Thursday, May 10, 2012

Glass Etching

I love when you rediscover a fun crafty project! A few years ago my crafty girls gave me the best birthday gift ever. It was right after the "Crafty Bible" (Martha Stewart Encyclopedia Of Crafts) came out. The hubby got me the book and each of my friends got me supplies for some of the projects inside. One of my favorites was the section on glass etching. It is such an easy project and there are so many fun things you can do with it. I knew a set of etched glasses would be the perfect addition to a gift that I was putting together.

Here's what you need:

  • Glass Etching Cream (from your local craft store)
  • Brushes
  • Rubber gloves
  • Contact paper, stickers and/or reinforcement stickers (they make perfect etched circles)
  • Glass items to decorate - Goodwill is an excellent place to find things to etch
  • exacto knife

Here is a close-up of the Etching Cream

So let's get started...

Using your exacto knife, cut out your shape, letter or design from the contact paper. Some craft store also sell etching stencils that are already cut out. Attach the design to your glass. Make sure you seal all the edges so the cream doesn't leak under.
Using your brush, apply a thick layer of etching cream over the stencil. Follow the directions on the bottle to see how long to leave it on (for me it was only 5 minutes).
After the appropriate amount of time rinse the glass under water and gently remove the Etching Cream and contact paper. In less than 10 minutes you can have a perfectly personalized glass!
It's so much fun and definitely addicting. They make great gifts too. Who wouldn't love a set of etched wine glasses and a fabulous bottle of wine.

Here are just a few other ideas that I found:



1 comment:

  1. This page has wonderful ideas on doing etched glass, apparently I wanna try it. Many thanks for this info.