I am going to show you and perhaps guide you through the exciting world of glass etching.
Where to begin?
First you should gather you materials.
For this project you will need a container of etching medium (I used Armour Etch and I bought it at Michael's)
a stencil (I will tell you how to make one later on)
an exacto knife, a cutting board(preferably glass or plastic)
clear contact paper, scotch tape, a paint brush, rubber gloves, a sink with running water and an old rag
Next you will need to find something glass that you want to etch on. I chose mason jars, we currently have our toothbrushes in them in the bathroom and they were kind of plain, so I wanted to make them prettier. Next you need to decide what you are going to etch onto them. I decided to go with simple cut outs of people. I searched on google for images that would work. You are going to have to make a stencil so do not try anything to difficult at first. Start easy. To make the stencil you need to print out your idea as large as you would like it. Next you will cut a piece of contact paper the size of your image. Tape the contact paper onto the cutting board so it doesn't move around. DO NOT remove the backing of the paper yet. Next tape your image on top of the contact paper. Make sure everything is secure. Now you are going to take your exacto knife and carefully and slowly cut around the image you want to etch through all of the layers. When you have finished cutting you will remove all of the tape carefully and you should have something like this,
Now you are going to carefully remove the backing from the contact paper and adhere it to the glass. Do this very carefully. You want to make sure that you press down all of the edges very securely. You do not want the etching creme seeping under the stencil.
Now comes the fun part. Put your gloves on and carefully open the etching creme. This stuff is very corrosive and will eat your flesh so please be careful. Take your paint brush and carefully apply the creme. Brush it on in one direction and then brush in the other direction, right to left and then up and down. Then just kind of clump it on there.
Now you wait. The container said to wait five long and dreadful minutes. It is hard. Find something to do. Check email, go to the bathroom, read blogs, check Facebook. Just make sure you wait the full five minutes. I actually waited a little bit longer. About seven minutes. I like to make sure everything is nice and etched. After you have finished waiting you are going to rinse your project under running water. I use warm water. Please keep your gloves on for this part. I use the paintbrush to help remove the creme. Just keep rinsing until you are fairly certain there is nothing left on there. Don't freak out when you are doing this and think, oh no it didn't work, it did. The thing is when it is wet you will not be able to tell that it has worked. Peel the stencil off in the running water. Then take your rag and dry the whole thing off.
If you have any sticky stuff left on the glass just use something to remove it. I used goo-gone. Now stand back and admire you work. Think of all the amazing things you can make. Gifts for friends and relatives. Labeled water glasses for your family. The possibilities are endless. If you try it let me know how it worked for you. I would love to see your finished projects.
Here is what mine look like on my bathroom counter.