Acid etching. Beer mug with Thror's map runes

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  1. belsilene

    belsilene Active Member

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    I am learning to etch glass with acid, this was the first test. A vase for my entrance hall accompanying the mirror, although this was not etched with acid, but painted with translucent varnish.

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  2. EyeofSauron

    EyeofSauron Master Member

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    Re: Acid etching (LOTR)

    i want a mirror like that. did you just experiment or did you find an instructable for this? you did awesome work with that stuff
     
  3. Madeye

    Madeye Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Really is nice work! Very jealous of both. Your English is just fine.
    Cheers!
    Will
     
  4. Larry T

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    I have to agree, that mirror is awesome.
     
  5. belsilene

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    Re: Acid etching (LOTR)

    Thank you all, I'm glad you like it.

    The mirror has been developed by my husband and me.
    When I moved into this house I said I would do something with this great mirror of the entrance, and my husband said me: "What if we paint the gates of Moria?" :)

    Fortunately we have a vinyl cutting machine, which is very helpful. We made a mask (after a vectorized and design work) and painted with a varnish that had previously shown that left with a finish similar to the acid.

    (if you dare to put the mask and paint ... just need that mask ;) )
     
  6. clancampbell

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    Beautiful!

    Rich
     
  7. Stivie

    Stivie Well-Known Member

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    Yes, your mirror turned out awesome! I really like it. How big is the size? or how big of a mask did you use?
     
  8. belsilene

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    The Mirror it's about 1 x 1.4 meters, but I've used the mask divided in parts of 0.6 x 0.4 meters to make the process easier. (It would have been very difficult to stick such a big vinyl in a single piece).

    I cutted overlaping pieces to facilitate its placement.

    It was not as complicated as it sounds, when you're having fun it's all easier :)
     
  9. SmilingOtter

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    Ellas son muy bonitas.

    A friend has recently started doing similar things, but using a sand blaster instead of acid. I'll be sure to show him this thread - I know he'll be impressed.
     
  10. belsilene

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    Gracias ;)

    A sand blaster is a very good option too, actually leaves (in my opinion) a more beautiful finish, but for me it has several disadvantages:
    1. the piece has to be small enough to enter the box (at least in the case that I have available.) to operate with it.
    2. You need a compressor that is noisy, and I can not bring it home, for the space it occupies and not disturb the neighbors.
    3. Drops a lot of dust, and only for this reason I will not use indoors :)

    This is why I have decided to try acid, but I'm not completely happy with the way it works
     
  11. teecrooz

    teecrooz Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Hobby Lobby sells a "sand etch starter kit" that is easy to use and runs on compressed air canisters like the ones used to clean keyboards. I've used it on steel so I know it works fairly well. For a sanding booth, I just use a plastic storage tote that I cut holes in the side of and a piece of plexi on top.
     
  12. Alan Castillo

    Alan Castillo Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    This was a first test ? Wow ! :eek
     
  13. belsilene

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    thanks, you're very nice

    thanks for the info, I didn't know this machine (as I use the professional that I have at work), I'll think about this, it's a great choice

    it's a pleasure to hear that from a recognized prop maker like you. I know you from the Indiana Jones spanish Forum (film that we both like :cool) I also made ​​some modest replicas of Indy, you can see them here:

    belsilene's photosets on Flickr


    Today I've made a second attempt to etch glass. Although I'm not entirely happy with the result, I like the concept. Tonight I will post some pictures.
     
  14. belsilene

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    My second etching attempt, to drink the best beer in The Middle Earth.
    Cheers!

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  15. belsilene

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    A little better photo of my mirror.
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    When the house's door is open, the view is much spectacular :)
     
  16. belsilene

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    I forgot to put a photo of the glass looking better.
    Once you drink the beer is best viewed the engraving :)

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  17. Quothcorvus

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    They look great, I particularly like the mirror!
     
  18. DaleSabers

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    That is pretty sweet work man. I'm just starting to do etching myself and you're work is definitely a good source of inspiration to do more.
     
  19. belsilene

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    Now I'm starting with Hogwart's :)
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  20. chrijack

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    Acid etching. New "Hogwart's houses"

    That looks great! While it looks easy, I am sure I could screw it up. Beautiful work.
     
  21. Tappal

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    Incredible job! I'm looking forward to seeing more! :)
     
  22. belsilene

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    Thanks!
    It's not very difficult. It can be difficult to design and cut the mask, but for that I have specific tools.
    Have an article on how to do it here:
    Grabado al ácido
     
  23. belsilene

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    Re: Acid etching. New "Hogwart's houses"

    One more. My beer mug with dwarven runes (Moon letters from Thor's map)

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