dabbing the paste onto the mirror, or glass. I wouldn’t wipe the paste on, or paint it, as I think it would spoil the crisp edge created by the template.
2. Apply generously. For my next project I would apply more generously than I did on the above images, as the crown is a little patchy.
I would love to have some suggestions of what you would like to see me etch next onto a mirror. It looks just like this one, only larger. Please let me know in the comments below.