T is back with another great tip – What NOT to Do When Etching Glass.
I have never tried to Etch Glass, I would not even know where to start! That’s why I have T do these things to share with you, so you know how to do them correctly.
Most of the time T is showing you the right way to do something, well, today we’ll learn backward! lol We’ll learn what NOT to do when DIY Glass Etching, and that will teach us what TO DO to Etch Glass properly!
We all know we can learn as much, if not more from a FAIL than from a success, so let’s get going!
Without further ado, here’s T:
Would you like to see a trial and error tip?
I definitely have one for you today. I thought I would try glass etching and I learned a few things.
In case you aren’t quite familiar with the glass etching process, you can see by the images in this post that it cause a slightly rough surface and a beautiful frosted glass that makes any object you choose more personalized.
With this DIY project the sky is the limit – or maybe the imagination is…. you can make a gorgeous design with monograms, Polka Dots, words, stripes, letters – anything you can dream up.
First of all one of the questions I am asked most often about this is does etching cream expire or more specifically does Armour etch cream expire. The answer to both is according to the manufacturer – no it doesn’t expire.
One of the most popular choices for etching glass is drinking glasses, such as wine glasses, beer mugs, water glasses, pint glasses, and champagne flutes pretty much any household glassware, although I have seen a friend etch a mirror in her bedroom, and it turned out beautifully.
A glass etching project is a fun way to make great gifts for the family. Candle holders are one of my favorite gifts to give. You can give them their own design with their last name on it.
I want to share a bit of wisdom with you so you do not make the mistakes I made.
What NOT To Do When Etching Glass
In answer to the question What do I need to etch glass? Here’s what you will need:
Flexible stencils (adhesive paper for any custom stencil is ideal)
Painter’s tape (to hold the edges of the stencil)
Pair of gloves (either a plastic glove or latex gloves)
Cotton swab or a popsicle stick (to add the cream)
Glass object of your choice
You can buy these items at any local craft store, dollar store, also Hobby Lobby is a good choice, so is any Michaels stores.
Since this is more of a what not to do type post, you may want to bookmark this page for future reference.
Initially I thought I could make my own stencil with letters I printed from my computer.
I was pretty good at cutting out the letters I wanted to use.
The first thing I did was tape the letters to the glass surface and even figured a way to get it to lay just right.
For the next step I applied Armour Etching Cream.
This was pretty easy but definitely my first MISTAKE!
It looked good on the inside of the glass.
I let this sit for exactly 20 minutes because I layered on a pretty thick layer of etching cream.
What happens if you leave glass etching cream on too long? It can weaken your stencil making it even harder to get off, it can also scorch your glass as it is “eating” away at it. So be sure to not leave the glass etching cream on too long.
Which leads us to: How long should you leave etching cream on the surface of your glass? The directions say to leave it for 1 minute, but that really doesn’t seem to make an impact or give the desired results. It takes more like 5 minutes to do the job and get the best results.
Putting on a thick coat was not a good idea but luckily I had to learn the hard way.
Another MISTAKE was taking off the stencil. I should have washed it off with the stencil on.
I should have washed the glass straight on instead of leaning it over.
I definitely helped the image smear. I ended with a somewhat blurry mess.
I would have had a much smoother image if I had printed on adhesive paper so the stencil sticks and then cut the stencil out. This would have greatly helped the smudging and overall blurriness of the image.
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The second time I decided to try again with tape. I went with a bigger tape that had a tighter seal.
I had not learned my lesson in regards to too much etching cream, yet.
It did look much better on the inside.
I let this one sit for 20 minutes again and this time I left the stencil in place.
I did not learn not to avoid turning the glass sideways when I washed it. This created yet another MISTAKE.
After removing the tape, the image was not great but it was a bit better.
It looked much better than I expected but I am not happy with the collecting around the edges of the triangle. I blame my excessive use of etching cream.
I also packed the sides and should not have. I have learned a lot from my mistakes and now it is your turn.
Do not use a self made template that is not printed on adhesive paper. It is a HUGE waste of time.
Try not to use so much etching cream. Less is more for sure.
Make sure your image adheres without air bubbles so that the etching cream does not leak underneath the stencil.
Use an X-Acto knife if you have one.
When washing, use water and a little dish soap or detergent. I did this but my mistake was not washing it straight on.
Do not tilt your object to one side. Doing so helps the cream collect in the corners.
Wash your object with the stencil on. If you take the stencil off you could run the risk of smudging your masterpiece.
I hope these WHAT NOT TO DO tips help you as much as they would have helped me.
T is a work at home mom with a husband known only as The Honey and four children, lovingly referred to as, The Tax Deductions.
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