Remember my glass votive’s from last week? Well enough people asked how I did it so I made some more and took pictures of it so I could give you a tutorial!
here is another picture from before, I made all these Calla Lily votive’s for a bridal shower I threw for my cousin 1 1/2 years ago. I used the same tutorial I’m about to show you. You can see that they are all very similar. Once you get started you can actually go pretty fast.
Okay, start with an image. Pick what you want to etch onto your votive and print it off. Mine measures about 5 inches by about 2 inches.
You want to cut it out and make a tube, put it inside the votive. now mine didn’t fit too good because the votive is angled. I actually ended up going back into Photoshop and angling my image (kind of like a cupcake wrapper) but I forgot to take another picture of it! That way it fit better into the votive.
Next I took a diamond drill bit and outlined the pumpkin. It’s easier to fill it in if you don’t have to deal with the image distortion through the glass so I just outlined. But if your doing a smaller image that doesn’t need to be outlined, like the calla lilies, it sometimes helps to close one eye. It helps the distortion from the rounded glass that way.
So once you take out the paper it leaves just the outline. Then I took out a larger diamond bit and filled in the pumpkin! It looks nice, huh? But it needs the rest of the pumpkins I think.
I put the paper back in, outlined ALL the rest of the pumpkins and filled them in. Isn’t it cute? Each head is different! I love how well it turned out. Each face is different too. It would also look good with just one head, larger, in the front.
I was inspired by all the amazing bat crafts out there. So I decided to try my hand at bats. I picked this image and planned on doing the whole thing (notice how well the image fits into the votive? That’s the cupcake-ish shape I mentioned before).
For this one I used the smaller diamond bit for the whole project. I ended up stopping before I did the image all the way around, I thought this actually looked really great in the end!
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