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How do you do glass etching with acid?

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To etch glass, you will need glass, window cleaner, a pattern, a pencil, contact and carbon paper, a soft cloth, a utility knife, a foam brush and latex gloves. Most glass etching can be finished in about 30 minutes, but the time can vary.

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How do you do glass etching with acid?
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  1. Clean the glass

    Spray down the glass with the window cleaner and dry. Try to make the glass as clean and dust free as possible. Dry off the glass with a clean, soft cloth.

  2. Place contact paper on the glass

    Cut a piece of contact paper in the same shape as your pattern. Make the cut-out several inches larger than the original pattern. Place the contact paper on the glass where you want your pattern to be located and smooth out all of the air bubbles.

  3. Trace your pattern onto the contact paper

    Place the carbon paper on the contact paper, and then place your pattern on top of that. Using a pencil, trace the outline of your pattern onto the carbon paper. The outline of your pattern will be transferred to the contact paper. Remove the carbon paper and your pattern when you are finished.

  4. Cut out your pattern

    Use the utility knife to carefully cut away the excess contact paper from the glass. Double check the edges of the paper to make sure that they are still completely attached to the glass.

  5. Apply etching cream

    Put on your latex gloves and spread a thick layer of etching cream over the exposed glass with a foam brush. Once the surface is thickly coated, let the cream sit for 15 minutes.

  6. Wash off etching cream

    After the etching cream has sat for the required amount of time, wash off the glass with water. Remove the contact paper when the glass is clean, and you should see the pattern etched into the glass.

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