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Circuit Bridge Project Guide - Glass Etching Techniques

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Etched Glass
Materials and Supplies
 • Glass to be stenciled     • StencilPro™ or PhotoEZ™ Stencil
 • Stencil Adhesive     • Glass Etching Cream
 • Flat paintbrush     • Tape
 • Paper towels     • Latex gloves
 • Tap water     • Paintbrush
 
Read all instructions before beginning your project. Read manufacture labels on products and supplies being used. Use safety glasses and gloves when using etching cream. Practice on a similar surface before starting your actual project. Recycled glass jars are great to practice with. They even make great inexpensive gifts when decorated and filled with goodies. Have FUN!
 
Project By:   Circuit Bridge
Time to Do:  3-5 hours
Skill Level:   Intermediate
 
Instructions
Etched Glass Figure 1
Etched Glass Figure 2
Etched Glass Figure 3
Etched Glass Figure 4
This project guide will explain three techniques for etching glass.
Choose one technique or try all three.

For all projects:
•Develop StencilPro™ (PhotoEZ™ may be used - follow appropriate exposure chart) Stencil according to directions. Clean glass.
•To fit the contour of the glass cut stencil in several pieces. See figure #1.

Tip: When workings with drinking glasses place a bath towel under the glass to prevent the glass from rolling.
 
Technique #1
Lightly apply stencil adhesive spray on film side (shiny side) of stencil. Blot off excess adhesive. Too much adhesive may clog the silkscreen. Align and press the stencil onto the glass surface. Place Tape around the edges of the stencil for added protection against movement. See figure #2.
 
Technique #2 - Great for all glass surfaces and glass surfaces with a slight curvature.
Dip or rinse a dry StencilPro™ (or PhotoEZ™) Stencil in water (do not soak). Blot stencil between clean-dry paper towels. When StencilPro™ Stencil is slightly damp the film side (shiny side) becomes tacky and adheres to glass surfaces. Align and press the stencil onto the glass surface. If the glass surface has a slight curve continue to press lightly with thumb and fingers to fit the contour of the glass. Tape may be added to the edges of the stencil for added protection against movement. See figure #2. Do not let the stencil dry on glass. If it does dry, soak stencil in water before removing.
 
Technique #3 - for flat or cylindrical glass surfaces.
Place StencilPro™ Stencil on glass surface. Place tape around edges of the stencil. Make certain there are no gaps between stencil and glass. Gaps will cause the etching cream to bleed and smear.
 
Apply etching cream, for all techniques:
Brush a thin coat of etching cream on stencil, then dab a generous coat of etching cream over the first coat. See Figure #3. Follow directions on etching cream bottle for the amount of time needed to set. Tip: When using technique #2, if etching cream is left on too long it may leave smug marks on the glass.
 
Rinsing:
Rinse glass under running tap water use a brush to remove etching cream. See Figure #4. While water is still running, remove stencil and continue to rinse and brush until all traces of etching cream is removed. Wash glass with soap and water and dry with towel. Rinse stencil and blot on paper towel, then place stencil on clean-dry paper towel to dry and use again. Blue shop towels works best.
Ribbon: Align stencil over ribbon. Tape stencil if needed. Use a flat paintbrush to apply gold paint. Gently left stencil. Clean stencil while paint is still wet or place in water and clean later.
 
The information on this project guide is presented in good faith, but no warranty is given, nor results guaranteed. Circuit Bridge, LLC disclaims all liability from any injury to anyone undertaking the construction of this project as a result of improper safety precautions. Since we have no control over physical surrounding the application of information herein contained, Circuit Bridge, LLC disclaims any liability for untoward results.
 

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