It’s Time for Tea

How to etch a ceramic mug with etchall creme.

with etchall creme

mug with etchall logo

I like tea, it can be cold or hot. I’ve liked it all my life. I remember my grandfather was a tea drinker too, or should I say a tea dipper. I remember him always dipping something into his tea mug.

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I am left-handed so this mug will be my personal mug. You might notice the handle is on the wrong side. etchall creme makes it possible for me to make mugs with the design facing out when I hold the mug in my left hand.

tea image

I created this graphic for my tea mug. You can grab a free SVG of this image in the store. [Time for Tea SVG]

clean mug

Before etching any surface you want to make sure it is clean. I used rubbing alcohol to clean the mug.

weeded vinyl

After measuring and adjusting my image in Design Space, I cut my vinyl on a Cricut Maker. Then I weeded the vinyl and applied the transfer film.

vinyl on mug

I transferred the vinyl to the mug and removed the transfer film. Tip: I always fold the design in half (not the width of the vinyl but the width of the design) to find the middle. This makes applying the vinyl in the correct location easier.

creme on mug

After making sure the vinyl is rubbed down well and there are not wrinkles around the design, I applied the etchall creme, covering the entire image. You can be generous with your application.

remove creme

I set a timer for 15 minutes and then I remove the creme and put it back into the container. etchall creme is reusable, it may darken over time but it is still usable.

etched mug

After washing the mug and removing the vinyl, it is etched. I know it is very hard to see, but that is the nature of the ceramic mug.

wax on mug

And here is the magic, using a rub on wax in black, the image is revealed. Rub it on and buff off the extra. You may want to use a fixative to seal the wax in place.

How to Etch Glass

It is easy to etch glass with the right tools. Learn how in this tutorial.

with Etchall

finished salt and pepper

Etching glass is a very simple process given the right tools. I enjoy working with Etchall Etching Creme. One reason is that Etchall is reusable so a small jar lasts a long time. Making these Salt and Pepper shakers was simple and fast but the result is fantastic. I wanted to make these for myself but they would make a great housewarming gift or hostess gift too.

etchall bottle

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Materials:

with alcohol spray

Before you begin any glass etching project, you need to make sure the glass surface is clean and clear. It is best to use rubbing alcohol to clean your surface.

cricut maker

Cutting the vinyl, I used a Cricut Maker. In Design Space I used the Cricut font and typed the two letters I needed with space between them. Before cutting them out, I made sure the height and width fit the front of the shakers.

vinyl in place

I centered each letter on the front of the shakers. For this application, I didn’t need to use transfer paper but if your design is more detailed, you will find it helpful. See the video tutorial below for application tips and centering the vinyl.

with etchall creme

I applied a generous amount of etching creme to each shaker. There is no need to worry about using too much since it is reusable. Always follow the manufacturer’s directions for use. Etchall works in 15 minutes of application.

Video Tutorial:

finished shakers

With a bit of ribbon added these are ready to fill or give as a gift.

How to Etch Ceramics

I etched a ceramic box using Etchall cream. #sponsored @Etchall @CricutMade

Etching cream is usually used on glass surfaces but did you know you can also etch ceramic surfaces? Etchall works great on glass, ceramic, and slate surfaces. One of the best things about Etchall cream is that it is reusable, so a bottle is going to last a long time.

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Materials:

  • ceramic piece
  • Cricut Joy
  • Etchall
  • design
  • vinyl
  • transfer paper
  • weeding tool
  • duct tape
  • popsicle stick
  • paper towel
  • baby wipe
  • cotton swabs
  • colored wax
  • rubbing alcohol

Directions:

Cricut Joy

I cut out a design using my Cricut Joy. The design I chose was one from Cricut (Geometric Tile Stencil #M1903D815).

I then weeded away the areas of the design I wanted to etch. Next, cover the design with transfer tape.

Follow the rest of the tutorial in the video below:

Video Tutorial:

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