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El Señor de los Anillos

Acid etching



We try new techniques and this time to etching.

At first seemed a most delicate matter that has come to be, but being careful and with good templates, we can achieve very good results.
The liquid used for engraving can be purchased at craft stores, but should be a fairly specialized, because it is a relatively expensive and not many shops have it.

Here they are a few glasses in the process:

Above all, as far as we have seen there are two more or less important complications:

The first is that as we all know there are several types of crystal, so the results are not the same as the material may vary. (Better if we can do a test).

The second is that it can be tricky to put the template if the piece is not plane. If it is a relatively flat surface we will have no problem, and once attached the mask we just have to give the product an even layer and let it dry. Once dryed you’ll wash with water. It can also be done by immersion, but to me it seems an unnecessary complication, at least with the brand I’ve used, which is quite thick and is well placed with a brush.
Our first test was a vase with the “white tree” of Gondor, from The Lord of the Rings (to put it together with our mirror of The doors of Moria )

It is more problematic in a cup-like piece. The mere fact that a cylindrical surface, makes us consider the total length of the circumference, but also many of the vessels are slightly tapered so, if we place a drawing that loops through the entire piece we find that the top of the mask will have a different radius than the bottom, which leads to undesirable deformations and wrinkles. Each wrinkle is a possibility that the liquid where it should not and lose definition.

To our knowledge, we can only solve this by making small changes to the design of the mask and being very careful when moving the brush if it has wrinkle. But well worth a little care, when the result will be a nice cold beer in the style of Middle Earth.

This cup has about the registration of the One Ring. This is what it says in common language, in a fairly faithful translation:

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.

Once we learned the basics as we dare with any type of customization, from initials to images. Changing saga, we made a set of shot glasses with four shields of houses of A Game of Thrones. You have them available in our store.

Middle Earth Map

The idea of ​​making this map came out just wanting to try a glass engraver “Dremel Engraver” that Miguel gave me. This is not a rotary tool as most Dremel tool, if a punch moves forward and backward.

Dremel Engraver
Dremel Engraver

The realization is just a matter of patience, since the drawing is traced, so it was a matter of a couple of afternoons.

Primer día de grabado
First day of engraved

Well, I thought that the engraved parts would shine if I put lights on the sides, but its not easy to be a homogeneous light.

Primera prueba de iluminación
First test of enlightened

To put a strip of LEDs and illuminate the outline I had to make a framework with sufficient gap. These strips are sold in electronics stores, and although some already come with their own power source,they are typically sold at 9v, 12v and 24v.

Resultado final sin luz
Final result without light
Resultado final iluminado
Final result with light

The pity is that in the first trip made by car from my workshop, where I made the frame to the house … the glass was broken in two halfs. Well, maybe someday we will repeat it.


(The glass was a part of those that are mounted without molding, so it’s easy to find one of the same size, is something to consider when making crafts, look for materials that are easily replaceable, if we start from something we find and that inspires us … will also be a funny handcraft, but a single piece)

Speak friend and enter.

What if we put the gates of Moria? This was the question I asked my wife when we did not know what to do with the big mirror we have in the entrance hall. Of course the answer was a resounding yes.

Said and done, a week after the mirror was decorated.

The first thing we did, (well my wife) she drew the Gates of Moria and cut vinyl to stick in in the mirror and paint. Once drawn, cut and numbered vinyl we got down to work to put the vinyl, about 11. We Placed it and removed the leftover vinyl to paint. It is worth saying that the vinyls were to be used as a mask. Then we gave with water-based varnish.

Puertas de Moria
Moria gates drawing

The image above is taken from a page of drawings by Tolkien called Anarda

Now I tell the story of why we chose water-based varnish as “painting”. When we did the workshop, we covered it with wood to make it more friendly. Well, when it was varnished we saw as a few drops of paint fell on the window. When my wife saw the effect of varnish on the glass said he had the same effect as if we had painted an acid etched glass. It’s true that gives that impression, with the slight difference that the varnish, if you like, you can remove. And here the story of the varnish.

Here below youcan see the result. we love it and many of our friends too. The truth is that it draws much attention and is the first thing you see when you enter the house.

Espejo Puertas de Moria
Moria Gates in our mirror