Need a gift idea for the holidays? Learn a fast and easy technique for creating elegant etched designs on glassware during our Glass Etching Facebook Live Demo on 12/1 at 6 p.m. CST! Trace your design on any plain glassware or hand letter messages directly on the surface with a paint marker and appl...
- Prepare a design by sketching it on paper, printing it out from a computer, or using an attached template. Keep in mind that any white areas will be etched, and any black shapes must be drawn with markers.
- Cut out your design and place it inside the glassware (or on the back side of a flat plate) as snuggly against curves as possible. Tape the paper in place.
- Trace the design with one of the suggested brands of paint marker. o Poster-paint and many waterbased markers will not fully resist Armour Etch. For best results, use: Sakura Pen-Touch Calligrapher Pens and Paint Markers DecoColor Paint Markers Molotow All4One Acrylic Markers (Black only) o Distortion from the glass may make tracing challenging. For best results, lift the paper design away frequently to check your progress. Make corrections by removing wet ink with a cotton swab or tissue, or scratching dry ink from the glass surface. o Use masking tape to create straight edges on designs.
- After the paint marker is dry, apply Armour Etch to the design. Use a sponge brush for large areas. Use a small, nylon brush to be more precise. For best results, apply a thick coat of etching cream and pat on, rather than applying brushstrokes.
- Wait 2 minutes, then rinse under running water. Use a sponge or cloth to help lift paint marker lines.
- Allow to dry. If desired, use glass paint or a glass paint marker to add accents. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to permanently affix glass paint.