Glass Etching

I finally had a weekend to relax, and I have been meaning to etch some glass that I had around the house.

This weekend seemed like a good one,  so I spent a few hours yesterday personalizing some things.

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Etching was fairly simple, and the process itself took all of two minutes. It was just time-consuming getting everything together.

What you need:

  • Painters tape (I find this sticks really well to glass)
  • Etching compound (can be found at most craft stores, hardware stores, etc.)
  • X-acto knife
  • Design that has been printed out on paper or a stencil (Measured to fit your glass)
  • Magic Eraser
  • Glass jar, bottle, or whatever it is you are etching

What you do:

  1. Make sure you bottles are clean (no residue on the outside). The Magic Eraser comes in handy for this. And be sure to wipe off your piece so it is dry.
  2. Then decide where you want your design, and place your first piece of tape as centered as possible. It’s better when you only have to cut through one piece, but if they overlap that is fine, too. You can mark this spot so you don’t forget.
  3. Cover the rest of the glass with tape so the etching compound doesn’t get anywhere else when you wipe it off later.
  4. Place your stencil where you want it, and tape down all the sides so it doesn’t shift as you are cutting out your design.
  5. Then start cutting away!
    • A small reminder for letters: If you have letters with space inside (O, A, P, R, B, etc.), cut the inside first. If you cut the outside first and then your design pops out … you will either have to eye the inside or pull off your stencil, print a new one and somehow center the design over your already cut outside… all while you shake your fist cursing 🙂
    • As you cut, slowly peel away the tape to reveal your design
  6. When everything is cut, take off what is remaining from your stencil (this is garbage). And check your lines. Make any touch-ups and if there is adhesive within your design, use the trusty Magic Eraser.
  7. With a paint brush, put the etching compound onto your design and let it sit.
  8. Then when it is finished, wipe away.
  9. Peel off your tape … and tada! Your done … totally worth it.

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