I love glass but I have to admit it’s a little scary working with it. I’d love to learn how to make the objects themselves but being that it’s a very expensive art and not really a lot of available classes, figuring out an economical way to make personalized glassware is at least something fun to try using craft store finds.
Michaels sells a simple to use glass etching brush on liquid for less than $20 (especially with a coupon). I used one of my really cheap brushes and this stuff works within a few short minutes.
I own the Cricuit Explore air, so I found a free SVG image through Google search and make my own template. The Cricuit has its own template material which holds up to reusing over and over again.
Etching in a roundish surface is a lot more challenging since the template I made was warping a bit as I wrapped it around the glass surface. I just made sure to press and smooth hard on the stencil.
The basics on etching: stencil needs to be attached firmly on whatever surface you are decorating, the etching material needs to be applied thickly and evenly, it should stand/stay on the pieces for at least ten minutes (the longer the more etched it appears) and gloves need to be used when washing off the material. I used a make up sponge and running water to clean them up after about ten minutes of the stuff soaking in the surface.
I think they came out really nice and were super fast to make. I completed about 14 in about an hour. The more stencils you make the faster this is (in this case I made 4 stencils and just reused the stencils after I etched, rinsed and dried the glasses.
Super fun, easy and satisfying.