I know there are loads of tutorials around the internets showcasing etching glass, but thought I’d add my own point of view on the matter.
I’ve had this large glass serving platter for 6 months or so, and don’t really have much motivation to use it, mostly because it’s plain and boring. Now it’s a little more exciting, but in an oh-so-subtle way. Glass etching is also very practical for marking your glass serving ware for pot-lucks and parties. You’re less likely to end up sans dishes when they have your name on them.
Click here for the FREE printable glass etching tutorial! or read below for the step-by-step instructions.
Glass Etching Tutorial
- Roll of Contact Paper
- Junk Brush
- Bonefolder or credit card
- X-Acto Knife
- Armour Etch Acid
- RUBBER GLOVES!!!!
Clean your glassware and dry thoroughly. Apply contact paper to the outside of the glass. Smooth out bubbles with a bonefolder or credit card.
With a pencil or sharpie marker, make your marks. *If you don’t want to hand draw the image, print out the desired design on regular paper and tape image onto contact paper.
With an X-acto knife or scalpal, cut and remove contact paper for etching.
In a well ventilated room, generously apply armour etch acid with a junk brush. Wait 10-20 minutes for acid to etch the glass.
If you’ve applied a load of etching acid, you can scoop the excess back into the bottle for later. Rinse and wash glass, brush and your hands thoroughly with soap. Remove contact paper, dry and enjoy.