I love to explore and try many different creative techniques. Lately I have been exploring glass etching using my Brother ScanNCut.
The supplies needed for Etching on glass are very simple:
• Etching Cream – this does the actual work
• Plastic Spatula – to apply a nice, even coat of cream
• Mask Vinyl – cut your design out of this sticker-like material
• Pick Tool – to remove the unwanted parts of your Mask
• Transfer Material – transports your Mask Vinyl Design (and all of it’s little pieces)at one time to the glass
• A glass item to etch – try etching on glass, mirrors, polished marble & more
You can get started with the etchall Glass Etching Bee-ginner Kit, available here!
Tips for Glass Etching Success:
• Test your design layout – make sure that the size of your design will fit
• Before applying the Mask Vinyl, make sure the glass surface is clean and free of any film – isopropyl alcohol is the best for this.
• Make sure that you mask off a large area around your design so that the glass you want left clear is protected.
• Double check to make sure that the Mask Vinyl or tape is adhered well around all edges of the design to prevent any cream seeping under the mask.
• Take your time when applying your Mask – what you see is what you get
• Mix up the Etching cream well! Shake it, shake it, and shake it some more.
• Apply a generous coat of cream to the desired area. The cream can be reused so don’t be skimpy (use a plastic spatula to get an even coat)
• Let the cream set on the desired area for at least 5-10 minutes (more won’t hurt). This will give you a nice, visible etch. If not left on long enough, the result will be rather soft or pale in appearance.
• Every minute or so, for the first 5 minutes, swirl the cream around on your design. This gentle mixing of the product on the design area will help release any air bubbles and ensure a smooth result.
• After it has set for the desired time, scrape off as much cream as you can and put it back into the container to reuse later (Note: this is not the case with all etching creams; the one that we have from Etchall is reusable – check labels).
Watch this video and you’ll see how it’s done:
Have fun, play, and create!