Etching on glass is one of my favorite ways to showcase beautiful type. It may seem daunting to think of burning graphics onto glass, but you’ll be surprised at how easy it is!
What you’ll need:
- Frisket film or adhesive stencil vinyl
- Latex gloves
- Small paintbrush
- Craft knife
- Self-healing cutting mat
- Glass-etching cream (Armor Etch or Martha Stewart Glass Etching Cream)
- Wet paper towel
- Typeface (We used Coquette by Mark Simonson)
Use a graphic design program to reverse the lettering.
Print your design on regular paper and cut around each word, leaving about a half-inch border around it. Tape it to the back of your frisket. You will be looking at your design through the frisket to cut it. If you’re not using a transparent type stencil vinyl, you can tape your design to the paper side of it and cut. Just double check that the lettering is justified correctly when you look at the stencil. (If you’re looking at it from the sticky/paper-backed side, the lettering should appear to be reversed.)
Conserve any letters that have holes in them such as e, a, o, or d. You’ll need the little pieces of vinyl that make up the center hole in each letter — they’re added individually after your stencil is applied. These little bits resist the etching and make sure your letters look like they should.