This year, for Father’s Day, I decided to try my hand at something I had never considered before: DIY etched glass. Thanks to Pinterest, I now have bundles of photos, suggestions and tutorials. When I came across pictures of glasses etched with fun images and names, I knew I had found the perfect Father’s Day gift!
Mustaches are just a few selections for an etched glass mug.
• Armor Etch – found at craft or hobby stores.It’s a bit pricey but goes a long way. Also, please read all the warnings and suggestions! This project is best done when little ones are not around and you’re able to give it your full attention.
• Rubber or disposable gloves (must have!)
• Paint brush or Popsicle sticks
• Sticker and tape
1. Clean the glass with rubbing alcohol to remove all residue and ensure a clean surface.
2. Place sticker or sticker negative (the left over part of a sticker) on the glass.There are kits you can purchase that are reusable.
3. Put on gloves, lay out newspaper and read instructions on the Armor Etch.
4. Use a paint brush or Popsicle stick (I used the stick and tossed when done) to apply a heavy amount of acid to the area you want etched. The cream will run so it helps to put painters tape around the outside of the sticker.
5. Leave it on for 5 minutes.
With the proper materials and instructions, you'll be creating masterpieces in no time.
6. Rinse in warm water (with gloves still on) and pull off sticker. A stainless steel sink will do fine while rinsing. If you have porcelain, rinse into a bowl and then dilute before pouring down drain.
7. It’s permanent so give it a good washing and it’s ready to use!
Tip: There are crystals in the cream.Use the Popsicle stick to move those off of the etch area. Also, small air bubbles come up during the five minutes. Use your Popsicle stick to pop those and smooth the cream again. This will ensure a uniform etched area.
These glasses are a simple, cute gift made especially for that wonderful father in your life!
About the author: Simri Davis lives in McKinney with her husband and three children.