At 12/29/12 05:20 PM, MajesticBob wrote:
First attempt at glass etching. I did this with an etching tool. Not the most precise thing in the world, but I did manage to pit an image onto glass. So there is that.
I've pretty much already explained my methods in my threads and in the Art101 tutorials. but I use armour etch glass etching cream. It works on most glass. A big difference though is that it is only a surface etch. Its no where near as deep as an etching tool or sand blasting.
As for art. I found those Avery Shipping labels work awesomely. I can feed it through the printer to get my digital art on the paper. then stick it to the glass. From there I take my exacto (be very, VERY careful) and cutout the pieces I want etched. Slap on some cream, wash it all off 5 minutes later and Bam! I have some custom etched glass.
Also you can draw your designs if you lack printer or what ever.
I found this method to be pretty accurate too since you can print just about any image to the paper to cut out. The resources and overhead isn't too much and you can sell the glass at an easy profit.
Another down side though is if the glass condensates its kind of hard to see the etching. But still pretty effective.
if you have trouble getting the label off. a little oil will save the day. I use some cheap 3in1 oil, works wonders.
Now that I have access to a vinyl plotter at work though, making masks is easier than ever.
You know I think I can compile another quick tutorial. Give me a bit and I'll work it up.