Instructables

Etch Your Own Mirror

Picture of Etch Your Own Mirror
Phone Camera 024.jpg
Ever looked at a mirror in your home and thought it needed something more? Here you will find a technique in glass etching! Add your own custom design and text to glass!
 
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 1: Gather Materials

Picture of Gather Materials
Phone Camera 038.jpg
Phone Camera 005.jpg
I will be using a technique very similar, almost identical, in fact, to that seen in this instructablethis instructable, so let all credit due to this author be shown.

The materials I used are as follows:

Large mirror (I purchased mine at Wal-Mart, they had many cheap and decent looking ones)
Armour Etch (found mine at etchworld.com)
Foam paint brushes
Contact paper (kitchen section at Wal-Mart)
Xacto Knife
Cutting Board
Pencils
Ruler
Printer
Glass Cleaner

Step 2: Preparation

Picture of Preparation
Phone Camera 008.jpg
In this step, I began to apply the contact paper to the entire surface of my mirror. While the message I was etching didn't cover anywhere near this much surface, it kept me from scratching the mirror during all of my work.
Next, I measured the "body" of my letters (feel free to correct my letter terminology). By "body," I mean the distance from the line the letters are written on to the tops of the main parts of the letters. For example, the lowercase "o" fills the distance I measured. In my font's case, it was 32mm. Then, I measured the distance the "tails" stretched from the top and bottom of the letters. For example, a "y" has a tail that hangs down, and letters like f, t, and h have tops that rise above the main line. For my font, the top and bottom each extended 10mm above and below my main font line.
Knowing this gave me a knowledge necessary to properly align my font (though the pictures still show I didn't quite get it perfect).
I gave each line of text 52mm of space to ensure that it would not run into the letters above or below it. My pictures show the lines that I used to align my text.
mhaycraft6 months ago
Okay so just got the app and wanted to flag this to come back to and flagged it wrong but I love the concept
bornahorse4 years ago
Looks awesome! I'm going to try it!
Such a beautiful choice of scripture!!! <3
Quinne4 years ago
Thanks so much for this guide! I used it on a mirror of my own.  One tip though-- Instead of cutting out the text on the computer paper, color over the back of the letters with a lead pencil (the heavier the better), and then tape the computer paper to the contact paper.  Take a sharp pencil (mechanical is good) and trace the outlines of the letters on the computer paper.  This basically makes a carbon-style copy onto the contact paper, and is soooo easy!
recrisp5 years ago
Go to any vinyl sign shop and have them make you a masking stencil, the vinyl comes in different styles, some are made just for masking, such as this. I've used it, and it works perfectly, and it's really cheap also. Cutting the letters by hand can drive a person crazy. :)
omnibot recrisp5 years ago
Unless they're already crazy in which case it's fine.
Moah ha ha aha ah ha
shrekgirl5 years ago
beautiful! I'm making something similar, for my boyfriend. applying on a round mirror a drawing I made of the two of us together. thank you for the FANTASTIC IDEA !!
maruawe5 years ago
Armor etch cuts away a thin layer of the glass giving a frosted look to the glass.. and it is forever,make a mistake then you will know for sure, Any way you can use a squeege as in screen printing ,but be careful that the edges are pressed down correctly... GOOD JOB
LinuxH4x0r5 years ago
Nice! I wonder if you could etch it with a laser. That way the etched part wouldn't be exposed
claytontheaggie (author)  LinuxH4x0r5 years ago
Maybe so! I don't know how to do that, but if you find out, let me know! Sounds like it would be fun to try!
It would allow you to etch it at a certain depth, not just on the surface, so you would still have the same smooth surface (easier to clean). Sort of like how they did this
reedz5 years ago
Song of Songs is the first book of the Bible I read all the way through, it's short but it is beautiful.
you should have done something like "Contents in mirror are closer than they appear."
SWV17875 years ago
my mom did this to a mirror in our bathroom in the early '90's and it is still there it looks just as nice as when it was first done too...
claytontheaggie (author)  SWV17875 years ago
Glad to hear it! This is my first time to try this, and I was wondering how long lasting it would be!
Sandisk1duo5 years ago
kick @ss!
Pro

Get More Out of Instructables

Already have an Account?

close

PDF Downloads
As a Pro member, you will gain access to download any Instructable in the PDF format. You also have the ability to customize your PDF download.

Upgrade to Pro today!