Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Glass Etching with stencils

Glass etching sounded so intimidating to me until I tried it. It's actually very easy! I created this whimsical dragonfly-etched champagne flute in less than an hour.

The shape of your glass surface is important. Don't make my mistakes :)
  • Easy = Flat (mirror)
  • Harder = Curved (tube)
  • Hardest = Sphere

Materials (Michael's carries all the etching things):
  • Glass (get a few, you'll want to do lots!)
  • Etching Creme
  • Stencil (special for glass etching projects)
  • Popsicle stick (usually comes with stencil)
  • Masking tape
  • Rubber gloves
  • Paint brush

  1. Tape your stencil to the glass and rub it with a popsicle stick until it sticks. You can see in the picture where some of the upper right wing is sticking and the rest of the stencil (dark blue) still needs to be rubbed onto the glass.
  2. Gently pull off the stencil backing, trying not to tear the blue stuff
  3. Cover accidental tears with tape
  4. Mask all around the stencil again (to keep etching creme from getting on the nice part of the glass)
  5. Follow directions in the etching creme box: wear your gloves, paint on the creme, wait, then rinse in water.
  6. Peel off any remaining tape and clean your final piece with glass cleaner

1 comment:

AlaFornia Girl said...

Hey! I'd like to do this as a craft project for teens at my library. For a simple one-stencil one-item project, how long would this take (especially as relates to drying time)? Thanks!