Everytime I go to Kirkland’s I fall in love with one of their monogram items, and I can never ever find the letter I need. I love monograms because it’s specific to the person and usually it’s in a beautiful font (I lurve fonts!) When I first got my Dremel Micro 8050, I was going to use it on wood to make a carved Christmas art piece (which I am still making and will share with you at a later time) because I thought that it’d be easy…OK, it’s because I am too chicken to work with glass.
I thought the glass would surely shatter or that the Dremel Micro would be hard to control, but I was SO wrong.
So, just for you, I decided to step outside my comfort zone and conquer my fear of working with glass. And I can now proudly say I am no longer afraid of working with glass. Using the Dremel Micro 8050 felt like I was using a big pencil—it was easy to use, the light really helped me see what I was doing, and it’s one of those tools that you’ll get better and better at using once you get in a groove.
I found lowball glasses at a thrift store, and since I have my new bar cart in the living room, I figured I’d etch a pair with our monogram. Now that I’ve got this project under my belt I want to use the Dremel Mirco to etch all the things!
Etched Monogrammed Glassware Supplies:
- Glassware (clean/dry)
- A print out of your design (I used a monogram I designed in Publisher sized to 1.7”)
- Dremel Micro 8050 with silicone carbide tip (blue/green)
- Safety goggles
Step 1: Print out your design, cut it down to size, and tape it to the inside of your glass. Make sure it’s straight and secure.
Step 2: Get your Dremel Micro ready to go with the silicone carbide tip and set the speed to 25. Carefully start tracing your design. Rather than trying to trace your design all at once, do it in small passes. I found it easiest to go from left to right so I can see what I was doing. The built in light will help a lot.
Step 3: After you finish tracing, carefully look over your design to make sure you didn’t miss any areas. Once you’re satisfied, remove your stencil and give your glass a quick wash to remove all the dust. If you remove the stencil and then find an area you’d like to etch more, just go ahead and very carefully etch some more.
That’s pretty much it! At first you’ll be a bit nervous, but once you start that all melts away, I promise. I love that the Dremel Micro is cordless and packed with features: Light and easy to handle in tight spaces, the Dremel® Micro™8050 is packed with features that have crafters, hobbyists and DIYers in mind: soft grip, LED front-end lighting to illuminate projects, a docking station that continually charges, and an 8V Max Lithium-ion battery.
The tool is only $89 at Amazon, Home Depot, or Lowe’s, and it’s fully compatible with other Dremel rotary tool accessories. This is my third Dremel product, and I cannot speak highly enough about them. We’ve used our Dremel to mortise hinges, get in tight spaces when installing flooring and we have a tiny piece to cut off, and even when carving pumpkins around Halloween.
This project is a great, affordable DIY gift idea! Just add some tissue paper, chocolate truffle balls, and it’s a beautiful, custom gift that you can whip up for under $5 and 20 minutes.
For more information and project ideas, please visit www.Dremel.com.
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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.