By now, you’ve probably realized my newfound eternal love for comics. Additionally, you might also be aware of my love for my local comic book shop. One of the things that I love about my local shop is their monthly Ladies Night get-together. It’s a great space to hang out with other nerdy ladies who enjoy the same fandoms as you do. I’ve done a write-up on this event before on the site, but June’s meet-up was incredibly awesome.
Not only did I get the chance to hang with the Nerdettes, but we did a craft this time! Susan, the lady who runs the event, had been hinting at a craft, but I found out a week prior that we would be etching glasses. As you can imagine, I was rather chuffed by this, so I patiently waited for the week to roll around so I could get my hands on a new project. When the day finally arrived, I was ready to get down to business. I even made Captain America Puppy Chow to share with the Nerdettes. That’s how excited I was.
Our mission was simple: choose a stencil, stick it on the glass, and start etching. Susan provided us with various vinyl stencils that were comic-themed. There was Batman and Superman, of course, as well as Batwoman, Captain America, and the Non-Compliant symbol from Bitch Planet. Since Batgirl is my favorite, I wanted to make a glass in her honor. One of the other Nerdettes was using the Batman symbol, so I decided to use the Batwoman symbol and go from there (her symbol is similar to the current Batgirl symbol).
Once we had out stencils on, we passed around a huge jar of Armor Etch. This goop, which looked like papier mache glue, is what we would slather on our glasses to create an etched effect. So, we began the process of painting and waiting. We found out pretty quickly to be careful with this goop; at one point, a small drop landed on my finger, and it started to burn my skin within seconds. In fact, there were no instructions on the jar, just warning after warning. But what’s a craft without a bit of danger?
Everyone had a unique design for their glasses. Some emblazoned their glassware with symbols of their favorite superheroes, and others wrote names or phrases. The Nerdette sitting next to me used one of her own original designs on her glass, which turned out beautifully.
We etched, we ate, and we discussed; it was all so much fun. Another Nerdette brought homemade almond cookies, which were delicious. And the Captain America Puppy Chow I made turned out wonderfully. When all was said and done, we each walked away with two glasses we had made. I’d say that Ladies Night was a success!
This month will be a new craft project, so I am definitely looking forward to that! If you’re interested in an event like this, I strongly encourage you to check out your local comic book shop and see if they have a Ladies Night. If not, start your own! You can find a shop near you with this handy-dandy shop locator. One more thing: remember to have fun and be nerdy!
Life was meant to be lived nerdily, so what are you waiting for?