Thursday, August 28, 2014

Crafty Thursdays: Etching Glass

Today on Crafty Thursday we are going to show you how to etch glass. Our trial run was on a mason jar and I love the look. This project looks better in person that it does in the photos, so you'll just have to trust me.  

Here's what you'll need:

  • A mason jar or another glass object
  • Etching Paste (I used Armour Etch here)
  • Vinyl stencils suitable for etching (it's easier if they stick like the ones from Martha Stewart I used)
  • Popsicle stick to apply the etching creme
  • Gloves
  • A tea light for inside once you're done
  • A sink for rinsing

Step One:

Wash your jar. Make sure there are no finger prints when you are done. 

Step Two:
Pick your stencil and determine where you want to place it. Then don your gloves and place the stencil is the desired spot. 

Step Three:
Once you have the stencil where you want it, carefully apply the etching creme on the stencil in the area of exposed glass. 

You can see in this blurry photo where the etching cream has been applied over the 221b side. You get the idea. You can see I put a little too much on here. You don't want it to drip on the glass outside of the stencil. 

Step Four:
Now for the boring part - wait 7-10 minutes for your glass to etch. 

Step Five:
Rinse the etching creme off and dry your glass. Now you just have to put the candle inside and you are done. 

Come back next week for another exciting craft...


  1. This is really cool, and I've never heard of etching creme. Itch creme yes, etch creme no. And I was a little slow on the 221b. But I get it now!

    1. I laughed out loud at the itch creme remark. I was a little slow on finding a simple design to use for the jar that linked it to mystery or books. Some of the links are looser than others...

  2. I doff my deerstalker to you! Another clever project.

    1. Thank you, Barbara! I have three crazy crafty friends and we do most of these together. We have a lot of fun doing them (more fun when they turn out, some are real dogs and we can't post them and we have to scramble.)