I have been wanting to try glass etching for a while and I finally had the perfect motivation. I wanted to make some custom glasses for a gift, but I thought I would do a trial run with a Target martini glass first, just in case! It was really easy and I was happy with the results. I used the Martha Stewart Etching Cream that you can find in most craft stores.
The first step was to wash the glass with soap and water. Then I gently cleaned the surface with rubbing alcohol. Once dry, I applied the stencil. You can buy stencils or make them. I used adhesive vinyl and cut the stencil on my Silhouette CAMEO®. I applied the vinyl to the glass using painter’s tape. I find it easier for small projects than cutting transfer tape.
The air bubbles don’t matter too much as long as they are not near the letters or design. I used a brush to apply the etching cream to the stencil and let it sit for 20 minutes. You don’t want the etching cream to get on your hands, so wearing gloves is recommended.
I washed off the etching cream with water first and then soap and water. Then I removed the stencil for the big reveal!
Just what I expected! The uses for this are endless now that I know how easy it is. I can think of tons of projects and gifts to add to my to do list. Let me know if you have any questions!