In my epic goal list from the start of the year I expressed a desire to attempt some glass etching and perhaps make a line of etched glass jars if the process was a natural fit. The minimal look of etched glass on jars is somehow 1890s retro to me, there's something so "apothecary" about it that woos me. And labeled jars are for/thrifting for storing bulk-bought food, craft supplies, and pet food. My finished product (above) didn't come out perfect, but I'm excited to play with this more.
Armour Etch Cream, Alphabet Stickers, Foam Brushes, Painter's Tape use jars you have, ask friends to save sauce jars for you or try this 4 Piece Jar Set or 5 Piece Set. Terry cloth rag.
All supplies can be found at your local Michael's (though not JoAnn) store. Don't forget their weekly coupon! (40% Any one non-sale item. It's up every week.)
There are stencils to use with your etching cream but went with the alphabet stickers because those stencil letters are usually cursive or unappealing. For this craft you'll need jars (I like these ones, you can save instead of tossing your own sauce jars), drafting tape, paint brush , gloves and Armour Etch.
Spell what you will, mark off the "label" portion with your drafting tape. These would be hilarious with curse and random silliness (can't wait to make goofy ones) but I contained myself. For now. I'd wear gloves and protect your work space with newspaper, the armor etch is an acid. Press down your tape and letters really hard so the armor etch does not leak underneath!
Layer on thick layer of your armor etch with your paint brush. Let it sit for the instructed time, usually 10 minutes, then wipe off the armor etch cream to reveal your newly etched glass. I used dry terrycloth then washed it with soap and water to get the rest of the residue off.
Stick your stickers and tape down hard, it's easy for the etching cream to slip under the adhesives otherwise. Have fun experimenting, I think I need to play with homemade stencils next! I need to make horror movie version of these. Eye of Newt, etc...
Getting into any DIY Shenanigans this weekend? I want to get to making lots of shelves for my 1 million curios next.