Etching Glass Jars




About: My name is Maro and I am a crafter and blogger. I am always making something even if it's just making fun at myself!

You'll need:Any type of glass jar/containerPaper tape or washi tape (but why waste it?), or a non permanent glass markerA power tool like a Dremel. Mine is a Einhell I got from my friend Kostas from here.Please always use such tools with the appropriate protective gear!

Use the paper tape to create geometric shapes on the glass. Since I lack imagination I went with the good old triangles!

Now take your power tool and use the appropriate etching tool.

Use the tool on the glass carefully on the tape openings.

Since the tape can be distorted by the tool after I removed the tape I went back and did the outlines of the triangles again.

I also used a pen to scribble some (let's just say they look like) hearts on the other jar.Then fill your jar with whatever you want to!

It was glass seed beads for me! I have tons of them and I am super glad I was able to make nicer jars for them!I am not stopping here! I am going to be using this technique to many more crafts! I am thinking personalized water glasses and major jars for summer cocktails and many more! Have you done anything like that? What would you make with this technique?

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    4 years ago

    I've got a bunch of different size mason jars that I ordered corks for, for their new tops for holding herbs in and I have an etching tool I can use for this project but have been putting it off due to not knowing how to get design on the jar (I can't draw a stick man straight) but since running across your instructable I now know what I an do to get those designs, thank you so much for the instruction on how you did your jars they are really cute!

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    Thank you so much for you kind words! I can't draw to save my life either so having the tape as a guide was really helpful! I am also thinking of printing letters and shapes and making stensils out of them (someway) and then use the stensils on the glass.


    4 years ago

    how about using hydroflouric acid on this project...? i suggest...

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Sure you can use it too. Since I am a chemist I don't have a problem handling chemicals but many people do, so this is just an alternative :)