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Glass Etching – The Art of Reinventing Glass Surfaces

Sep 19th, 2013 By

Glass is an essential component in modern interior design. Possessing great versatility, it extends beyond mere use as windows and mirrors. Today, a plethora of home and decor items is made from glass. Even so, over time, this material can lackluster.
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From the living room to a kitchen, the bedroom to a bathroom–whether for utilitarian or decorative purpose, it is easy to spot an extensive use of clear or plain glass within one’s home. Eventually, in time, the appearance of these items dulls due to daily use, marring their former appeal. Etching is an excellent technique to present these articles a renewed look, giving them a distinct style of their own. Read below to know some creative ways on restoring old glass accessories, using the art of etching.


Glass Etching – Why and How?

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There are several benefits to glass etching; they serve both artistic and functional purposes in a decor.  Interestingly, it is not an expensive craft and neither do you need to be a professional or someone with an art background. An age-old technique, it involves the use of certain chemical compounds to create art and designs on glass surfaces. To begin, you will need some basic supplies along with an etching cream, stencils, and equally important a good dose of creativity for making patterns on your glass articles.


To Remember – When Applying the Craft

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Before you begin, prepare a mental checklist of certain do’s and don’ts. First, make sure the glass surface is wiped clean. To trace a pattern, use the carbon and contact paper (supplies). Then carefully cut of the desired pattern using a utility knife. Thereafter, apply the etching cream all over the surface, however, apply a thick layer so the result is uniformed. Be sure to wear latex gloves along with long sleeve shirt, as the cream is acidic in nature. In order for the pattern above the glass does not move from its place while applying the cream, secure it with adhesive. For curing, leave it aside for about 20 minutes. Later, wash out all the cream with running water, gently remove the contact paper and voila!


Potential Surfaces – Where do I Begin?

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Almost every glass accessory within the home is a potential canvas to unleash your creativity. For starters, pan your interiors for prospective surfaces-keep an eye for plain or clear glass items only. Look into the living room or lounge, you may have a glass center table that needs an update, or the dull windows; at the dining table, there are a lot options such as coasters, wine glasses, plates, glassware, candle holders, etc. that you can pep up. Likewise, the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom house various glass objects in form of containers, mirrors, shower doors, and more, which can likely make use of a new look by etching their glass surface.

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Get Creative – Try Out New Ideas

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Repetition can be boring, especially when dealing with daily use objects. Do not etch similar looking designs on to your glass accessories. Bring in a sense of variety. For example, in the dining room, select a theme-say autumn. Etch elements relevant to the season, such as leaves, fruits, flowers, raindrops, umbrella, etc. on to the dinnerware. Similarly, go create artworks depicting animal kingdom, sceneries, rainbow, portraits, and other decorative themes on windows, glass partitions, shower doors, and frames. Infuse a bit of inspiration through quotes etched on mirrors, serving trays, and decorative showpieces that lack colors or pattern.

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Following above-mentioned steps will help restore your treasured glass items, that may need an update or lack refinement due to age. Undoubtedly, there are many more ideas to the ones presented, for you to incorporate. Glass etching is the art of blending creativity with effective application of technique to create masterpieces that infuse visual interest within a home decor.


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