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Glass Etching Using Vinyl
 

What you'll need...





VINYL STENCIL (CUSTOMIZE YOUR OWN)
ARMOUR ETCH (ETCHING CREAM)
PAINTER'S TAPE
SCISSORS
WHITE TULLE (OPTIONAL)
& A GLASS OF YOUR CHOICE






Here's what you do....

 

1. Before starting this project make sure to clean the surface of the glass with rubbing alcohol. Once that's done, align the vinyl stencil and secure it with painter's tape.
 

2. Once the stencil is secure begin removing the stencil with the transfer tape from the backing paper.
 

3. Hold down the vinyl with the transfer tape and cut the backing paper.
 

4. Lay the stencil down onto the glass slowly. It is a little tricky when working with a curved surface. When laying down the stencil you want to make sure to squeegee from the center out to avoid any bubbles from forming under the vinyl. If bubbles form around the design, in this case letters, the etching cream could seep through. Repeat to the other side.
 

5. You can see that a couple bubbles formed but nothing major around the letters. With a curved surface this is guaranteed to happen but just as long as you take your time and squeegee from the center out it should be fine. Rub down on the bubbles to reduce them or get rid of them. 
 

6. Now just peel the transfer tape away from the stencil.
 

7. Etching time! Dab on the etching cream carefully. It is recommended to use gloves when working with etching cream. Stay within the stencil and make sure to cover the design completely. Put a thick layer of the cream with a brush or cotton swab. Let it sit on the surface for 15 minutes and rinse with water.
 

8. Lastly peel off the vinyl to reveal the etched glass! Use tweezers to remove pieces that are difficult to remove but be careful not to scratch the surface. 
 

9. This final step is optional. Wrap the tulle around the top of the glass and finish it off with a bow. You can use any other material for this finished touch. And now you have yourself a beautiful customized glass piece!
March 03, 2016 by Dee-cal Frenzy

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