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Etching on Glass

Step-by-step instructions about etching on glass. First off lets begin by saying there is more than one way to Etch glass. Some possible ways are sandblasting, using a dremel, applying an etching cream, or using a laser.

Picture of etching on glass.The image above shows glass that was etched on using a sandblaster. But I'm going to assume that your not Darth Vader walking around toting your own laser and that you don't have your own sandblaster. So in this article I'm going to teach you the least equipment intensive route when it comes to etching glass. And that is using an etching cream. You will need the following materials for this project:

  • Tape or vinyl contact paper
  • Pen, pencil, or sharpie
  • Craft knife, razor blade, or utility knife
  • Glass cleaner
  • Safety glasses
  • Disposable gloves
  • Glass etching cream

Step 1: Wash the glass that you are going to etch on with soap and water.

Step 2: Dry it with a clean cloth.

Step 3: Apply tape or a piece of vinyl contact paper to overlay on to the glass and then cut out your design. Vinyl contact is is vinyl with an adhesive side.

Step 4: Draw your design onto to the tape or vinyl contact paper covering the glass that you want to etch.

Step 5: Using craft knife, razor blade, or utility knife cut out the design you drew in step 4.

Step 6: Apply a layer of etching cream to the areas you cut out with a brush. Possible glass etching creams you could use are:

Armour Etch - Armour Products sells a glass etching cream called Armour Etch. I've seen 10 ounce bottles of this on the net from between fourteen dollars and twenty bucks.

EtchAll - is a re-usable glass etching creme. However, when applying their product to the glass do not use a brush because streaking may occur. Instead apply using a squeegee. After leaving the creme on for 15 minutes use the squeegee again to return the creme back to the container. A 16 oz bottle of this will run you around $43.

Step 7: Leave the glass etching cream on for the amount of time recommended by whichever product you purchased. Afterwards rinse of the glass etching cream off with water.

Step 8: Remove the tape or vinyl contact and then clean the piece with a glass cleaner.

Step 9: Voila, your done! Now sit back and admire how cool it looks. The great thing about etching on glass is that it is an easy and fun way to turn a boring and pedestrian object into a unique piece of art.

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