Friday, March 16, 2018

Etching, the problem solver

Potluck dinners, a sick or bereaving friend or church functions, those are the occasions where I bring a casserole or dessert, and then begins the fretting of getting my dish back. 
Yes, I fret.
After all, there is no such thing as Dish Karma.
 If you lose one, another doesn’t show up as a random act of dish replacement. 
The Land of Lost Pyrex is right down the street from The Land of Single Socks.

The best and easiest way to get your dish back is to etch your name a design on it.
Permanently into the glass.
Shattered Stencil designed by Lizzie Mayne
 I didn't want to etch my name into it because one day, someone might inherit my dish whether through a garage sale or through a hand me down moment so I thought I'd etch a design into the dish instead so it's more "user" friendly down the road. But you can do your name if you so desire.
The little dots are actually from the paper that I placed under the dish to get some contrast.

After etching, it's safe to wash in the dishwasher and safe to put in the oven
as long as the bakeware is intended for oven-use. 
And do etch on the outside area of any dish, just in case..
ya know what I mean.

I am sure you've gotten quite a few etching instructions along the way on the hop 
so I'll just mention a couple of things I learned along the way:

1. A painted stencil did not effect the etching at all, so you don't have to start off with a new stencil. This is a picture after the etching paste had been scraped off before washing the remainder of the paste off in the sink. And an extra tip, the spray nozzle did great for removing the paste in between small areas of the stencil design.

2. Areas on your casserole dish that have a raised area (like the name of the dish, size of the dish, etc.) won't etch quite as well because the stencil itself cannot lay flat,
 but overall I think it turned out very well.
The little dots are actually from the paper that I placed under the dish to get some contrast.

One lucky winner will receive an etchall® Glass Etching Bee-ginner Kit,
reposition/reuse stencil spray
AND a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products!

Enter to win by leaving a comment below.
Then be sure to visit the other blogs in the hop and comment to win.
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
One winner will be chosen at random from all blog comments!
(One comment per blog please.)
You have until Tuesday, March 20th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winner will be announced on
StencilGirl's Facebook page and etchall’s Facebook page on Wednesday, March 21.

Blog Hop Order:

I'm linking up the blog hop to Paint Party Friday while I have a piece of Lemon Meringue pie...
the things I do for my design team...sigh


Steph Ackerman said...

Fabulous idea!

Bailey Earith said...

hoping and hopping Bailey (at) BaileyFiberArt (dotcom)

TerryO said...

What a beautiful pie plate! I certainly hope you get it back :-)

Jean said...

Simply gorgeous. A great idea

Studio Kaufmann said...

Wow what an amazing idea. Gotta try this. Happy PPF xx

Susie Bentz: My Time to Play said...

Great idea! I am pulling out my pyrex baking dishes now! (I did wonder about the raised lettering - thanks for answering that question)

SLScheibe said...

WOW! What a cool idea! I didn't even know there were such things as etching kits. I have loads of glass dishes like that so might give it a whirl one day. Yours turned out so well. And it looks amazing!

Faye said...

I know what you mean about angsting over your dishes that have contained donated food. Your etching is gorgeous. Normally, I just stick a return address label on the underside of the dish so the recipient knows whose it is.

Valerie-Jael said...

Great idea. I never understand why people don't return things! Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

Christine said...

There are always disposable containers, sometimes I use inexpensive tin ones but great idea with the etching and so funny...disappearing dishes.

Linda Kunsman said...

Fun idea. I learned to stick with using foil pans or reusable plastic dishes/bowls when I cook or bake to give it away. No worries then about having something returned:) Happy PPF!

KatheD said...

this is a really great idea, much more creative than a name and a fabulous way to avoid adding to landfills!

cghundley said...

How awesome your plate
looks now! But you won't
get it back now because
of that awesomeness.
Carla from Utah

A Colorful World said...

Aren't you clever! I love it! I lost a blue casserole dish that way, getting a clear one back. And blue is my color! :-)

sirkkis said...

Wonderful idea, indeed, beautiful as well!
Happy PPF 💝

Unknown said...

I love this idea! The etching makes your pie plate look like a beautiful antique clever!

Gillena Cox said...

Yes. Nice idea and lovely art. I've had the experience. I scot tape my name


marian riley said...

This is a great idea!

NatureFootstep said...

interesting, I did not know you could do such a thing :)

denthe said...

It looks beautiful! What a great idea.

Anonymous said...

The etching really classed up your plate! It looks great!

carol l mckenna said...

Very creative idea and art work ~ wonderful post!

Happy Day to you,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

maria soto said...

pretty, great idea

Erin Reed said...

so cool, now i want a piece of pie!!

DVArtist said...

Wow this is just beautiful and a great idea.

Edwige V. said...

Perfect ! I know seeing how my next plates will be amazing and so mine ! Love this idea !

Dee Spillane said...

Great idea. When people say a tiny slice they can pick the size. Love it. Dee

Katie Jeanne said...

Such a pretty plate. I love the design. :)

Mary Holshouser said...

I can see that you will be making
a new plate every time you use this
one at a potluck or as a gift.
It will disappear in a heartbeat.
Fantastic idea - put your
signature on something without
being too obvious.
thanks for sharing

Giggles said...

Beautifully etched...what a great idea! I love it!

Peace Giggles

Cathy - CMP Designs said...

I love the idea of doing this on pie plates! So great for pot lucks or even as gifts for people!

Patty said...

Great idea! Love the mandala look.

Beth Niquette said...

I loved the stencil! I used to do a lot of this kind of artwork--still have a few pieces laying around. Your etching is lovely.

BLOGitse said...

Great way to create personal table-ware etc.
I like your pattern.
Have a good - not too busy - day!

Andi said...

I realize the contest has ended but I still just had to tell you how much I love this idea. Turned out super and I'm definitely a glass bakeware loving kinda gal. Reminds me of my Gran and the 30's n 40's. No Tupper in my kitchen.

Lynda Shoup said...

Sandee, you made me laugh heartily about "the Land of the Lost Pyrex being down the street from the Land of the Single Socks." Too funny. This is a perfect solution. Beautiful results, clever thought process and , well the pie looks good too.

Katie said...

Beautiful project

Ericka Strange said...

What an neat idea. Love the look.