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Glass Etching How To

Shortly after my hubby and I got married we bought a sand blaster to do glass etching with. It worked really well, but was messy. The sand got everywhere and if you wanted to save it to reuse  {to save money} you had to strain it out a bit. It was just a lot of work. 

One day we decided to try out the chemical glass etching cream 
that you can get at any craft store. It is pretty expensive, 
I think around $30.00 for the big jar. After working with it for 
along time now, we have found that it lasts forever. We have been doing 
it a few years now and have only bought it 4 times.

Today I thought I would show you how to do the glass 
etching with this cream. It really isn't hard at all!

For the project today I am going to show you 
how I made an etched 9"x13" pan 
that I made for my cousin 
who recently got married.

What you need:

-Any type of glass that you are going to use 
{Cups, Plates or Pans. We like to use the pyrex pans for the baking dishes}
-Armour Etch Cream
{Like I said before you can get it at any craft store. Its around $30.00 for the large jar, but lasts for a long time}
-Foam Paint Brush
-REVERSE vinyl image
{For this project it has to be REVERSE since its going on the bottom of the pan. If its going on top of the glass you do not have to do a reverse image.}

How To Do It:
First, you are going to transfer the image onto the glass. I did a big square around the last name to help protect the glass around it. We also put tape above it just to be safe!

When you feel thats on there really good, you are going to take the cream and kind of dab/paint it on.

After you get it all on where you want it to etch, you are going to let it sit. On the bottle it says to leave it on for 5 minutes, but that does not really work!!! My hubby did that the first time and it hardly did anything to it. 
We leave it on for 30 minutes!

After about 30 minutes you are going to run your object under warm water to remove the etching cream. My hubby uses the foam brush to help get it off. 

Then you are going to dry it and peel off the vinyl and tape. 
Now you have a super cute glass etched project!

This works out so well on these pans so then if you take dinner to someone or take the dish to a party, they know who the dish belongs to!!

My cousins absolutely LOVED the dish and were so excited about it!
We gave this to them with some cake mixes, frosting, sprinkles and candles to use for the first birthday in their new little family!

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  1. I love this tutorial! thank you so much.

  2. Great tutorial. We have a couple of sand blasters that we use, a large and small one. Though I might have to give the etching cream a try sometime, as it doesn't look near as time consuming.
    Btw-the dish that you etched looks great!

  3. How cute and simple! I'm going to give this a try!

    1. Thank you so much Julie!! It is so addicting once you start!! Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. this reminds me that i need to redo the etching project i did for hubby at vday.... hmmmm maybe i will do that tonight :)
    great job jill!

  5. Thanks for the great tutorial. I want to try this classy and chic! Pinned:)

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Alison! You are so sweet!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  6. I have seen the stuff and wondered if it really worked. Thanks for sharing your experience with it and the super great idea, so much classier than the masking tape I use LOL

    1. You are so welcome!! Glad it helped you out!!
      Haha!! Yep...been there and done that a few times!!!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Thanks for the great tutorial! I have a few ideas in mind already for some glasses I can 'etch'! Thank you so much for sharing on Much Ado About Monday. We can't wait to see what you have to share with us next week!

    See you then,


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