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Glass Etching With Color


  1. Armour Etch 
  2. Glass that can be etched onto
    1. Glass vase for flowers 
    2. Large glass container with metal lid 
    3. Small glass container with metal lid 
  3. Paint brushes (not sponge brushes). I like these silicone brushes
  4. Gloves to protect your hands 
  5. Stencil or permanent vinyl. I used stencil
  6. Textured vinyl. I used gold for my leaves and copper for my flowers. 
  7. Markers if you want to color your etched areas. These are the markers I used, but other markers will also work. Rub n buff also works well.
    1. Markers from Dollar Tree
    2. Rub n Buff
  8. Water. The temperature does not make a difference. Do not use a porcelain sink. 
  9. Transfer tape. I do not recommend the strong grip transfer tape. 
  10. Dishwasher Mod Podge, if you want to be able to wash your glass after you colored it. This is not needed if you do not color your etching or do not plan on washing it. 
  11. Masking tape 
  12. A container to etch into.  I used a glass tile I bought at a hardware store.  I have also done this on a variety of glass drinking glasses and wine glasses.   

To make my stencil I used cricut stencil vinyl. You could also use removable vinyl in any color.  Create your design, and have your Cricut or other vinyl cutting machine cut it out.  When you weed out your design you will want to weed it backwards from what you normally would do.  You want to remove your design and everything you want to show.  I chose a very detailed piece, which worked, but took a long time to weed and insure everything transferred to my glass tile.   I used transfer tape to transfer me design to my glass tile.

Make sure your stencil is on your glass piece well.  You do not want any bubbles or creases the etching cream can get into.  This is a chemical reaction that happens to make the etching into the glass.  So, it is recommended to wear gloves to protect your skin.  Also, once you etch into your glass it is permanent and should not have any issues with being put in a dishwasher.   

Apply a good amount of the etching cream onto your glass item/over your stencil, and let it sit for a few minutes.  You can wipe any extra etching cream back into the container to be used again on your next project.  A little goes a long way.  I apply the etching cream with an old cheap paint brush.  I do not recommend using a nice brush for this.  After a few minutes have passed you can rinse off the etching cream and remove your stencil.   

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I then decided to try and add a little color to my etched areas to make them stand out more.  I used this rose gold marker I bought from Dollar Tree.  The marker wipes off easily from the glass area, but sticks to the etched sections.  I let it sit on my piece for a day, then tried wiping off the extra color with water.  All of the color was removed, even over the etched sections.  So, I reapplied the marker/color and wiped it off as I went.  If I wiped it off over uncolored etched parts it stuck to those sections and colored them.  I did not run it under water a second time.  I would not recommend this method for glass wear that you will need to clean.  You could color different sections of the etched glass in different colors if you want.   

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If anyone has colored etched glass and it does not come off with water, then please leave a message below to help others.  I am happy with how this piece turned out.  I like that it works on all glass items not just your typical drinking glasses.  I have also done this technique on a mirror years ago as part of a wedding gift to a friend.  If you have wanted to try etching glass, but were afraid, then don’t be.  It is easy and fun.   

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