I wanted to share this great article about creating with glass etching stencils by Eric Robert.
Using Stencils for Glass Etching
As you may know, you can do a lot of cool projects with stencils. Another interesting hobby you can use your stencils for is to etch glass. This is a process where you would place your stencil patterns on a piece of glass whether it’s a glass mug, glass window, or mirror. Then etch the exposed areas of the stencil to permanently mark your glass with a personalized touch.
In order to etch the glass, you have to decide what process you’d be interested in or how much you are willing to invest in this arts and crafts hobby. One of the most recognized processes is to use glass etching cream. It is a diluted form of an acid that etches or eats at the glass. You can usually buy a small bottle of glass etching cream for under 10 dollars at a craft and hobby store. Another popular process is to use a sandblaster to etch the glass. This works by blasting pressurized air mixed with abrasive media such as sand. The abrasive media lightly chips the exposed areas of the stencil to create a frosted look. Sandblasting equipment usually requires much more equipment and can be expensive, which is why most crafters just stick with the etching cream process. The reason there are dedicated glass etchers who use the sandblasting glass method is because you can do more advanced techniques with it and has a more noticeable look to it. A look I refer to as more elegant looking. Either way you decide to etch glass, the overall basic steps are very similar. Here is an outline of the basic steps to etch glass:
First, you need to find a stencil material such as contact paper and place it over the glass item.
Second, trace a black and white pattern onto the stencil material with a pencil or marker.
Third, cut out the areas of the traced pattern and peel out the areas to be etched. So you need to just expose the areas that you want frosted.
Fourth, make sure all areas are masked that you don’t want etched. So if the stencil doesn’t cover areas outside the contact paper, you can use masking tape to ensure there is no overspray.
Fifth, we can begin the etching phase. Either brush on your glass etching cream over the exposed areas of the stencil or sandblast in a back and forth motion. If you choose to sandblast, make sure you fully spray all areas evenly.
Sixth stage, you will need to clean up by washing off the cream or abrasive dust. After that you need to peel off the stencil and wash with soap.
That’s all it takes to create a personalized etch glass mug, window, or mirror.
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In the Glass Etching Stencils Article above, Eric mentioned using a stencil mask. If you need more information on this, tune in for a great video.
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