Tip - Creating Etched Frames and Borders Tip - Creating Etched Frames and Borders Framing in a design or adding a border has multiple benefits. You can add elegance, drama or intrigue to a plain piece of glass. It also can make a stencil that is too small look much larger with a frame around it.
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Tip - Creating Etched Frames and Borders

Tip - Creating Etched Frames and Borders

Framing in a design or adding a border has multiple benefits.

You can add elegance, drama or intrigue to a plain piece of glass. It also can make a stencil that is too small look much larger with a frame around it.

Framing with pinstripes, borders, corner scrolls and flourishes are techniques picture framers have used for years to make a small piece of art look much larger than it actually is. The lines will draw your eye into the center of the frame where the primary subject is located.

Challenge yourself and try this technique out. You will be amazed at how rewarding it can be and how simple our techniques are to do.



Basic ways to frame in a stencil design:
  • Add a pinstripe around the edge of the glass. This is effective on large flat panes of glass that have no character of their own like picture frame glass, cabinetry panels or the top rim of a wine glass.
  • Stencil some corner designs, then connect them with a pinstripe.
  • Stencil a script monogram letter in the middle of your piece of glass and then surround it with a border or bracket to frame it in. Works well on wine glasses, coasters, ornaments and mirrors
  • Use one of our decorative stencil border stencils and then add a name or design above it.
  • Add corners to a picture frame or mirror to add some elegance


  • Suggested Materials:
  • Pre-made stencils We offer a large variety of pre-made border and corner stencils in our product line. You will find them available in the Over N Over, Rub N Etch and Peel N Etch sections of the www.etchworld.com website
  • Pinstripe Tape- We have two styles of pinstripe tape available. #25-4000 comes with a wide stripe in the middle with a skinny stripe on either side #25-4100 comes with one wide stripe and one skinny stripe.
  • Masking tape- Make your own width stripes using masking tape. You may want to purchase several different widths of tape so you can create different width borders. Lay the rows of tape down on the glass side by side without overlapping. This will help you maintain even spaced widths, then pull out the strips you wish to etch. Practice this technique on scrap glass first so can test out different width bordersibefore you etch your good piece of glass.
  • Contact vinyl Make your own border by cutting an fancy edge on vinyl masking. Next add a row of masking tape spaced the desired width away from the fancy edge. Etch the space between the two to get a frosted border with the decorative edge inside. Try playing with pinking shears, craft punches or decorative edged scissors.


  • Final Tips:
  • After you apply your stencil material, cover it with a piece of computer paper and rub down well with a burnisher, old credit card or letter folder. The paper will prevent accidentally tearing the vinyl pieces with the tool while burnishing it. Burnishing assures that all edges are firmly adhered to the glass (nothing looks worse than an etched blurry pinstripe or design)
  • Pat the Etch cream onto the border. Resist the temptation to brush it on like you are painting or it will be streaky and not be evenly frosted.
  • Always practice your stripes on scrap glass, it can sometimes get confusing as to how the final stripe will look when deciding what stays and what gets removed
  • How to precisely apply a corner stencil to 2 or more sides Getting corner stencils precisely even on flat glass at the same angle on 2 or more corners can be a bit challenging, but we have made it simple by creating a template to help with precise placement every time. You will need a marker and a piece of paper as large as your glass. You will be making two marks one inside the other. For the outer mark, lay your piece of glass on the paper in a comfortable spot to line up the glass each time. Draw a dark line around one of the outer corners of the glass on that spot. This is where you will line up the glass each time. Now lay your stencil on the paper where you would like it to be applied to the glass in relation to the corner mark. Draw around the outside of the stencil on the paper. Remove the stencil and lay your glass on the paper nestling the corner inside your outer mark. Apply your stencil to the glass lining up the edge along the marks you see through the glass on the paper. Turn the glass around to the next corner to be stenciled and line up in the same marks as the other corner. Apply your stencil to the glass on the marks as you did before
  • If you are adding a border or corner on glass that will be in a picture frame, you must be conscious of where the edge of the glass actually is once the glass is in the frame. You will have to place your stencil away from the edge enough that it will not get partially hidden under the rabbit of the frame. To determine this, place the glass inside the frame and secure it. On the front side of the glass, mark the inside edge of the frame onto the glass with a fine tip magic marker (glass cleaner will remove the marker when you are finished). Remove the glass from the frame and apply your stencils.
  • Use magic markers, T-squares and rulers to help you with placement of stripes, corners and borders. The marker (do not use permanent glass markers) can be cleaned off with glass cleaner once you are finished. Make your marks on the opposite side of the glass from where you will be etching. You do not want the marker to interfere with the Etch Creams abilities.
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    Article Posted: 05/11/2018 12:29:29 PM

    Tip - Creating Etched Frames and Borders
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