But as a decorating device, a subtle set can be very grown-up indeed, as evidenced by this etched window. Etching is especially appropriate for bathroom windows, as the treated sections let in light but afford privacy. Apothecary jars were also etched with a similar pattern; embroidered terry towels extend the motif.
- Circle Stencil
- Cear self-adhesive vinyl
- Craft knife
- Etching Cream
First, create a template by making a dot pattern on paper with a circle stencil and a marker. Carefully position the template on the outside of the glass, with the design facing in; tape it in place. Cover the inside of the glass with strips of clear self-adhesive vinyl. Smooth with a squeegee to eliminate bubbles.
On the inside of the glass, align the circles on the stencil with those on the paper; using a craft knife, trace circles onto vinyl, cutting into it. Peel off the strips, leaving dots on the glass. Wearing rubber gloves, use a paintbrush to apply a thick coat of etching cream to the entire inside of the glass; even out with a squeegee.
Fifteen minutes later (or according to package directions), remove the cream with squeegee and return to container (it is reusable). Sponge off the remaining cream. Peel off the vinyl dots.