Last year for Christmas I ordered glasses for my mother and boyfriend. They turned out to be great! I had them personalized with etching. For both it cost about $60. Which to me was a pretty good deal. Then this year I was introduced to Pintrest. A couple of weeks ago I saw a pin of a woman who etched her own glass casserole dish with her last name. (Her idea was so that she would actually get it back which is a great idea.) I was going to order some more of personalized from the same website as last year. Now with Pintrest I'm trying more of DIY things that are actually plausible. So this weekend I went to Hobby Lobby and picked up some etching cream and their special stencils. So I bought some glasses at Pier 1 to try it out.
Step 1: Stencil Vs. Stencil/Sticker
Now if you decided to use stickers instead of stencils. You must first remove the sticker, and it becomes a stencil itself. Make sure that the sticker is taken cleanly off the stencil background otherwise it will leave tiny marks in the etching. I like this idea better because there are so many different texts and sizes when it comes to stickers as suppose to stencils. They are cheaper and if you place the not used sticker on wax or parchment paper you may use the sticker at a later time. So two for the price of one. I love it!!!
Step 2: Placement of Sticker
Take the sticker outline/stencil on place on clean glass. Then use a pop-sickle stick and secure the stencil to glass as close as possible. When I attempted this the first time I didn't quite get it as close and there was some frosting/clouding where I didn’t want it because the cream seeped on the sides.
Step 3: Tools
Step 4: Applying the Cream
After you've finished secure your stencil apply masking tape surrounding the area, otherwise you will have the clouding that I talked about. Make sure that you take your stick and keep applying pressure so that it is as secure a possible. This is very important!!!Then the instruction say to use a craft brush to apply the cream. I just used an old make-up brush that worked fairly well. So what ever you prefer. Your goal is to cover the whole stencil and basically make it disappear.
Like so . . . Then wait one minute, or whatever the specific brand of etching cream provides in the instructions.
Step 5: Almost There
Step 6: More for Your Money
Step 7: Finished
Of course I haven't tried an actual sentence or more than one letter. I always feel with projects like this it's good to start out slow and work your way up. Then once you're comfortable enough you go bigger and better.