Harvest Blessings Glass Block Centerpiece
Greet your guests this Thanksgiving with a holiday table centerpiece, etched with a Harvest Blessing full of good wishes. Fill the glass block vase with a fall floral arrangement, light it with mini lights or glitter the inside for a very unique display that will certainly be the topic of conversation!
- #15-0150 Armour Etch Cream
- #12-7026 Designer Series Old English letters & Numbers
- #20-0424 Rub N Etch Harvest wheat stencil
- #15-0315 Glass cleaner
- #08-9606 Brushes
- #08-9415 Masking tape
- #08-9777 Scissors
- #61-3329 Rub N Buff gold, bronze or white (optional)
- 5.5" or 7" Glass Block Vase
- Pencil, paper and ruler
- Washable marker
- Paper towels
- Optional: piece of tulling or plastic scrubby pad (for removing stencils if needed)
- Fall leaves, flowers, preserved wheat and brown excelsior straw (or brown shredded grass)
- Wash glass block with hot, soapy dish detergent, rinse & dry well. Next clean area where stencils will go with glass cleaner, dry well.
- Spell "Harvest Blessings" on a piece of scrap paper. This will help you keep track of the letters you will need and from misspelling the words while applying the stencils.
- Cut each letter from the stencil sheet, leaving backing paper attached and line them up in the right order on your work surface the way they will be applied. The "H" in Harvest and the "B" in blessings will each be in uppercase, the remaining letters in lowercase.
- The glass block has a raised rim around the outside edge. If you are working with the 5.5" block, remove the backing from the upper case letter H stencil. Position the stencil in the upper left corner just inside the rim's edge. Next apply the lower case letters that spell out the rest of the word Harvest, overlapping the side edges of the stencils right to left, as well as lining up the top and bottom edges. Rub stencils down with the popsicle stick that came in your package. If you are using the larger block, you may want to measure and mark a line 1" down from the top as your starting point.
- Once you have all the letters for the word Harvest rubbed down, measure ¬ć" down from the bottom edge of the letters and mark a line with your ruler all the way across the face of the glass block.
- This time you will be applying the letters for the word "Blessings", starting with the last letter (s then g, etc), hence the reason for spelling out your letters on paper in step 2 so that you apply them backward in the right order. Start from the right side of the block, lining up the bottom edge of each stencil along your marker line. Remember also to overlap edges right to left. By applying the letters from right to left, it insures you do not run out of room to spell the entire word and gives you exact positioning. If you measured correctly, the top edge of the B will slightly overlap with the bottom edge of st of the word Harvest (don't worry if it doesn't, you'll just have to cover the space with a little masking tape later). Rub the letters down as you did before.
- Cut the wheat bundle from stencil sheet¬? #20-0424 . Position it at the bottom center of the block. Rub the stencil down.
- Cover the whole face of the glass block with masking tape, overlapping your edges, including any gaps between letters that did not meet up properly.
- Take a piece of scrap paper and gently rub over the stencils and masking tape to secure everything to the glass.
- PAT the Armour Etch glass etching cream over the stencils (do not brush it on like your painting). View the directions and How To video HERE. Wait 3 minutes.
- Turn tap water on low setting (so the water will not splash during rinsing) and make it very warm, but not too hot for you to keep your hands under.
- Turn glass block upside down and rinse all the cream off under the running water.
- Remove tape and stencils while still under the running water. Stencils should come off easily by rubbing with your finger or you can use a piece of tulling or plastic scrubby pad and scrub gently. You can also try making the water a little hotter. This will help loosen everything from the glass as well. After everything has been removed, rinse again. Dry¬? the glass block with a paper towel
- ¬?Clean with glass cleaner and dry completely.
- Optional: If your image is not as bright as you would like or you wish to embellish the etching with gold or bronze for added richness, you can use Rub N Buff on your etchings. Tear off a piece of paper towel and wrap it around your finger. Squeeze a very small dab of Rub N Buff on the tip of your wrapped finger. Smear the RNB all over the etchings. Keep wiping and the excess RNB will pick back up off the shiny glass and only stick to the etching. Work quickly while RNB is still soft. Turn towel around and buff.
- Fill glass block with some excelsior straw and a fall flower arrangement
- Etch the words Give Thanks, Happy Thanksgiving or Bountiful Blessings instead of Harvest Blessings
- Use orange Glitter-It #61-3350 on the inside of the glass block with bronze or white Rub N Buff on the letters or the gold glitter with the bronze Rub N Buff on the letters or your own combo, just make sure one is light, the other dark, so the letters show up against what's inside.
- If you are putting the glass block in the center of the holiday table, etch both sides.
- You could run harvest words around the edge of the block and put the wheat bundle in the middle (see Words of Love" Valentine project http://www.etchtalk.com/2011/02/words-of-love-glass-block-vase/ ¬?) using different lettering for each word from Etchworld's wide variety of lettering stencil sheets.
Article Posted: 10/02/2017 02:43:46 PM