Oh my goodness. I am so excited and proud of my latest project!
Some day this week was junk pick-up day in the city (I was told it was Monday, but trash stayed out on the curb in some places until Wednesday). I’m always eyeballing the curbs when this happens, just hoping for some lost treasure… and this time I found it! Driving home from work on Tuesday, I spotted an old white window pane sitting by the road. I quickly turned around, pulled up in the driveway of the house (this is during rush hour, mind you, and in the rain, and in my good work clothes), threw it in the car, and squealed out.
I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. I decided on this design:
And set to work getting it etched into my new glass.
I have made a quick rundown of the steps involved, in case anybody else wants to try it.
How To Create Your Own Glass Etching Design
1. Find some glass that you’d like to etch.
2. Find a design (or you could freehand the drawing, in which case you’d be a lot more artistic than myself).
3. Buy white Contact brand paper and some glass etching cream (I got mine from Michael’s, I’m sure most craft stores carry it).
3a. Almost croak when the cashier rings up your total because you didn’t look at how ridiculously expensive the etching cream is.
4. Load your design into Photoshop (or a similar program… your best bet is actually one that has a poster printing option, as I’ll explain in step 5) and change the dimensions of it to match the size you want it on the glass.
5. This gets tricky. I cropped and printed small sections of the design one at a time and then taped them together because Photoshop doesn’t have a poster setting.
6. Tape the printed design to the back of the contact paper and trace it onto the contact paper.
7. Since I was doing a window, I measured each pane and the width of the pieces between the panes and drew it out on top of the traced design. I cut out all of the places where it wasn’t going to be glass.
8. Apply the contact paper to the glass and trace over every line with a razor blade. The parts you peel off will be the parts that are etched. Clean the exposed parts with Windex so the cream will have a good clean surface to adhere to. Here is my window all cut out and ready to etch:
9. Put on a mask over your nose and mouth, long sleeves, pants, cleaning gloves, and safety glasses. Lock your pets and husband in another room. This stuff is no joke.
10. Apply to glass according to the directions on the bottle. Mine only had to sit for 5 minutes.
11. Because of the scale of mine, I wiped the cream off with damp paper towels until it was all gone.
12. Peel off Contact paper and appreciate your new one-of-a-kind work of art!