(Closed) DIY glass etching…anyone else?

posted 9 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’m thinking about it! There was a recent magazine article in either DIY magazine or one of the Martha Stewart magazines about this…don’t remember which one it was, I’ll have to check later! They had some good tips about glass etching though!

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I was thinking about it too…. I picked up our champagne flutes at winners for $2 each, and they are great, but I would love to etch them myself.

I just got a 40% coupon for michaels for this week, so I might go and pick up the kit, but I would love to hear about other bees experiences, and tips as well!! 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009 - Red Fish Grill

I’ve made a few glass-etched plates to give as candle coaster gifts.  I didn’t use a kit, though.  I picked up a small bottle of Armour Etch cream and made my own stencils with adhesive vinyl and applied the cream with a small foam brush.  From my experience, it took a bit longer than the recommended 5 minutes to get a good etch.  I think it was closer to 8-10 minutes.

Because toasting flutes are significantly thinner than the plates I used, I’d definitely start out following the instructions.  Would it add to much to your costs to pick up another flute (or another glass item of similar thickness) to practice on?

The only real tips that I have are to:

  • protect the areas of the glass that you don’t want etched with a piece of adhesive vinyl, mailing label, tape, etc.
  • use your fingernail to get a good seal between your stencil and glass, so that the cream doesn’t seep underneath
  • apply the cream rather thickly and as evenly as possible
  • set up shop next to a sink, preferably on the kitchen counter

Good luck!
 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

I etched wine glasses in home ec in 8th grade! I don’t remember exactly all the details but i am sure it is pretty easy to do! I just remember the acid stuff looked like peanutbutter, and we smeared it on and left it overnight. Good Luck!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009 - Red Fish Grill

Oh, I forgot one more thing… don’t get it on your skin!  I’m sure that’s printed somewhere in bold letters on the instructions.  But a little reminder never hurts! A pair of disposable latex gloves will do the trick.  Also, the stuff is pretty smelly (in a strong way), so open a window.

Post # 9
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Newbee

I’ve also done glass etching with Armour Etch and it was SUPER easy.  i did a bunch of vases, candle holders, and mirrors for gifts a few years back.  I made stencils with shelf liner (I had a ton on hand), painted it on, let it set, rinsed it off with no problems.  I made a little mistake and got some etching cream on the wrong area and ended up doing a double overlapping etch and loved it even more!  Experiment and have fun!

TBTG

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Thanks for all the info everyone!! I think I am going to pick up some cheap dollar store vases as well Samisomsam, to practice on.

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I’ve done it and it didn’t turn out that good.  It was too hard for me and very messy.  I love to do DIY things but sometimes its a hit and miss for me. I’m more better at paper. 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

There is a post or two on Elizabeth Anne Designs about Ami’s shot glasses. Very easy!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Samisomsamcan we see pics? I am curious about this!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

^ can

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I was going to go the etched glass route, but I found this woman on Etsy that makes vinyl decals that look JUST like etched glass. I figured for this one I’d rather pay someone else than mess up all my centerpieces. I had her custom make what I wanted and they look amazing! and so cheap too. Check her out:

 http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=24600020

She was a dream to work with! Good Luck!

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