I’ve had the idea for this project for a looooong time. I’ve had the vinyl sitting around for months. I just haven’t felt like doing much of anything. When I’m feeling good emotionally, I always get the itch to create. I’ve had the bug lately, so I’m taking advantage of it!
Originally found this idea on Pinterest. It’s a Martha tutorial… How can you go wrong?
It’s a pretty simple tutorial. Only need a few supplies:
- Painters or Masking tape.
- Vinyl letters or designs
- Glass Etching medium, brush and gloves
I had the Frogtape left over from previous projects. It really is the best painter’s tape I’ve used so far. I got my vinyl from my friend Diane at graffitiCHIC. I bought the glass etching medium at Michael’s with a 50% off coupon. Obviously, you’ll also need whatever kind of glass you want to etch. I got my storage jars from Wal-Mart a while ago.
Yes, I have a jar for my herbal tea bags… I’m a little obsessed with herbal tea!
The steps are pretty simple. You need to start with a clean surface. The directions recommend you use rubbing alcohol and soap.
1. Tape off the section you want to etch. Make sure you go around the edge with your nail or something hard. This is to prevent the medium from getting under the tape.
2. Place the vinyl. Again, make sure you go around the edges.
3. Put an even generous layer of the medium on and let it sit for 15 minutes.
4. Rinse with water and remove the tape and vinyl.
You might notice a couple of spots toward the bottom of the jar that don’t seem to have taken the medium. I’m not sure why that is! But I did not wipe it down with rubbing alcohol, so maybe there was oils or residue that the soap didn’t get? It’s not that noticeable with stuff in the jars. I’m not sure how I could have put the medium on more evenly.
This was my very first attempt at etching and overall I’m pretty happy with the results! I think I’m going to spray paint the lids oil-rubbed bronze eventually. Considering that I didn’t put a dint in the medium, this won’t be my last glass etching project!
There’s some pretty cool ideas out there! What’s your favorite etched glass idea?