I have talked about etching mirrors before and it is nothing new.
We also featured many others like Steffen who lit his welcome sign with LEDs, Ernie who used LEDs to light up his framed mirror, Dana with a similar interesting piece, Suzanne with her Harley Davidson etched mirror, Schelesia with her Ford Mustang car mirror, Mark with his hand-engraved mirror, Dave with his shade blastings on mirror of a tiger and dog here, and Jamie’s swordfish & elk etching.
I have even been testing some interesting techniques that can be done by etching mirrors and showing tutorials in the member’s area here.
There’s no surprise that etching mirrors is a favorite. There are some fun things that you can do. In this post, I wanted to share another idea of lighting up your etchings with a highlighter and black light. In this example, I etched a mirror but you can use this technique on all glass types.
How I Etched & Lit the Mirror
- Etched the back of mirror. I first sandblasted the backside of the mirror. I sometimes like etching this side because it can be lit from behind so the light only goes through the etched portion of the design.
- Colored the etching with highlighter marker. Highlighters will add a little light color to your etching, but they really glow when a black light is applied to them. Highlighters come in various colors such as light green, orange, pink, blue, yellow and various other colors. You can purchase a multi-color pack for under a couple dollars on Amazon here. I used a light orange highlighter.
- Place a black light near the highlighted etching and watch it glow like the above photo! There are various black lights available from simple light bulbs to florescent light fixtures like I used. You can see through these various listings on Amazon for these here.
I’ve never seen anyone do this and thought of this idea a while back but just now got around to sharing it. I hope you liked it and will give you some interesting project ideas. You could make some awesome lit glass signs with this or a decorative light box of your artwork. Please let me know what you think about this idea in the comments below!
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