DIY Glass Etching: A Semi-Dangerous How-To with Laurie Notaro

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Laurie Notaro is an author, crafter, and expert at finding a good cocktail. She grew up in Phoenix, but is currently based in Eugene, Oregon. Each week, she'll be joining us to share a crafting adventure, draw a flowchart, or remember a few of her favorite things about Phoenix. Today, she shares a how to on one of her favorite DIY projects (and not just because it involved drinking an entire bottle of something) -- glass etching.

Laurie Notaro
Would you like to see my etchings?

My mother used to buy liter glass bottles of Coke every week when I was in grade school. She knew when to buy more mayonnaise when the butter knife clinked along the inside of the glass jar, sounding a little like a wind chime.

We kept leftovers in Pyrex containers when I was little, and if you dropped a bottle of ketchup on your foot, you knew you could say goodbye to a toenail or two for a couple of months. I like the fact that I won't bleed out if I drop a bottle of orange juice anywhere near my neck, but at the same time, my compulsion to hang onto objects I feel are fleeting has turned my basement into something of a glass catacomb.

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I love jars--you can make lanterns, button containers, vases out of them--but I have to admit I love liquor bottles more. So when my neighbors returned from England with a fat, squat Scotch bottle, I rubbed my hands together evilly. I had plans for that bottle. Oh, did I.

I was going to etch.

You don't need a Scotch bottle for the following fun; any bottle will do, a nice wine bottle especially (come on over. I have about 400).

This is what you will need:
Tiny paint brush
Scotch tape
Card stock
A computer, printer
An unhealthy and stupidly expensive obsession with fonts
Armour Etch, glass etching cream (10 0z or smaller bottle)
X-Acto knife
Quick access to life-saving water

Everybody has all of this stuff in their kitchen drawer, right? Right. Awesome. Let's proceed.

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