Date : December 14th, 2011
Blogger Ashley of Make it-Love it created an easy tutorial on how to etch a glass trifle bowl. If you are a fan of glass etching and traditional style decor like me, you will also appreciate eHow Contributor Brian Adler’s article on how to use a fluorescent black light to identify authentic vintage etched glass. Why am I talking about decorative glass at all? Hinkley Outdoor Lighting presents its Chateau Collection of intricately embossed amber sconces. Yes, it has a traditional design and museum bronze finish but I can’t stop admiring the glass!
Etched glass, rococo patterns and frosted surfaces were most popular during 1876 to 1914. See the pub glass above? Victorians were fond of decorating glassware, mirrors and windows with scrollwork. How do you detect a faux antique? Brian Adler recommends holding the etched glass up to a fluorescent black light. If modern diamond cutting tools have been used, then the item will glow pink. Neat trick, huh?
If you don’t have a preference for authentic antiques, consider doing modern crafts and etch your own serving dishes. If you visit the Make-it Love-it blog post on etched glass you’ll learn how to cut a stencil out of vinyl, adhere it to glass, apply etching cream, and create your own decorative item. Please read the warnings about handling acid-based etching cream. Also find out if the etching results will be food safe and oven proof if you are presenting these as gifts.
I plan to add the Chateau Victorian outdoor wall lighting onto my Christmas wish list. How about you?