Easy Mirror Etching with Martha Stewart Crafts

February 19th, 2013 | Learn How

how to etch glass or mirror- important tips to get professional results

Holler if you love creating fabulous looking projects that look professional?? Hands up over here! Well, the products from the Martha Stewart glass painting program help you create etched glass projects that truly look like you paid a lot for them.

I recently got my hands on some Martha Stewart glass etching cream. This was my first crack at glass etching and let me tell you I feel pretty confidant in my abilities after only a few small projects!  It is so easy to use, and if you aren’t great at coming up with your own design ideas Martha also has loads of silk screens, and adhesive stencils for making unique projects.  Today I’ve chosen a thrift shop item to try the mirror etching on.

MS-etching-collage

how to etch glass or mirror- important tips to get professional results

I wanted to create a unique mirror for my entryway, I cut a mask using my die cut machine and vinyl (I forgot I’d be taking pictures of it and used clear vinyl (oops)). I rubbed the vinyl down using the edge of a credit card to ensure that the etching cream would not seep under (a few places I secured with painters tape).

how to etch glass or mirror- important tips to get professional results

Using the Martha Stewart Etching Cream, a brush (a small one is included) and wearing my protective gloves, I spread a generous coat of the cream on the inside of my mask.

how to etch glass or mirror- important tips to get professional results

After 30 minutes (the pkg. suggests 15, but this project was large so it took a bit longer) I used the straight edge of a credit card to scrape away the excess etching cream. This step is only necessary on large projects as you need to be careful not to get the creme on areas you don’t want etched.

how to etch glass or mirror- important tips to get professional results

how to etch glass or mirror- important tips to get professional results

how to etch glass or mirror- important tips to get professional results

Tips:

  • Use a brush relative in size to your project. A foam brush is a good idea for large areas, and will cause less streaking in your etching.
  • Use a credit card to smooth down your mask.
  • Remove creme from large projects with the edge of a credit card.
  • Wear gloves for the entire project (yes that includes washing).
  • Be very careful to not get etching cream in unwanted areas, it does start to etch immediately.
  • If you get any spots that are hard white rather than frosty, toilet bowl cleaner will fix them.

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