Glass Etching

No sewing post today, but I can say that I successfully etched glass (and didn’t get any chemical burns)! I realize it’s almost impossible to take good photos of frosted glass, but here are some of what I made:


For this, I used a negative image from my cricut machine and a product called Armour Etch. I discovered that there are no instructions on how to use this product so you’re pretty much up to finding it on their site or using Google for a few tutorials. After a bit of research, I ditched most of the manufacturer’s directions and went with these tips instead (and got great results right off the bat):

  • Shake the product well before using and make sure you clean your glass surface with rubbing alcohol to remove fingerprints so that it adheres better to the glass.
  • I used ‘regular’ vinyl without any problems. Be sure that you burnish it onto the glass well to prevent any gaps so that the etching cream won’t leak through. I also added a layer of painter’s tape around the image so that when I applied the cream it didn’t accidentally drip or smear on areas outside the vinyl. By the way, lots of people discourage you from using a rounded surface, but I never experienced any problems. Just be sure to apply your vinyl slowly to prevent air bubbles.
  • Apparently, the manufacturer recommends removing the cream after 1 minute – which everyone has agreed is not long enough. I found 6-7 minutes worked great.
  • Most people reported splotches in their final product when they “left the cream alone”. Moving the cream around in different directions (up, sideways, diagonal, etc.) during that 6-7 minutes of etching time gave consistent results. I still found a bit of unevenness, but it is very difficult to see.
  • Most importantly, wear gloves (and eye protection)! The etching cream is an acid so it can give you pretty nasty chemical burns if it comes into contact with your skin.