How to etch glass

Easy Glass Etching The Thrifty Issue

I’ve been wanting to try glass etching for a while now. I love the frosted look and liked the idea of doing it at home. I finally got some etching cream at a reasonable price and decided to start small with a jar. It was very easy and took 20min total. The more complicated your design the longer it would take. Etching creams are a bit pricey generally going for $40 or more but you only use a little bit at a time so the bottle lasts a while. The bottle I got came with an application brush too as it is a pretty caustic chemical. Its not something I recommend you do with kids.

What you need:
Etching cream and brush
Glass jar, bottle, dish etc
Stick on stencils or painters tape.

I used painters tape to try it out and if your design is all straight lines I think its a great way to go. It pulls off easily and leaves no residue.

Start by cleaning your glass well. You don’t want any oils left on so its recommended you use rubbing alcohol although I just used dish washing liquid and hot water then gave it a dry with a microfiber cloth.

How to etch glass

Tape off the area you want etched. I went for 2 thin lines the whole way around the jar.

Apply the cream evenly and reasonably thick. You don’t need to cake it on but you don’t want to be seeing the glass underneath or it wont etch. Do this in a well ventilated area.

How to etch glass

Wait 15-20 min then rinse off with water. Don’t rub with your hands use a cloth or gloves. Either air dry or use a cloth and you’re all done. Its that easy.

I used this jar to make a recipe in a jar and gave it away the next day for Christmas with a bit of ribbon around the top.

What would you like etch? Is it for yourself or would you give it as a special gift?

Tutorial by Rachael Puric
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