Introduction: Glass Etched Lamp

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A quick guide to how i etched the glass on a lamp to give to my mum on mothers day

There are tonnes of how-to guides for glass etching that i am sure are much more informative than mine. This is simply me sharing some of my passtimes with others in the hope that somebody thinks "sod it, i'l have a go"

What i used:
Armour etch cream
glass etching stencils
lollipop stick

(bags and tape to cover wires etc)

Step 1: Blank Canvas

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This can be whatever you want, i chose this lamp as i found it while out shopping and its the kind of thing my mum likes so it was an excuse to dig out the old etching cream.

I had to remove the lampshade and tape plastic bags over the braid and the actual light fitting (as i would be wetting it later)

Step 2: Apply Stencils

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I ordered some glass etching stencils off ebay, some were cheap one use ones, some were slightly more expensive but re-useable.

to apply the single use ones just peel the clear film off the back, then place onto your glass surface.
There is a second clear film layer on the front that you have to seperate from the blue stencil by scraping accross the surface. For this i used a lollipop stick as it came with the stencils.

Pic 2 shows what it looks like as the clear film starts to lift off the blue stencil.

Step 3: Apply Etch Cream

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I used a thin paint brush for this so i could get an even coverage and be able to spread it around easilly.

As i was doing more than 1 stencil i applied the etch cream as quick as possible so there wasnt areas that had been covered for too long.

Now, the packaging for the etch cream reccomended that i keep it on for a minute, but on my test piece it didnt etch it as well as id hoped and you had to look close to see it.

This time i left it for 2 minutes, whats the worst that could happen, buy a new lamp..?

(try not to get it on your hands, it wont kill you but i dont think it will do much good for your skin)

Step 4: Rinse Off

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Be sure to wash it off every part of the glass, and then scrape the remainders of the blue stencils off (without scratching your glass)

Step 5: Wipe Dry and Hope for the Best

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Its hard to capture the finished look on a camera phone, but i did my best
Im sure my mother will like it, either that or she will lie to me and say she likes it.

thanks for looking :)


Thejesterqueen (author)2016-04-22

Great ible! As a mother of 5, I would probably cry if one of my kids made that for me, so I hope your mom loves it just as much. Thank you for sharing.

thanks, im glad you like it :) x

dvdvija (author)2016-03-08

Hi, thanks for sharing your knowledge of etching the glass lamp. It looks very nice. I'm sure your mom will cherish it forever.

I have been thinking of doing this on mason jar. Now I know how to etch it.

amansell91 (author)dvdvija2016-03-08

My knowledge of glass etching is as basic as it gets really, i am a ranked beginner, so i reccomend getting yourself some stuff and giving it a go, its fairly simple to achieve decent results.
but if you want more information there is plenty of guides (much more informative than mine) on here :)

but thankyou, i am glad i have inspired somebody else to have a go

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