Back in July I posted a piece of etched glass that I made for a Christmas gift.
This post is a tutorial based on how I etch without using a machine. It is picture heavy. I will be including a couple of links to youtube tutorials that cover both machine and non machine projects. The one using a machine is worth watching for the tips on the etching process.
For this post the items I will be using are:
Disposable baking pan for rinsing off the etching cream (this can be used multiple times)
Armour Etching Cream which I got at JoAnns, $9.98 full price, but I used a coupon.(This has the potential to be a dangerous item. Please read the label before using. Keep our to the reach of children, it can burn your skin, you need to wear gloves and eye protection, remember this is glass etching cream so it will etch your prescription glasses ) While this won't etch plastic, it can etch some sinks which is why I use the disposable pan for the initial rinse) This little jar of cream goes on for a very long time because the cream gets put back in the bottle and reused.
It's a thick cream and I haven't had any issues with it.
An applicator ( I use a small paint brush, picked up a package the dollar store, I haven't tried a sponge brush)
So far I have primarily etched pieces of glass from The Dollar Store and a Christmas ornament that cost me 50 cents at Hobby Lobby on sale.
I have also successfully etched a Pyrex pie dish $6 and a couple of $4 glass mugs using a designs made using the scan n cut.
And last but definitely not least you need some form of shipping label. You need to be able to peel the label from the backing for the process. You can buy all sorts of sizes at Staples. I have also found that the Priority Mail labels I use for packages and got for free at the PO are great for the job.
The biggest problem I have had so far is taking pictures of the finished items Glass is a bear to photograph.
So let us begin. The first step is finding a simple design that you can get onto your label to cut out. I use my computer and clip art for ideas. I understand that a childs coloring book is also a good source.
If you are a cardmaker or scrapbooker you may have a great paper punch for a design.
Or you can go back to your crafting beginnings and fold a piece of paper in half and free hand a design. That's what I did for my Tree and Heart.
I will also be trying for the first time to use stickers doing a word on the sample mug its kind of a reverse process.