One of my latest pins was about etching your own glass. Michael's sells a product called Armour Etch and basically you paint it onto glass, let is sit so it can eat away at the surface and then clean it off to reveal an etched design. Since I had the Cricut here and had just cut out some fun designs for my mixer, I decided to use the other part of the vinyl as stencils and try my hand at glass etching. Oh, and let me just warn you that Armour Etch is not cheap, so if you read this and decide "I so need to do this!" be prepared to spend money. There were three sizes at Michael's, the largest bottle was $36.99. I opted for the medium size $29.99. You need to really want to etch glass and have plans to etch a lot of it to make the purchase worthwhile. The bottle also had some pretty serious warnings about safety with this stuff, so I wouldn't consider this a kid friendly project. I guess anything strong enough to eat away glass probably isn't for children.
|Recognize the designs? Leftover pieces of vinyl from my mixer decorating experiment. I'm thrifty like that.|
The bottle said to paint horizontal and then vertical to cover the area that you wanted to etch, but I found that this caused some of my vinyl to move, especially the really thin areas, so I ended up dabbing it on with a sponge brush sort of the same way you stencil.
|See where that tiny little arm is sticking up? Yeah...etching cream got under there.|
|Isn't she pretty??|