Glass Etching with your Cricut

Did you know that in addition to cutting out shapes for greeting cards and such, you can also choose a design and etch it onto a piece of glass?

It’s a bit different than what you’re probably used to using your Cricut for, but it’s a new technique you’ll be glad to have in the back of your mind the next time you need a unique personalized gift or just want to jazz up an interesting plate you picked up at a garage sale. The end result will look like something you took to one of those fancy mall shops and had custom made, but only you will know that the cost and effort were a mere fraction of that.

glass etched with sun

For this project you’ll need:

  • Your chosen piece of glass. It can be a plate, a drinking glass, or a mirror. It doesn’t have to be expensive, as the etching will add a look of elegance as well as value. I am always looking for good deals. I scored a bunch of flat glass wine bottles at a local pottery store on clearance. That’s what the mouse and cheese are etched on above. I’ve used several for gifts, they’re great to just have handy.
  • Adhesive vinyl to cut your image out.
  • Etching cream and a brush to paint it on your glass.

First thing you need to do is pick a piece. This is easiest on a flat surface such as a plate or just plain piece of glass. You can do it on drinking or wine glasses, christmas ornaments or virtually anything that is made of glass, but it’s always easier the first time if it’s just a flat piece of glass. Mirrors turn out beautifully, but they are a bit trickier than glass.

Next you want to pick your design. I recommend choosing something simple without a lot of intricate details at first, just to get yourself used to the technique.  It’s not hard, but if you take it slow, you’ll be much less frustrated with your results.

mouse and cheese etched on glass monogram etched salt and pepper shakers

When you start this project, it might seem like any other. You’ll cut your desired shape to fit your piece. I usually test it first on a  scrap of paper, so that you don’t waste the vinyl that you’ll use to actually complete the finished project.  Make sure your final cut is the right size for your piece. Once you’ve tested, you’re ready to start etching.

What’s different about this particular approach is that you’re going to cut your shape out of a piece of  adhesive vinyl instead of paper. Then instead of using the image, you’re going to take the image itself out of the vinyl and use the negative on your glass.  You want to stick it to the glass so that empty area where your shape used to be is where you want to place it on your glass. It takes a bit of patience and maneuvering to get it smooth, which is why a flat piece is always a good place to start. Once you have it on smooth, you’re going to take your etching cream and cover the empty spot. Let it dry, scrape off your excess cream, rinse and you have your finished project!

If you are interested in taking a glass etching class, please check the events page or contact me for more info on scheduling this class.

One Response

  1. grannyss1 Says:

    Your glass etching is great. I have tried it on a picture frame and it is not hard, but you do have to take your time. Thanks for sharing.

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