This is a very basic tutorial on how to etch glass used primarily for simple craft projects. I go more in detail about advanced stuff you can do with cream etching and discuss my favorite sandblasting or sandcarving process in the information manual.
I am now providing a free ebook on how to do this.
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- Place your vinyl resist material on your glass by either applying an adhesive or by using vinyl with its own adhesive backing. Use a squeegee to ensure the vinyl is fully intact to the glass without any bubbles.
- Transfer your design or pattern onto a vinyl resist material. The basic ways to do this is to either hand sketch a drawing or trace a design by using transfer paper. The graphic will have to be black and white with no gray scale image.
- To produce your stencil, cut around your graphic and remove the parts you want to etch. To do this just cut along your drawn lines with a sharp knife or Exacto knife. Once all the lines are precisely cut, peel or weed the areas away to exposed them.
- Etch your glass with any process you desire:
- Cream Process: Spread your cream thick over the stencil and wait a few minutes as instructed.
- Sandblasting Process: Blast abrasive with your sandblaster over the stencil and peel the stencil off. With this, you can have more advanced processes and create artistic art by staging the sandcarving steps and using shading techniques.
- Clean up by washing off your cream or abrasive and peel off your stencil.
- See the finished etched glass and enjoy- (Example shows characteristics of the glass being cream etched.)