Making Creative Patterns with Glass Etching Making Creative Patterns with Glass Etching

Plain glass is often boring and dull and sometimes you want to spruce it up and glass etching can do that for you. You can spend the money for professionally custom etched glass or buy one of many mass produced products on the market. If you have an eye for detail and a craft store close to your home, you can create your own glass etching designs on glass or mirrors. Doing a glass etching can be as simple or as complex as you wish it to be. The following article will share several tips that will help you make a creative glass etching to be proud of.

The Right Tools for the Job

The first thing to consider is the tools you're going to use to make a glass etching. Anyone can spread etching paste over glass and create frosted glass but being really creative with glass etching takes the right tools. The first tool to use is contact paper. Any other kind of paper will deteriorate under the chemicals in the etching paste. Contact paper can also be drawn on with a marker, which makes transferring a design easily accomplished. Scissors can be used to cut out large portions of a design, but detailed work will require a utility knife. This sharp razor blade will allow you to make very small lines in your design.

Making Stencils

If you download a design and print it on your home printer and then transfer it to the contact paper, you need to keep in mind that you are creating a relief. This means you only will remove the lines you want to be etched. The trick to doing this correctly is to print several copies of the design in grayscale and then color-in the areas to be removed with a marker. With several copies, you can experiment with how you want your final glass etching to look and will not waste contact paper.

Once the design is printed and you have determined how you want the glass etching to look, you can now make the stencil. Use masking tape to secure the print-out to cardboard and the contact paper taped above it. Use a marker to trace the design, then remove the spaces to be etched using the utility knife.

Colored Glass Etching

Although colored etching cream does not exist and color cannot be added to standard etching cream it due to the chemicals, adding color is relatively simple. Use colored permanent marker to color the glass on either the side to be etched or the back side. If the front is colored, the shade will be lighter while the back will remain vibrant. Color the area and quickly wipe with a towel several seconds later. You can also use your created stencil to color the glass prior to etching.

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