The idea of etching glass may seem a bit intimidating, but believe it or not, it’s pretty easy with the help of the Cricut Expression or Personal cutting machine. There are a few supplies that are necessary and some preliminary steps that need to be taken, but other than that, learning how to etch glass using the Cricut is simply a matter of following directions.
First off, users should gather the necessary supplies. These include:
• A piece of vinyl
• Glass for etching (Decorative glass plate, glass ornament, etc.)
• Bottle of glass etching cream
• Small-medium sized paint brush
• Desired Cricut cartridge
• An idea!
How to etch glass using the Cricut: Using the Cricut Expression
Next, place the piece of vinyl onto the Cricut mat, just as one would with scrapbook paper. Then, pick the desired graphic and size. Note: users may want to slow down Cricut Expression speed. Remove Cricut mat from Cricut Expression and remove vinyl piece (entire piece leaving cut-outs on mat). The vinyl will serve as a stencil for the glass etching!
How to etch glass using the Cricut: Check out that fine piece of glass!
After, remove the backing from the vinyl and place the sticky end on the glass item. Be sure to carefully place the vinyl on the glass as it should be flush with the surface.
Take the bottle of glass etching cream, dip the paint brush in it and dab it on the surface of the glass within the stencil. Repeat a couple times until there is a relatively thick layer of cream on the glass.
Wait 10-20 minutes for cream to dry.
Take a damp paper towel and wipe away excess cream on and around stencil but be careful to not wipe away entire work of art. Lastly, slowly peel off vinyl to see the finished product!
Now that it’s plain to see how simple and easy learning how to etch glass using the Cricut is, taking this unique idea and creating something spectacular is a walk in the park.
Have you tried etching glass with your Cricut?