How to Make an Etched Glass Cheese Platter

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How to Make an Etched Glass Cheese Platter

I always tell my son that the secret ingredient to every dish is always cheese. This still makes me laugh, but 4 years ago, I joined in a 10-in-10 series and one of the topics was 10 reasons I am unique. My son (who was 10 at the time) wrote a silly blog post for me called 10 Reasons My Mom is Weird and #1 on his list was “She is obsessed with cheese. Really obsessed. She tries to put cheese in everything. You should see her go nuts in the cheese aisle at the store.” 

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My family wasn’t surprised when I made this etched glass cheese platter. Etched glass platters are the perfect gift to give to family and friends at Thanksgiving or Christmas, and also as hostess gifts, to say thank you for a wonderful event or party.

Creating an etched glass dish is much easier than you can imagine!

Steps to Making an Etched Glass Cheese Platter

First, you need to find the perfect platter or plate for your project. For my cheese platter, I wanted a dish that was the perfect size to hold a Kaukauna® Cheese Ball.  A 10-inch plate turned out to be just right.

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I wanted to etch the phrase The secret ingredient is always cheese around the edge of my platter, so I had to determine (with a simple ruler) where the bottom of the letters should be. You can see in the photo above that the perfect place for the bottom of the letters is around the 7-inch diameter mark.

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For the next step, you’ll need Silhouette Studio, which is free to download. This is the software created for the Silhouette Cameo cutting machine. Even if you don’t have the machine, you can still use the software to create your template, which you would then need to cut into vinyl by hand using a craft knife.

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Create a 7-inch circle and type out the phrase. Don’t worry about the font or size yet…you could end up wasting time finding the perfect font that may look great in a straight line, but terrible in a circle.

Click inside the text. A green box and small black cross will appear. Grab that black cross and drag your text to the circle.

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Now that you have curved text, you can fiddle with the font, size and spacing. Just make sure that you do not make the text size too tall. It needs to be confined to the size of the plate. If you own a Silhouette Cameo cutting machine, you can use whatever fancy font you want, since the machine will cut it for you. If you’ll be cutting by hand, try to choose a simple font with straight lines, like Amity Jack.

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The machine is cutting the curved text into black vinyl.

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Once the letters are cut, you need to remove the excess vinyl. I use a craft knife to pull the letters out. (You could save these letters for another project too!)

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This is what your vinyl will look like once all the letters are removed. I laid the plate on top to make sure I was happy with the placement.

It looked perfect! I couldn’t wait to get my Kaukauna® Cheese Ball out of the refrigerator and serve it to my family!

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Transfer tape is extremely important, since it allows you to move a lot of vinyl at one time. The small unconnected parts of the letters a, e, g, and d come along in one piece. Thoroughly rub the transfer tape all over the vinyl and then pull it away from its backing.

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Flip the vinyl over and position the plate on top of it. This way you can make sure that the curved letters are in the exact place you want them.

At this point, you may need your scissors to cut away some excess vinyl. Laying sticky vinyl over a curved surface can be tricky, but not too difficult. It is hard to explain what to do, but you’ll know exactly what to do when you have it in your own hands. As you can see in the photo above, I cut away the center and cut a line between cheese and The.

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As you are smoothing the vinyl over the plate, remove as many air bubbles as you can. As long as the air bubbles are not touching any of the letters, you are fine. You just don’t want your etching cream to seep out underneath a letter.

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Spread the etching cream over the letters. Spread it on thick. Etching cream is reusable, so don’t worry about being wasteful.

Wait 10 minutes, but be sure to keep an eye on it and watch for drips. After 10 minutes, you can scrape the etching cream back into the jar. I use a wooden craft stick.

Rinse the rest of the cream off in the sink and then remove the vinyl.

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You are left with a gorgeous cheese platter, perfect for a cheese ball and crackers.

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The last thing you need to do is run out to Kroger and grab some Kaukauna® Cheese, which can usually be found near the deli section with the fancy cheeses.

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My favorite cheese by far is Kaukauna® Cheese. Why?

  • It is made with 100% real cheddar, straight from Wisconsin.
  • It comes in cups of spreadable cheese (available in Port Wine or Sharp Cheddar), cheese balls with an outer coating of chopped almonds (available in Sharp Cheddar, Port Wine, Smoky Bacon, Pepper Jack, Bacon Jalapeno, Asiago, or Sriracha), and cheese logs with an outer coating of chopped almonds (available in Double Sharp Cheddar or Port Wine).
  • I could literally eat it all day.

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As their slogan goes: “We make it delicious, you make it beautiful.”

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