I used to see glass etching as something well beyond my craft expertise level. That is, until I discovered Armor Etch and realized it’s actually one of the easiest DIY activities you can do!
Looking to give it a try? Here’s a simple and sweet project: etched monogram wine glasses! (Champagne flutes would work nicely too.)
- Electronic cutting machine — I used my Cricut
- Cutting machine design tool— I used Cricut Craft Room
- Font cartridge of choice — I used Storybook
- Wine glasses or champagne flutes
- Wall vinyl
- Armour Etch etching cream
- Masking tape
- Soft bristle brush
- Gloves & protective eye wear for safety
1. Use your cutting machine design tool to create your monogram of choice.
2. Load up your mat with your vinyl, and cut. You’ll want to do a “kiss cut” so you don’t cut through the backing of the vinyl. For me, the settings that worked best were:
- Blade depth: 3
- Speed: 3
- Pressure: 2
3. Peel off your new stencil, and carefully place it on your glass. There will likely be bubbles since the glass is curved; just be sure none of the bubbles touch your letters — you don’t want the etching cream to get underneath.
4. Place masking tape around the edges, as Armour Etch tends to drip a little.
5. Put on your protective gloves and eyewear. Once you see what Armour Etch does to glass, you’ll understand why safety is really required in this project!
6. With a soft bristle brush, apply a thick layer of Armour Etch over entire stencil design so you can’t see your design through the etch cream.
7. Leave Armour Etch on stencil for 1 minute, then wash off under running water until all visible signs of the etch cream are gone.
8. Remove all of the masking tape from the glass and then remove your stencil. Rinse glass under running water to remove any remaining residue.
9. Clean with glass cleaner, and your new etched monogram will appear when glass is dry.
10. Pop a bottle of wine or champagne and toast to your beautiful new glasses!