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Tip from Reva: Etched In Stone... Well, Glass Anyway: Glass Etching with the Brother ScanNCut

Tip from Reva: Etched In Stone... Well, Glass Anyway: Glass Etching with the Brother ScanNCut

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!


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