Thursday, December 18, 2008

Glass Etching

It is actually sooooo simple to do, and the results can be stunning. The only drawback of glass etching that I can see is the cost of the etching cream. It is EXPENSIVE! Oh man! A small 10 oz bottle of it was $34.99 at Michaels. Of course you should use a 40% off coupon and save yourself $14.00 to help ease the cost. I also purchased my mirrors at Michaels, for quite resonable prices.

Seriously I got a little carried away once I discovered how easy it was! I started with this small coaster set. Here's how:

piece of glass or mirror
plastic or paper stencil
etching cream
repositionable spray adhesive
flat bristle paintbrush

1. Clean your glass with Windex first, wipe until dry.
2. Spray the back of your stencil with the repositionable adhesive. ( I laid down scrap paper underneath to catch any overspray from the can.)
3. Position the stencil on your glass. Don't worry if you place it crooked or wrong, just peel it back up and position again.
4. Rub the stencil firmly to ensure complete contact with the glass, especially on any small pieces in the design.
5. Using the paintbrush, apply a thick layer of etching cream onto your stencil making sure to completely cover all open areas of the stencil. *Also be careful not to brush any extra cream in unwanted areas!!
6. Let cream stand for 5 minutes. ( I have found that adding additional time is not neccessary and doesn't improve the darkness of the etching very much, but it doesn't hurt if you accidentally leave it on too long.)
7. Wash cream completely off under running water. Dry, and clean with Windex again.
That's it! Just think about all the possibilities with all the stencils out there!

Glass Etching on votive holders is a little more difficult but worth the trouble for the beautiful outcome. When you think of all the glass items in your house that could be spruced up with some decorative etching I hope you'll be as excited as I am!


Carolyn Easton said...

Wow, someone went a little crazy with the glass etching! ha ha It looks like fun. When are we going to do it?

Motherhood for Dummies said...

Those are so DANG CUTE! Seriously! You are making me want to go out and do that even more. I love the coasters! Did you use your crickets with some of the patterns?

Gtgoodfellow said...

I wish you were still close so we could do our art projects together still... :( They look awesome though! I like the mirrors! However, we do miss you guys!!


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