How to: Turn a glass jar into a drinking glass

July 26, 2012 - Leave a Response

Lots of my food comes in glass jars that I just end up recycling.  Lately, I’ve been trying to find ways how I can reuse these jars rather than just tossing them into the recycling bin.  I came across the idea of glass etching a few times and one day when I was making Chicken Tikka Masala out of a jar, I thought I could turn this into a drinking glass.  And here’s how you can do it, too!

Supplies:

A jar with a mouth wide enough for drinking

Clear contact paper

A stencil–I found an image and cut out my own.  There’s vinyl ones available for purchase if you do not want to do this

Xacto knife to cut out stencil

A cutting surface

Armor Etch glass etching cream

A paint or sponge brush

A bowl filled with water to get the jar label off

Ready??

 

Take your glass jar and put it in the bowl filled with water. 

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Make sure to cover the entire jar so the label can come off easily.  Leave to soak while prepping the other items.

Start cutting out your stencil.  I used the classic feminist fist symbol as my stencil. I found the image on Google images and printed it out to fit my glass.  I cut the image out in a rectangle frame.

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Then, I took some contact paper and cut out the frame with my xacto knife to match the rectangle of my stencil.  Then I started cutting out my stencil.

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I used some masking tape and taped my stencil onto the cutting surface to avoid slipping.  After cutting with the xacto knife, my stencil looked like this:

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Then, I carefully placed the stencil on the glass, taking care to smooth out the bubbles in the contact paper. It should look like this:

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I took my Armor Etch glass etching cream and my paint brush and put on a very thick layer of etching cream.  Make sure you cover the entire stencil and then some.  Note: it will drip so it might be a good idea to cover other areas with masking tape as well so it doesn’t get on the other parts of the glass. (sorry, I forgot to take a picture of the Armor Etch cream on the glass :))

There is some discrepancy with time for how long you should leave the Armor Etch on the glass.  The bottle says a minute, but I also read 10-20 minutes.  I settled for 15 minutes.  And the results look like this:

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There you go!  Enjoy the summer with your awesome custom make repurposed glass jar drinking glass!!  This is now my favorite glass in the world!

I’m a Knitting Instructor at Michael’s!

July 5, 2012 - Leave a Response

Hey there SF Bay Area folks!  I am now teaching knitting at Michael’s in Emeryville!  I have classes every Tuesday night from 6-8:30pm covering various aspects of knitting.  Please check with Michael’s to see which class is being offered. If you know someone who would like to learn how to knit, contact Michael’s in Emeryville, CA to enroll in a class with me!!

Earring Holder Redux

June 24, 2012 - Leave a Response

A while back, I made a tutorial on how to make an earring holder out of an Altoid tin.  My original tutorial used fabric and have recently found something better easier to work with.  This time around, I used scrapbook paper to cover the Altoid tin.  I am quite happy with the results.

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I got the scrapbooking paper at Michael’s for 99 cents a piece and it covered three tins.  I used good ol’ Mod Podge to glue them onto the tins, trimmed the edges, and that was it!  Besides earring holders, I’ve used covered tins for craft supply holders, such as safety pins and straight pins for sewing.  They make great storage!

Pattern requests

June 22, 2012 - One Response

I’ve gotten several requests to post the pattern for the Feminist Sweater and Sisterhood is Powerful.  While I’d love to give you a full pattern, one pattern was made improvised and the other was made from another pattern.  Once I figure out how to cleanly and clearly transfer the charts that I made to to make the motifs in the sweaters, I will be more than happy to post those.  This way, you can incorporate your own sweater pattern that fits for you to the chart.  I will post these charts as soon as I can figure out how to digitize them.

Learn to Dye Yarn, SF Bay Folks!

June 14, 2012 - Leave a Response

San Francisco Bay Area Folks!: Learn how to dye yarn!   I’m offering a workshop on how to dye your own yarn on Saturday, June 23 from 10am-2pm at the Instructables Lab at 82 Second St. San Francisco!  It is just minutes from Montgomery St. BART.  Cost is $50 and all materials included except for yarn.  For more details and to register, go to my class website!  Hope to see you there!

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Knitted pouf

June 3, 2012 - Leave a Response

Craft Zine recently posted this tutorial on a knitted pouf from Pickles, a Norwegian knitting website.  I’ve wanted to make one of these for a long time but didn’t know where to start.  Luckily it’s super easy.  All is involved is knitting basically a long scarf, sewing the ends together and scrunching up the tops to make a pouf!  Here it is!:

I used:  size 17 needles, 2.5 balls of Loops and Threads Charisma yarn in Taupe (found at Michael’s stores) and for the stuffing an IKEA full/queen size comforter.  It was really quick to knit and really easy to put together.  I even made one for a friend :)  If you want to make your own, check out the tutorial link at the top of the page!

Update!

April 13, 2012 - Leave a Response

Hey there everyone!  It’s been quite a while since I’ve updated the blog.  I’ve been busy with school and other adventures that I haven’t had time to post.  Since my last post, I’ve started a new hobby: sewing.  I bought a sewing machine at the White Elephant Sale for the Oakland Museum of California and I love it!  It is a 1970’s era Singer sewing machine with a buttonholer, zigzag, and reverse.  Unfortunately, it broke on me a couple times but now it works great!  I have made two skirts, two pairs of yoga pants, a cardigan, a pillow cover, and hemmed numerous jeans.  What a great investment! 

I’ve also been knitting body parts and bacteriophages.  I knitted a womb for Government Free VJJ, opposing the right wing war on women. I signed up as a “surrogate” for someone who cannot craft and has an antichoice Congressperson. Living in a community where I have informed Congresspeople, I don’t have a Congressperson in need.Image

 

I also knitted this bacteriophage for fun.  A bacteriophage is a virus that infects bacteria.  I’ve been inspired by my Microbiology class.

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That’s what I’ve been up to lately.  I’ll try to post more often with updates on what I am doing and new Etsy postings. 

Sisterhood is Powerful, in the tune of CheesyLove

January 14, 2012 - Leave a Response

Sisterhood is Powerful, in the tune of CheesyLove

Sisterhood is Powerful sweater, using the CheesyLove pattern from Knitty.

New Yarns and Holiday Savings

November 13, 2011 - Leave a Response

Check out the newest yarns at Misfit Yarns and Crafts!

 

Misfit Yarns and Crafts is offering FREE SHIPPING between now and Dec. 25!!! Just enter the coupon code HOLIDAYKNITTERZ at check out at http://www.etsy.com/shop/misfityarns and your item ships for free!  Offer only applies to first class domestic shipping.

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