Friday, October 22, 2010

Glass Etching Using Wax

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Glass etching using wax is another etching technique that is as easy as glass etching the glass,glass etching the mirror or even glass engraving using rotary tool and gives equally beautiful effect.

Things You Need:
  • Glass
  • Paraffin Wax
  • Bee Wax
  • Brush
  • Template/Pattern
  • Hydrofluoric Acid
  • Graver
  • Gloves
  • Wash the glass with window cleaner and dry it completely with the paper towel,then place the template under the glass.
  • Melt the wax.
  • Cover the glass surface with an equable thin layer of  melted wax with the brush.
  • Let the coated wax dry and then begin etching the design placed under the glass with the graver.
  • Make sure to remove any jewelry you are wearing on your hands,so as to avoid the unnecessary etches.
  • Once the design is completely etched,make the thick and high boundaries of the glass with the bee wax,so as to avoid the flow of acid off the glass.
  • Wear your gloves and pour hydrofluoric acid on the glass and let it stay for 5-6 minutes,but if the acid is quite old then let it stay for 7-8 minutes.
  • When the respective time has passed,make a hole in the corner of one of the boundary of bee wax and drain all the acid.
  • After all acid has drained,remove the bee wax and wash the glass with warm water,removing all the paraffin wax from the glass.
  • Wash the glass properly with the dish cleaner and warm water and there you go,you have beautifully etched glass.
  • If you want to change this etched glass to mirror,then give it to your glass merchant and he will get it done for you.


  1. Thanks MusingMomo.keep coming to the blog,will post more techniques.
    take care and have a good day.

  2. So this is how these lovely masterpieces are done... Beautiful work of arts. :)

  3. Thanks Jolly Princess,yes, isn't it all so simple n appealing?
    Hope the techniques are easy to understand and helpful for all who are interested in glass painting.
    Good day.

  4. Thanaks for the easy method on how to make an etched glass, I know it would be a great help for me and to the others. Many thanks!