Etching Supplies

This section will talk about typical supplies you need when using acid etching cream. If you are looking for information on supplies to sandblast glass, please seek the Information Manual or the equipment section.

When using the cream, you only need a few basic supplies. You will need to find a graphic in a black & white format and trace it onto a sheet of vinyl to create a stencil. A simple way is to use tracing paper, but there are much easier ways discussed in Glass Etching Secrets. My membership area has videos of all these ways in additional to the tracing paper method.

Once the design is traced onto the vinyl or rubber resist, you can cut it out with an X-Acto knife. After the pattern is cut, peel the areas out that need to be etched. Now you can start etching with your etching cream. So here is a list of supplies that you will need when etching your glass with cream:

  • Glass bottle, cream, and brush.Black & White Pattern
  • Carbon or Graphite Paper
  • Pen or pencil to trace design
  • Vinyl Resist material (Contact paper)
  • Squeegee to apply vinyl resist on glass smoothly
  • X-Acto knife or hobby knife
  • Glass etching cream


If you’re looking for glass sandcarving supplies, you will need to buy a sandblaster and use a thicker resist. Look throughout my site and you will see some examples of sandcarved glass.

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