Sunday, May 3, 2015

Etching Glassware

Etching glasses is a fun and super easy project to do.  In my previous post, Ahoy, Let's Sail....The Lake Michigan Nautical Themed Tablescape, ( see The Lake Michigan Nautical Themed Tablescape Post to view the tablesetting), I included a picture of the glasses which I had etched with an anchor.  Since other bloggers have commented on the glassware, I thought it might be a good time to include the super easy steps on how it was done. 

I purchased the reusable stencils at Hobby Lobby and the Armour Etch at Michaels and carefully removed the stencil of choice and gently adhered it to where I wanted the image to be on the glass.  I delicately rubbed the stencil in place to even out any wrinkles or gaps.  With a small paintbrush dipped in the etching paste, I spread it evenly over the stencil making sure it is covered but not to exceed beyond the stencil itself.  Let it stand untouched for about 10-15 minutes.

Carefully rinse the etching paste off with lukewarm water making sure not to rub extremely hard that would result in moving the stencil or the applied paste in other areas other than the open areas in the stencil.

Now gently pat dry.

Now the revealing.  With small steps, carefully peel away the stencil.  (Rinse again under warm water if there is anymore remaining paste left and gently pat or air dry.

And the results...... a lovely glass with a bit more interest.

Here is a previous etching I had done on several wine glasses using grapes and a grapevine image.

And it can also work on colored glass too.  Plus, it can also work in reverse where you can frost the entire glass with the exception of whatever shaped sticker you might adhere to the glass.  I haven't tried it yet, but I will be sure to share it with you when I do.   So catch what is going around....start itching for etching. 


  1. Very nice. I have been considering trying my hand at etching. Your post makes it seem pretty easy. Thank you.

    1. Hi Lorri,
      Yes, do give it a try. The etching paste is higher in cost than when I purchased it a few years ago, but a little goes a long way. It is so simple and fun and the results can give a bit of interest to the glassware. If you do decide to etch something, please feel free to share it with me. I would love to see it.


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