Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Easy Etching Tutorial

Sometimes I wish I could etch my face...

Difficulty: Easy
Cost: $10-20 (but once you have the stuff, it'll last you forever!)
Time: 30 minutes
Fun-ness: When the bottle says: any contact = a call to poison control, then yeah. It's fun. 

Armour Etch Cream
Paint Brush
Glass Surface
Exacto Knife
Masking Tape

Step 1: Prep the Tape
Place a strip of thick masking tape over your glass. Using your fingernail, scratch back and forth over the entire strip, to create a better seal between the tape and the glass. Using permanent marker, write your word (You may want to print it, and then cut over the printed image...but I was lazy, and just winged it

Step 2: Cut it out
Using your exacto knife, carefully cut around all the edges...If you are awesome and own a Silhouette / Cricut, you could cut it out onto contact paper and save yourself the work, but I was once again feeling lazy, and didn't want to go to the store to get contact paper (common theme...). Once you've cut it all out, remove the letters, and use your nail to push down the tape surrounding the letters (it'll help make the edges more "crisp")

Step 3: Etching!
Grab your etching might want to wear gloves, because if it comes in contact with your skin, you are in trou-ble (like poison control trouble). I was super careful, and didn't wear gloves, because, well, I'm a moron like that. Layer that crap on, like it's no tomorrow. Let it sit for 5-7 minutes (this is a good time for a Jello break...) and then wash it under hot water. This will get your tape off without you having to touch it. Dry it off, and you are D-O-N-E

Just don't use the "drink me" jar for peeing...
that'll get confusing real quick. 


Unknown said...

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I got some of that etching cream for Christmas but haven't used it yet because I don't know what to etch or exactly how to get the letters nice and thank you so much for the tutorial! I'll be etching something really soon :)

annies home said...

love the humor in your post also thanks for sharing how to etch this will come in handy down the line I am sure

S said...

what are you going to put in it then? perhaps you could make another that says pee in me.

Becky said...

Woohoo! I'm excited to try it! I didn't really know even that much about etching....

Jackie said...

Good thing I don't usually pee in jars. Phew. If I decide to take it up, I'll make a 'Pee in Me' jar.

Jen said...

Just a tip I learned the hard careful not to let the etching cream touch anything while trying to wash it down the sink...I accidently "etched" my water spout/handles.

Rissa @ Hazel and Honeysuckle said...

Cool idea! Love your writing style. I think I'm the "no-gloves-because-I'm-that-awesome" type too ;)

Unknown said...

You are so dang funny. I am doing to start taking jello breaks during all my crafts. :)

Kari Wagner Hoban said...

I love your blog! I found you through Pinterest and you make me this idea. :)

Emilee said...

Just found you through pintrest and I'm in love with your blog and your humor! You are so funny and this is an awesome tutorial!

thelambs said...

Thanks for the laugh today! You are a HOOT to read... look forward to reading more :) thanks

My name is Staci and I am a Swim Mom. said...

I learned, I laughed, I'm inspired. Thank you!

Melissa said...

Awesome idea! Is there a way to "color" the cream?

Michele T said...

Thanks for the hilarious tute - best one yet!! Awesome idea too!

Unknown said...

I'm a blog stalker too, found your blog and absolutely love it! But I have to say I'm concerned with the no gloves. I'm a chemist as well as a crafter and feel like I should warn you about the active ingredient in the etch cream. It's HF (hydrofluoric acid) and highly toxic. You don't have to take my word for it either, the all-knowing wikipedia is actually pretty informative on this topic.

Taryn@pinsandprincesses said...

I love, love this idea! I think this is sooo cool! On my summer to do list! Shared your idea here:

Anonymous said...

I dont know much about etching either but I have been dying to personalize some glassware for a friend as a gift. I have seen where people have etched the name on the inside of the dish so people know where to return it. My question is would this cream be ok to do that kind of thing with? Wouldnt want to accidently poison anyone! Lol

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@Anonymous, you could use this to etch the inside of a dish, as long as you wash it off really, really well before putting any food in it. Another idea would be to etch the bottom of he dish so you don't have to worry so much.
@Melissa, you can't color the cream because what it actually does is eat away a layer of the glass, rather than creating a layer. Look on Pinterest on how to dye your mason jars.
I've etched wine glasses, candle jars, champagne flutes and the glass of picture frames...there are so many applications you can use it for!

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I etched casserole dishes for every individual family in our clan last year for Christmas...they can come/go to any gathering anywhere and find their own dish to bring home. I get the large kind at any store. I also did those funky square jars with the silver lids and etched 'banks' for all the kiddos at the same time. Put their name on one side (sometimes at an angle if they're long), a dollar sign, a cent sign and an 'I Heart you' on the other! (added a $5.00 bill just to start things off!)

Leanna said...

Do you think you can use duck tape or does it have to be masking tape?

Channy said...

I live in England and have never heard of this cream. Can I get it online. If so, where?

Misty Carman said...

My sister loves stars. I bought a cheap pitcher and set of 4 glasees From Wal Mart. On 2 of The glasses, i used The negative of The stars, The other 2 glasses, I used the reverse image. Then chose the 1 that I liked best to do the pitcher. It looked like an expensive set.

Anonymous said...

This is awesome. Have had the etch creme forever and didn't know how to use it. So can't wait to get started. Thanks!

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Abbs Pepper said...

I'm not a crafty-type person, but I really want to do this. You make it sound easy, but it probably takes more skill than I have as yet. But if I can find the etch cream, I'll have a go! Thanks for the education and the laughs.

Anonymous said...

Love your blog! just a teeny bit of extra info: you can scrape the etch paste off and put it back in the container, its many times reusable! for those of us that are super-thrifty...

Anonymous said...

I love your blog.. you have such a great sense of humor.. do you think it's possible to etch mirrors also?

Anonymous said...

I came. I saw. I laughed. I loved. Now I will etch. Everybody is getting etched crap for Christmas this year! No "Who's gift is that?" No, no, no...more like "pass that over here, I see it has my name on it!"

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Milliscent Morgan said...

I love this site so much because I'm so mesmerize by the etched glass. Thanks for this post!

Glass Doors said...

Just like in your etching. I use masking tape to separate those areas to be etched and those aren't.

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