Yesterday I completed a projecct from the Black Cat USA Forum Christmas in July Crop. I was really busy in July, so I am catching up on some of the challenges now. Maxine from http://maxinesmadness.blogspot.com/ challenged us to create an etched project with a Celtic theme, to be used as a gift. Thanks for a really fun challenge, Maxine!
I used my 15" Black Cat Cougar to cut vinyl to use as a mask on an octagon shaped mirror ornament from Michael's. I used my air eraser to etch a celtic knot design. After etching the ornament, I placed a layered vinyl holly motif on the ornament. I liked the results, so I made two more, while I still had my air eraser hooked up.
After checking the prices on etching creme at the hobby stores, I decided that it would be just as cost effective in the long run to purchase an air eraser, as my husband already owned an air compressor. I have used it a few times, and I am pleased with it so far. The only thing I would wish for is a larger reservior for the etching powder. I had to refill twice just to do these 3 small items! I'm pretty sure I will get irritated with that when working on larger projects.
Here are some photos of the results: