Everything You Need to Etch Glass
Etching glass has turned into an ideal project for DIYers looking to personalize their homes
Developed in the mid-1800s, acid-etched glass became popular for its ability to shield patrons in drinking establishments from view while letting in natural light. Victorian and Edwardian homes quickly adopted the look, and today, etched designs appear on windows, mirrors, even glassware. As the chemicals needed to achieve this frosted effect have become less toxic, etching glass has turned into an ideal project for DIYers looking to personalize their homes. All you need is etching cream, a stencil, and a few other easy-to-find items, says etching artist Sydney St. James of Etchworld.com. Let her expert tips get you started.
Use a smoothing tool, such as a plastic square or an old gift card, to affix the stencil and eliminate air bubbles.
Cover any exposed areas around the stencil with adhesive-backed contact paper to protect them from the etching cream.
About $7 per roll at hardware stores.
Apply the etching cream in a thick coat using a soft-bristle artist's brush in a size that works for your design.
About $9 at art supply stores.
Dip this into warm water and use to rinse the cream off the glass and into a plastic bucket. For the best results, work from top to bottom.
About $2 at hardware stores.