Sunday, March 3, 2013

Etched Pilsner Glasses

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St. Patrick's Day is around the corner and what could be a better craft for the holiday but etched pilsner glasses? Using a few supplies you can personalize your own glasses at home. This process is called glass etching. It is very simple.

You will need:
Contact paper (to make your own stencils) or sticker stencils
Pilsner glass
Armour Etch or other etching cream
Paintbrush
Rubber/protective gloves

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First you will draw your shape, like this shamrock onto the contact paper and cut it out. Peel off the backing and stick the stencil onto the glass. You can also use purchased stencils, like I did with the letters I used to spell "Magee" on the second glass. 

Put on the rubber gloves to protect your hands from the chemical etching cream. Using a paintbrush, cover the stencil with a generous amount of etching cream and let sit for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes, rinse off the etching cream in the sink.

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The next step is to peel off your stencils and wash your glasses with soap and water.

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They are now ready to be used! I etched these glasses with a shamrock and with my last name, but you can etch any glass with any design!

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Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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3 comments:

~julee~ said...

So cute!

melissa cox said...

These are so cool!! can these "etchings" be painted? if so, how would you do it?

Elizabeth Magee said...

Hi Melissa,
The etching cream leaves a frosted look. If you wanted something colorful, you could use glass paints. They create a nice stained glass look. Does that answer your question?