Capree K

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Capree Kimball is a design nerd and a dog-loving optimist with a penchant for collecting tin robots and gobbling up gravy-smothered biscuits. You… read more

Comments - How To: Make Your Own Mod Eames-Inspired Drinking Glasses!

CapreeK on Jan 02, 2013:

Jenna -- Thank you! Good luck with the project! :) As for the wall, it is a wallpaper from Orla Kiely. You could easily recreate it with a stencil and some painter's tape: paint the center "stem" first (created using the tape), then create a raindrop-shaped stencil from thin plastic -- you can find ready-to-cut stencil sheets at most craft stores. Play around with different colors for the "leaves" and have fun!

Jenna on Jan 02, 2013:

These are beautiful! So happy to have come across your blog! These cups are next on my to-do list, but I'm also wondering about your wall-paper or paint behind the cups? Did you use a wallpaper or are those leaves painted on? It's wonderful! I've been looking for a pattern like this for our feature wall, any advice on how to recreate it? Thank you!


Karen on Jun 28, 2012:

My daughter has been making us almost identical stemless wine glasses for a couple years now.   Similar pattern, and each one unique, better than a bauble.  Only she has sand blasted them.  She also found using white contact paper worked better, then you can apply it first and free-form cut with an exacto on the glass.  Love Them!! 

CapreeK on Jun 26, 2012:

Kirsten - Yes, good point! It's probably best to wear gloves to be on the safe side!

Kirsten on Jun 26, 2012:

I know this is an old post now, but you really don't want this etching cream getting on your skin. It contains hydrofluoric acid (not as potent as the straight type used in more commercial etching) but hazardous none the less. Concentrated HFl can cause burns, pass through skin and etch your bones (yikes!) and while the cream is safer and more dilute I'd never consider glove usage to be optional.

CapreeK on Jun 19, 2012:

John - Yikes! Sorry to hear that happened. You definitely want to avoid having the cream touch anything that you don't want etched. Careful and quick rinsing should help avoid this in the future!

Also, just a note for anyone attempting this, you don't need tons of cream to make this work. There shouldn't be globs of the stuff coming off when you rinse -- if there are, make sure you rinse them off your sink/other surfaces immediately.

John on Jun 19, 2012:

BE CAREFUL WITH THAT CREAM! We made these a while back and rinsed in a stainless steel sink with silas stone countertops around the sink.  Barely noticeable, but the finish on the silas stone quickly was affected by the cream and there are a few areas in the stainless steel sink with brown spots.

Kevin on Dec 31, 2011:

MOMA did make these tumblers back in early 2000's.  I had four and have one left.  MOMA Eames Dot Tumblers

Kevin on Dec 31, 2011:

Moma did put these glasses out back early 2000-2002. But are out of print and won't get them back out there(don't know why). If anyone has any of these, I want them.  I have one left of my four and heres a pic

:Eames Dot Tumblers by MOMA

TidyMom on Jun 11, 2011:

LOVE this!!

you may want to check this site....I think they may copied your post with out your permission (they did that to me, so I'm assuming yours is too)

OLD BRAND NEW on Apr 26, 2011:

This is a brilliant idea, Capree! I have a few vintage glasses and vases that's screaming for some mod diy love. Thanks for sharing, you rock!

MegRuth on Apr 25, 2011:


ThreeBirdsJewelry on Apr 25, 2011:

as for porcelain sinks, i do belive it can cause harm over time.  better to use stainless or utlity sink if you will be doing a lot of etching. my only other suggestion is to have ventilation -an open window or something.

DesigningMom on Apr 25, 2011:

I sure do like them. Being older than you I remember this from the first time around. :^) Seeing things like this from my youth brings back many good memories.

CapreeK on Apr 25, 2011:

@DesigningMom @ThreeBirds @Bruno - Thanks guys!  I'm glad you like the idea.  They were definitely fun to make!

Meadowlark on Apr 25, 2011:

Re: Porcelain/etching cream.

Good to know. Thanks.

CapreeK on Apr 25, 2011:

Meadowlark - As far as I know, the etching cream only affects glass, so rinsing it off in a porcelain sink is probably okay.  If you were to pour some of the cream directly on the porcelain and let it sit, that might be a different story.

DesigningMom on Apr 25, 2011:

These are awesome Capree!

ThreeBirdsJewelry on Apr 25, 2011:

oww- what a good idea to use that design. my friend just moved into a 50s home and this would be a great housewarming gift as he's into midcentruy. thanks!

Meadowlark on Apr 25, 2011:

I haven't seen one person mention "Don't rinse this off in a porcelain sink".  Is that a myth or a true concern?

bruno on Apr 25, 2011:


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