Getting To Know the Etch Bath Glass Etching System
Clean and dry the glass or mirror thoroughly.
The Etch Bath Stencils that come in your kit are a pre-cut vinyl stencil consisting of three layers: a top protective carrier sheet, the actual adhesive stencil piece, and a bottom waxed protective sheet. Hold the stencil up to a light source to see where the artwork is die cut on the vinyl. The stencil artwork is printed on the reverse side of this sheet. The areas illustrated in BLUE are the usable stencils that you will be using for your project. With a sharp scissor, cut through the three layers of the stencil material and, cut carefully around the design area. Peel off the protective waxed backing sheet, exposing the adhesive side of the stencil.
Apply the remaining two layers of the cut stencil to your glass in the desired position. Rub the entire stencil to be sure it is adhered completely. Remove the top carrier sheet off the top of the stencil. You can use the end of a hobby knife, tweezers or a safety pin to pry up the end of the stencil. Remove the stencil material from your project that surrounds your selected stencil until only the stencil pattern you wish to reproduce is remaining.
To prepare the beveled ornament for dipping, attach a length of string cut to the size needed to allow you to dip the glass ornament into the Etch Bath solution.
Hang your ornament inside the dipping container, fill the container with enough water to cover the ornament.
Remove the ornament and use a crayon or marker to mark the water level on the outside of the dipping container.
Empty water from container. Thoroughly dry both container & glass ornament.
Put on rubber gloves, keeping them on through remainder of the etching process.
Open the jar of Etch Bath Glass Dipping Solution included in your kit, stir thoroughly with a wood or plastic stirring stick. Be careful not to splash solution outside of jar.
Slowly pour Etch Bath Glass Dipping Solution to level of pen mark. Re-cap Etch Bath jar.
Return ornament to container and let glass object soak 5 to 10 minutes or more, depending on the type and hardness of the glass.
Remove glass ornament from container and rinse well under running water, being careful not to disturb stencils. Dry thoroughly and examine etched surface. If etching is in-complete, return glass to container and let it soak a few more minutes before rinsing.
Remove stencil once you are satisfied with etched surface you have achieved.
Return Etch Bath Glass Dipping Solution to
original jar for re-use. Consult the etch bath bottle
for safety precautions.
Please refer to our Etch Bath Book, #14-0270 for more project information.