(Closed) anyone have experience with etching glass? (help me!)

posted 6 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2024

I’ve etched glass before. My only suggestion is (if I remember correctly, it was a long time ago!) Put masking tape on whatever you are etching (mug) then stencil or free hand in pencil and cut that out with an exacto knife, apply the cream, wait for it to work, wipe off, remove tape and done! I did a mirror and it came out great!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Yes! I did this for Fiance last Valentines, and Future Father-In-Law for a Christmas gift and we are doing the same thing for groomsmen, actually working on it this weekend! It’s super easy but you may have to find the right tools. Sorry this will be LONG and probably will have been answered 10 times by the time I finish typing 🙂

Here is my process: I have this tool called a silhouette that is like a printer except it cuts instead of prints… very cool. So I designed the shapes/logo/monogram for each glass and cut them out of removable vinyl, which is just like creating a custom shaped sticker. When you cover the glass with the sticker, those are the parts that WONT be etched, they are protected. You can use normal stickers as a sub for custom here I’d think. Just make sure they are thick and won’t slide around.

For example, for the Groomsmen one of them is a huge Dallas Cowboys fan, so I am cutting out the star logo. If the logo is the etched part, you want a thick border of sticker around it so that the etching creme doesn’t drip onto the glass.

You are supposed to dilute the cream with water… oops I forgot to do that last time and it made no difference. Might have worked better, just a side note. Also the stuff is corrosive (duh) so wear gloves or be careful not to get it on your hands.

Place the sticker on the glass, and using a paint brush apply the etching cream in thick globs. A thin layer won’t really do the trick. Check every minute or so to see that it isn’t dripping. I had a few that got drip marks under the sticker. After the time recomended on the bottle, wipe off the excess. Then repeat the thick globs once more. I found it etched unevenly in only one try. After that, rinse it all off with water and remove the sticker… that’s it!

Also, I used pint glasses from the dollar store the first time and you can’t tell that they were cheap. For the groomsmen, my Mom snagged glasses for 30 cents each on clearance at Target. We are doing 4 for each Groomsmen with a logo for their sports team or college (each different) and their monogram.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2024

@X0JLYNN03 You can get etching cream at Hobby Lobby, Joann Fabric, Michaels any craft store really, Walmart might even carry it.

Also YES my name is totally from Big Bang Theory, it’s my favorite, as is Sheldon Cooper Laughing

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

This may be a stupid question… would this only work on glass?

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I also etched glass using masking tape.  I think Bazinga said it all and yes its super easy!

The only other suggestions I’d have is to be weary of glass that may have a special coating on it.  I found out the hard way that the etching cream doesn’t always work if its coated!

Also, the etching is very fine when you use the creams so if you want your design to stand out a bit more, you can rub over it with a white oil pastel crayon.

Good luck and hope you’ll post your glasses when you’re finished!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@jlpalumbo:  I think so. I also think i remember seeing somewhere theat it won’t work on pyrex but I may be getting that wrong. It’s corrosive and really does eat into the glass a little, so I’m not sure how well it would work on plastic for example.

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