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Project

Etched Glass

Introduction

Flea-market finds and dollar-a-glass specials can be transformed with monograms, stripes, and whimsical polka dots. All you need is etching cream (available at craft and art-supply stores), masking tape, and a steady hand to cut a template.

When using etching cream, wear plastic gloves and an old shirt with long sleeves, and be sure to work in a well-ventilated area.

Materials

  • Etching cream
  • Masking tape
  • Paintbrush

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Start by deciding upon your design. We used masking tape to make the stripes and adhesive hole-reinforcers (for loose-leaf paper) to make the polka dots. The M stencil was created by enlarging the typeface on a photocopy machine and cutting a stencil.Note: To make a monogram stencil, place the enlarged letter on a piece of Con-Tact paper, which has a sticky back that will adhere to glass. Trace the letter, then cut it out with a utility knife, discarding the letter itself and reserving the template -- remember to reserve the center cutouts of letters with closed shapes, like O and A.

  2. Step 2

    When applying your design, always clean and dry the glass first; press the design onto the glass, and rub hard. Using a paintbrush, apply a thick layer of etching cream to the glass. (Avoid spills, since cream will leave permanent marks.)

  3. Step 3

    Wait 5 minutes, then rinse off the cream with warm water, and remove the stencil.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, September 1997

Reviews (19)

  • lilpet 9 Oct, 2012

    Is it okay to use other brands of etching stencils with MS glass etching cream or vice versa? I've never done etching before and want to stencil my flutes for my wedding. Because of the shape of them, I can not have them engraved so I decided to try etching - I'll practice first of course. One brand has the date stencils and the other has the type of lettering stencils that I like.

  • lilpet 9 Oct, 2012

    Is it okay to use other brands of etching stencils with MS glass etching cream or vice versa? I've never done etching before and want to stencil my flutes for my wedding. Because of the shape of them, I can not have them engraved so I decided to try etching - I'll practice first of course. One brand has the date stencils and the other has the type of lettering stencils that I like.

  • lilpet 9 Oct, 2012

    Is it okay to use other brands of etching stencils with MS glass etching cream or vice versa? I've never done etching before and want to stencil my flutes for my wedding. Because of the shape of them, I can not have them engraved so I decided to try etching - I'll practice first of course. One brand has the date stencils and the other has the type of lettering stencils that I like.

  • lilpet 9 Oct, 2012

    Is it okay to use other brands of etching stencils with MS glass etching cream or vice versa? I've never done etching before and want to stencil my flutes for my wedding. Because of the shape of them, I can not have them engraved so I decided to try etching - I'll practice first of course. One brand has the date stencils and the other has the type of lettering stencils that I like.

  • RevKathyNelson 30 Jan, 2012

    You can't remove etching, if its painted you can remove that with a straight razor but be careful of the angle you hold the razor so you don't scatch the glass. But if it is real etching it can't be scatched off because the acid eats the glass away.

  • angelmoon1302 30 Jan, 2012

    how do you take etching off?

  • sweetstars5 29 Jan, 2012

    Martha Stewart Adhesive Stencils also work GREAT for etching glass - and she has DO MANY great designs!

    I found mine at Michaels!

    http://www.michaels.com/Stencils-Accessories/products-craftpainting-stencilsandaccessories,default,sc.html?q=*&start=12&sz=12

  • shimmysister 29 Jan, 2012

    This is a very fun and simple idea. I have done many projects - decorate glasses for gifts, jazz up old glass and play with wine bottles too. I use the wine bottles for lamps or candles for outdoor parties, or fill with small Christmas lights. etch mayo or peanut butter jars, make wire handles, put in a tea light and hang from the trees or deck.....

  • teach4MO 27 Nov, 2011

    Does anyone know if you can etch on Corning ware? I've been experimenting and it doesn't seem to leave as dark of an impression as I desire. Could it be the cream I'm using? I'm using Armour Etch.

  • craftmaster 20 Oct, 2009

    What a great way to spice up your glass. I heard about this through [url]http://ezinearticles.com/?Glass-Etching---How-to-Etch-Glass-Through-Vari...

  • Thedancer 20 Jul, 2009

    Glass Etching is very inexpensive especially when you use jars or bottles that was going to be thrown away. I also enjoy ready project ideas at Etchworld dot com

  • princessmabel 20 Jul, 2009

    Etching is an easy, inexpensive way to create unique glass ware. It can be done on any colour of glass. I have been etching for years and think it is a cheap way of making unique and loved gifts.

  • liveandlearn 19 Jul, 2009

    I bought the product and tried because I was excited to try different ideas. Its not as easy as it looks and also very expensive.

  • KaraWoman 22 Nov, 2008

    Can etching also be done on a dark colored glass? Also, is it dishwasher safe?

  • Lisa_Rubenstein 4 Aug, 2008

    I was really excited about this project and I had a lot of ideas I wanted to try it out. When I went to buy the etching cream I decided I didn't want the product in my house, near my skin or lungs! Rather disappointed! Something to think twice about, working with toxic chemicals.

  • bcraftycreations 25 May, 2008

    Can etching creme be colored?

  • mangiarone 6 Mar, 2008

    I've used etching cream before in the studio on enameling projects, and equalizing the acidic etching cream with baking soda was an important step! It stops the cream from etching the glass and your sink and pipes when you rinse it down the drain. Just sprinkle and rub with a little water. Fizzing is normal, add baking powder and rub until it stops. And rinse glass and sink.

    And when using something where rubber gloves and fully covered skin, also wear eye goggles/glasses to protect your eyes!

  • homesicksoutherner 28 Feb, 2008

    This works really well. It's also a great idea for creating a custom border around plain-jane builder -supplied bathroom mirrors!

  • rusdar 6 Dec, 2007

    This looks like so much fun,...I can't wait to try it!!!