Etch the glasses - create a fine satin finish


Frosted or frosted surfaces and patterns on a glass look particularly noble and valuable. This noble type of engraving can be produced relatively easily. How to decorate your glasses with great ornaments and patterns in etching technology, we show here in the manual. Make your own stencils, then you can etch several glasses with the same pattern.

Etch glasses step by step

  • Etching cream for glass
  • kitchen roll
  • Self-adhesive film
  • carbon paper
  • Cuttermesser
  • scalpel
  • Cutting board
  • bristle brush
  • pencil

1. Cut the foil

The piece of foil should be slightly larger than the pattern or ornament you want to etch on the glass. Lay it loosely on the glass and check if it is big enough and not too big. Since most glasses are not quite flat, too big a film would not adhere properly and the pattern could be later.

2. Transfer ornament or pattern

Using the carbon paper and a pencil, transfer the selected ornament to the adhesive film. Now you can cut out the ornament with the cutter knife from the foil. You can not reuse the slide. If you want to etch several glasses, you should also make a corresponding number of slides. The film is then glued cleanly on the glass and especially well-marked at the edges.

3. Etching

Now, the etching cream is brushed with the bristle brush well opaque on the ornament. Do not try to get any of the cream under the edges of the film. Depending on the manufacturer, the etching cream must act for different amounts of time. Observe this information as precisely as possible.

4. Rinse and remove

After the exposure time, the glass is rinsed under clean water. When the caustic cream is completely washed off, you can carefully peel off the foil. If there are any leftovers from the glue, you can simply wash them off with dishwashing detergent.

Tips & Tricks

If you are already a real craftsman, you could also satin your glasses with a hobby sandblaster. The procedure is basically the same. However, you already need some flair for this difficult job.


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