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Monday, June 21, 2010

Redfish Glass Etching

Ok, so this has been in the works since December.  My dad asked if there was a way to etch a redfish.  I told him that I would have to get the program and find a picture in order to be able to do it.  Well, he bought me the program.  I found a great picture.  Then had to figure out how to convert the picture and make it cuttable.  It took a little while, but I got it done.  I cut it out of plain white cardstock & thought it looked pretty good.  I knew there would be so much weeding of very tiny pieces that I kept putting it off to attempt the etching.
I used SCAL and my Cricut to design & create this project.
Here is the picture that I found on-line.
Here is the cutout from cardstock:
So now, we are on to Father's Day:  I decided on Friday night that I would work on this Saturday morning.  Well Saturday morning turned into 10 hours of trying to get this right.  First, I thought I had the file the correct size for a 8.5 x 11 piece of glass.  It was not, it was too big.  So I resized it, cut it, & placed it on the glass, but it still didn't look right.  I needed to add a shadow to it to give the shape of the fish - w/o having to etch all of the glass.  Now, mind you, my computer is ancient & takes forever on it's own, so working with this file is what took up so much of the time.  So then after 3 more tries (placing issued mostly) I finally got it right!!
So here is the final product:  And he absolutely LOVED it!!!!!!  Now he wants me to make another one.  At least now, I don't think it would take so long.

Thanks for looking. Questions & comments are always welcomed. Lori


Audrey Frelx said...

Wow! You really did an awesome job on that!!! I bet you made your dad one very happy guy!

scubascrapper brandi said...

very impressive!! not enough patience here to do that LOL! but it was all worth it if he loved it, right?

Anonymous said...

this is really awesome!! great job!