Thursday, June 17, 2010

Glass Etching by Make It & love It

Looking for a way to add a little extra decoration to some glass? This tutorial from Make It and Love It shows how to permanently etch glass with a decoration of your choice. Etching glass is a great way to create your very own, one-of-a-kind glassware. It's also a great idea to personalise glassware for gifts!

Note: This technique permanently etches your glass. You cannot remove it once you're done. With that said, your creation will not rub or wash off, and will stay put as long as the dish lasts.
What you need:

• Piece of vinyl with an adhesive back
• Craft Cutter or Utility Knife and cutting board
• Transfer Paper
• Glassware
• Etching agent/cream


• First, you'll need a piece of vinyl with an adhesive back, like the vinyl you buy for vinyl wall decor. You can buy rolls or sheets of it at craft stores (if you must have some today) or you can buy some great vinyl much cheaper from one of my sponsors, Expressions Vinyl. If you don't have a craft cutter of some sort to cut the image for you (like I did), then you can trace an image, shape, or letters on the vinyl and then cut it out with an exacto knife, or utility knife. (And I haven't tried this but I think you may be able to do the glass etching technique with a piece of contact paper, if you're going to be cutting out your shapes free hand with an exacto knife.)

• Then peel away the shapes, leaving the negative space all in one piece. (Keep in mind if you are using an exacto knife, to not cut through the negative space. Cut away the shapes/letters, but leave the main piece together, without cuts or tears in it.

• Then place a piece of transfer paper (you could use contact paper for this too I'm guessing...) that is sticky on one side, to the front of your vinyl.

• Then peel the vinyl backing away. (The red side that you see below is the sticky side.)

• Then place your vinyl against your glass, making sure to center the image just where you'd like it. Press down firmly, then pull off the transfer paper/contact paper.
• See how there are air bubbles? Press those down firmly with your fingers. If they are far from the opening of your image, don't worry about them. You just don't want the etching cream to get in under the edges and mess up the image.

• Then apply a layer of your etching cream on the exposed glass.  Follow the instructions on the bottle and allow the cream to sit and rough up the glass surface. (I left mine to sit for about 10 minutes.)

**Again, this process makes the etching permanent. The cream is an acid, and etches away at the surface of your glass.......transforming the look of your glass permanently. So you cannot rub or wash the etching off.

• Then I rinsed off really well with water and used my fingers to rub it all off. Then I peeled back the vinyl and rinsed again with soap and water.

• Dry your glass and admire the beautiful etching, all done for you by the cream.

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