Thursday, December 16, 2010

day 9 - diy - glass etching 101 from yours truly...Jar of Vintage Buttons

It's just me, so don't get too excited :) I had a day to fill and thought I could entertain you with a great tutorial on glass etching. It's so easy to do and makes wonderful personalized gifts on any flat glass or mirrored surface.

your glass item - I'm using a beer glass
glass etching cream (found at any craft store)
paint brush
glass cleaner and paper towel
printed image
printable sticker sheet
x-acto knife

Step 1: clean your glass item well with glass cleaner ensuring there are no fingerprints

Step 2: print your image on the sticker sheet and cut around the image leaving plenty of room around the image

Step 3: Carefully stick your image on the glass making sure there aren't any air bubbles
Step 4: Using your x-acto knife VERY carefully cut out the outline of your image
Step 5: Peel the inside of your outlined image off the glass and wipe again with glass cleaner
Step 6: Paint a generous amount of the etching cream onto your stencil. Remember that whatever the etching cream touches it will frost that area so be careful that the cream does not drip.
Step 7: Let sit for 5 minutes

Step 8: Wash the etching cream off and remove the remaining sticker sheet from the glass.

Step 9: Wash the glass thoroughly and you are now ready to enjoy a funny frosty beverage :)
The etching is permanent and dishwasher safe! I've used this same technique to make monogrammed sets of glasses for gifts and even monogrammed small mirrors and glued ribbon on the back as an ornament. The possibilities are really endless and one small jar of etching cream will last through many projects. Have fun!


Tasha said...

Oh my goodness...this is such an easy project!

Heather Walton said...

Oh my, I could even do this!!! Love it :)

Nicole-Lynn said...

Very fun! I'm doing this for our groomsmen but etching their first name initial's. I'd love to do some with the moustache. Do you have the template?

leslie said...

Nicole, I just posted some templates for mustaches! Enjoy!

jess @ pen n' paperflowers said...

Thanks SO much for leaving a comment on my blog and leading me to your fun version of glass etching!! How adorable. LOVE the mustache idea!!! I'd had another reader suggest sticker paper as well! Brilliant! Thanks for stopping by!! I've shared this on my FB fan page!!