Here's a quick little project that you could do in less than an hour - etching on glass.
Glass etching is the technique of creating art on the surface of glass by applying acidic, caustic, or abrasive substances. There are various techniques of etching, but here we will use one of the more popular glass etching cream method.
At the least, you will need the following to complete a simple glass etching project:
* a glass surface
* glass etching cream
I used the Armour Etch glass etching cream that I got online for P585 from my favorite oil painting and art supply store, Deovir Arts (they also have a store in SM Megamall). If this is your first time trying out glass etching, please be kind to yourself and do not use your most expensive glassware. Also please take note that glass etching cream contains dangerous flouride compounds such as NaF and HF (let's pretend I know exactly what they are), so please use with caution and proper safety measures, which include but not limited to the basics - keep away from your eyes, wear gloves and most definitely do not ingest!
Before you begin, make sure that you wash and soap your glass surface clean and wipe it dry. I set aside a couple of plain glass mugs for demonstration.
1 | Set your stencils securely against the surface or where desired. Smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles, particularly on the edges of the stencil where applied cream could seep into.
3 | Rinse the cream away under running water. Please ensure that the cream is completely washed off.
2 | Apply the glass etching cream liberally and evenly on the cutout where you want the frosty, etched effect on the glass surface. Let it sit for about 15 minutes, or as instructed in the glass etching cream bottle.
4 | Remove the stencils when done. Wash it again with soap and water, and dry.
You should now have completed your little project.
I hope that tutorial was easy to follow. Go now and enjoy etching your own glasses at home!