Saturday, August 14, 2010

How to Etch Glass

How to Etch Glass

Things You'll Need:

Etching Acids Cream

Glass Or Mirror

Clear Contact Paper

Glass Etching Kits

Transparent Contact Paper

Source Of Running Water

Latex Gloves

Glass Cleaners


Carbon Papers (for Mirror)

Paper Towels


Paper Towels

X-Acto Knives


Paper towels

soft, lint-free cloths


Step 1

Clean the surface you will be etching with glass cleaner and a soft, lint-free cloth.

Step 2

Cover the surface with clear contact paper and press out all the bubbles.

Step 3

Put the design you are using behind the glass.

Step 4

Trace the design onto the contact paper if you are doing a mirror. Put carbon paper on top of the contact paper and then place your design on top of that. Trace the design, transferring it to the contact paper.

Step 5

Use an X-Acto knife to cut the contact paper away from the areas that you want to etch.

Step 6

Make sure that all of the edges are stuck tight to the glass and that there are no bubbles at the edges.

Step 7

Use a paper towel to smear a liberal layer of etching cream onto the design area.

Step 8

Wait the amount of time required for the brand of etching cream you are using - usually 5 to 10 minutes.

Step 9

Run cool water over the cream to rinse it off.

Step 10

Peel off the contact paper and rinse the glass under cool water again.

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