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How to Etch Glass

Page 1: Gather Your Glass Etching Supplies

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How to Etch Glass

How to Etch Glass

Believe it or not, etching glass can be fairly simple! Use these guidelines and suggested supplies to make a variety of decorative items.

Start out by gathering all the supplies you need.

  • Pattern - You might want to start with one that does not have a lot of small detail. Clip art and coloring books are wonderful sources for patterns.

  • Glass - Any glass object or mirror will do. You can use jars, drinking glasses, etc. It might be wise to practice on an old jar before trying a window or mirror!

  • Window Cleaner - Always start with a clean surface.

  • Contact Paper - Clear or plain, white works best. You can also make simple stripes using masking tape, etc.

  • Carbon Paper - Used to trace your pattern onto the contact paper.

  • Utility Knife - Used to cut your pattern out of the contact paper.

  • Etching Cream - You should be able to find some at your local craft store, or you can buy it online!

  • Foam Brush - Used to apply etching creme. Might also be able to use paper towels. Read the manufacturer's suggestion for your etching creme to see what is suitable.

  • Latex Gloves - To protect your hands from the acid in the etching creme. it is also a good idea to wear eye protection and a long sleeve shirt.

Once you have gathered all these supplies you are ready to begin...

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