March 25, 2009

Etched Glass Wedding Gifts

Etched glass surfaces make great unique wedding gifts. You can really customize your gift to suit the couple and make it a one of a kind present they will treasure and use for years.

You will need:
  • An object with a smooth glass surface, like a vase, drinking glass, or a mirror
  • Contact paper to place over your design
  • Armor glass etch cream (found at most hobby stores)
  • Foam brush
  • Exacto knife
  • Simple design to etch
  • Safety goggles
  • Rubber gloves
How to:
1. If you find a design that you like in a book that you cannot cut from that page, you can use the contact paper to trace it, as shown here.

2. Slowly peel the backing from the contact paper and smooth it onto your glass surface.

3. Using your exacto knife, carefully cut the contact paper to expose the parts of the surface you would like to expose to the etching cream. The surface exposed to the etching cream will take on a frosted look.
4. Carefully remove those parts that you have just carved.
5. Put your rubber gloves on and use your foam brush to apply a generous amount of etching cream to only those exposed parts of your surface where you wish to achieve the etching effect.
6. Wait 5-7 minutes for the etching cream to eat away at the glossy surface of your glass.
7. With your rubber gloves and goggles on, bring the glass item to a sink where you will carefully wash off the etching cream.
8. Once you have completely rinsed off the etching cream, you may remove the contact paper.
9. Voila! You have a unique wedding gift.

-Lorina Pellach Ladrillono, The Original Beadscarf.


Stella Belikiewicz said...

Oooh, I've always wanted to try this.... Maybe this will be the catalyst I need.

May Luk Ceramics said...

Very cute and special. Doesn't look too hard either. Thanks!

nordeasoaperie said...

wow are sooooo crafty, i'm in awe!

sanam arzoo said...

these are all such great and thoughtful gifts! I laughed at your comment about the marriage day gift exchange, I recently mentioned that to my fiance and he refused to believe "it could be a thing.I seriously just love your necklace in those bridal photos. you create me wish i had worn one. it's perfect!!!! Wedding Gifts