Monday, October 11, 2010

Glass Etching

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Glass etching means to create an art on the glass surface by applying acidic substance.
Glass etching adds elegance and sophistication to ordinary household items,that can be the effect of a clear design on a frosted background  or vice versa.The glass etching can be done on mirrors,frames,vases,glasses and even windows and make the items more appealing.

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Things You Need:
  • Etching cream(available from major crafts stores)
  • Stencil(either get one from arts n crafts store or make your own at home)
  • Disposable gloves.
  • Bucket of  warm water
  • Safety glasses
  • Glass cleaner
  • Dish cleaner
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  • Paper towels
  • Masking tape
  • Piece of Glass

  1. Wash the glass with window cleaner and dry it completely with the paper towel before placing the stencil.
  2. Carefully place the stencil on the glass.If you have made your own stencil then stick it to the glass with the masking tape properly,else stick the stencil to the glass with the adhesive side of the stencil  to the glass.
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  4. Cover the rest of the glass with the masking tape so that it does not get etched.
  5. Before applying etching cream to the desired portion,make sure to wear disposable gloves and eye protection as etching cream is highly caustic and can be harmful.
  6. With the brush,apply a thick even coat of etching cream to the exposed glass.
  7. Also make sure that etching cream is evenly spreaded on corners and edges.
  8. Wait for 15-20 minutes.
  9. Carefully wipe off the etching cream with paper towel after 20 minutes,and dispose the paper towel properly as etching cream is very acidic and harmful if comes in contact with the skin.
  10. Remove the gloves,and wash the etched glass with warm water and dish cleaner so as to remove any residue of etching cream.
  11. Remove the stencil and finally clean the glass with glass cleaner and paper towel.
  12. There you go,glass etching is complete and the glass is beautifully etched.

1 comment:

  1. Acccording to this blog glass painting or doing an etched glass really easy so if you are interested to do this kind of craft better to read this first.