DIY Glass Etching

Today I want to share a little DIY something with you I discovered recently: Glass Etching!

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I know, cat hairs all over the place🙂

It doesn’t take too much time, but you will need your full attention and some essential preparations. Read on!

Two of my friends are getting married soon, so I was thinking about making something special for the bride and groom. I read about glass etching before and though glass etching paste is kind of a harsh chemical mixture to work with, I thought that if I prepared well, I could give it a try! The results can be stunning!

So I bought some etching creme and experimented a bit with this project on a photo frame (which is flat and therefore easier to work with).

Glass etching paste may seem pretty expensive, but a small bottle will go a long way and you can even re-use it later if you want to. I used ‘armour etch’ which you can buy here (in The Netherlands).

what you need

You will start by getting all your materials in order. Have them ‘at the ready’ so you don’t have to go looking for them once you’ve started!

You need tissues or toiletpaper, a spatula to apply the paste (I used popsicle sticks), etching creme, LATEX GLOVES!!!

You need tissues or toiletpaper, a spatula to apply the paste (I used popsicle sticks), etching creme, LATEX GLOVES!!!

and some rubbing alcohol!

and some rubbing alcohol!

Draw your silhouette or text onto plastic adhesive foil. I guess you can use models to draw the silhouettes, but you will need adhesive foil to make it stick to the glass object, so the etching paste stays in place.

Draw your image onto adhesive foil

Draw your image onto adhesive foil

Cut the silhouettes or text with a crafting knife. Make sure you have a lot of leftover plastic around the image, so you will have covered enough glass around the image. It will reduce the chance of accidental spilling… You can either use a positive or negative image: with a positive image you etch the image you’ve cut out, with a negative image everything gets etched except for the silhouette.

Cut out the silhouette

Cut out the silhouette

Got your adhesive foil template ready?

Cover your workspace with a garbage bag, plastic or old newspapers.

Cover your workspace with plastic or paper

Cover your workspace with plastic or paper

Put on your latex gloves (I prefer the ones you can throw away after use and have some extra in case of spilling; if you spill, just take off the gloves inside-out and put on some new ones!). Clean the glass with rubbing alcohol. Any fingerprints will decrease the etching paste’s actions.

I had to etch the plate in multiple steps: since I wanted to make a border on the glass plate, I started by covering the edges with plastic tape. In between I left a small even space open and applied the etching paste.

Use plastic tape if you want to etch some straight borders

Use plastic tape if you want to etch some straight borders

Leave the paste for about 3 minutes.

After about three minutes, take it off with a wooden spatula and put it back in the bottle (to re-use it later) or in the plastic garbage bag. Wipe off most of the leftover paste with tissues and put these in a plastic bag.

Then immediately wash off any remains with lots of water.

Dry the plate, clean it again with rubbing alcohol, wait for the glass to dry completely and apply the plastic template. Press it down well! Especially at the edges of the template, so the etching paste doesn’t get underneath it.

Press down the template very well!!

Press down the template very well!!

Then apply an even layer of etching paste. Leave it for about 3 minutes.

Leave paste for 3 minutes.

Leave paste for 3 minutes.

Take off most of the paste again (like described before), wash with lots of water and dry.

Put all the waste in a plastic bag, fold it and throw away immediately.

And that’s it!

Result

Result

I used flash so you can see the results better

I used flash so you can see the results better

Enough practice, on to the real deal!

You could put a date or text under the image to make a little special memory for the bride and groom🙂

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