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Glass Etched Ornament

Here’s a nice wedding or Christmas gift that isn’t too difficult or expensive.  Made it with my Silhouette Cameo.  Don’t worry, I will be doing things that don’t require the Silhouette soon.  Just needed to use my new toy for gifts!  😉  It’s a beveled glass ornament etched with the Sacramento Mormon Temple, names, and the year the couple got married.  You could do the same thing with any temple, church or building.  You could even find some other kind of graphic or just use text.

Start out with a photograph of the image that you want to use.  I found a lovely image of the Sacramento Temple on  I won’t post it on here since I do not own the photo, but the website has tons of photos of every LDS temple.

I brought the photo into Photoshop Elements and played around with the high pass filters and threshold until I had a nice, high contrast, black and white image.  I inverted the colors so that the main image of the temple would be black.  I used the black brush tool (a lot) to fill in a lot of the details since the stencil was going to be so small.  It’s going to be SMALL, so don’t worry about perfection.  Then I used the cutout filter to simplify the image even further.  I ended up with the image below.  There are some nice youtube videos that can show you how to do this better than I can.

Now you want to open up your image in Silhouette Studio.  Use the trace feature with the “high pass” on the greatest setting and the “low pass” on the lowest setting.

Push trace and delete your image.  You should be left with this.

Clean up your outline by deleting and adjusting some of the points and make it the right size for your ornament.  Add some text (make sure to fuse it together if it’s a cursive font) and you are ready to cut your vinyl.

This is how it should look all cut out, transferred, and ready for the etching cream.  I bought my ornament from here and used the same Armour Etch cream that I used to make the mugs that I did before.

I can’t tell you how hard this thing was to get photos of, but it turned out really nice.  Like the reflection of my fingers and camera in the ornament? 🙂

Hope everyone had a great Christmas!

You might also like this free LDS baptism program template.

Free LDS Baptism Program Template

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Tuesday 12th of November 2013

Seriously I think you should take orders and sell these! They are so cute! Diana

Jessica Anderson

Wednesday 13th of November 2013

Thanks, Diana! I considered it. Only problem would be custom designing all of the buildings. Maybe some day.

Katie Wollenberg

Monday 1st of April 2013

Where did you find the glass ornament?

Nancy Bandzuch

Tuesday 15th of January 2013

You always have such wonderful projects! I love reading your blog. I wanted to invite you to come link up at a party on my blog. It is a link party for OLD projects--so that we can hopefully get more traffic to our blogs using projects we've already posted. Come over and remind us of some of your favorite projects!The link-up is live now. to see you there!Nancy

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