Etching cream is a fast acting cream specially formulated for glassware compound that lets you create permanent etched designs on windows, mirrors and household glassware. You can also create your own custom glass etching. This etching system enables anyone to personalize and decorate glass or mirrors in minutes with no previous experience because this cream can be applied directly to any piece of glassware to create a piece of etched glass. You will just need the cream, a piece of glass, a stencil and a pair of latex gloves. But do not let your children to do it because it can irritate the skin and cause other problems. Etching cream has found in 1920 when manufacturers began using the process to produce inexpensive, decorative glassware for consumers.
Etching cream is a widely used process for crafts to easily personalize your glassware, porcelain or ceramic. It is fairly inexpensive. The cream has a diluted mixture of chemicals which eats or etches the surface of the glass very lightly. The mixture is comprised of the hazardous chemicals: Barium Sulfate, Sulfuric Acid, Sodium Bifluoride, and Ammonium Bifluoride. That is why you cannot find etching cream in most regular store. It is used mostly for etching designs into glass cups and wine glasses, but can be used for many other things also. The bad thing about using etching cream is it should not be used for large surfaces such as a glass shower door because the cream will sometimes inconsistently etch the glass. It is best to etch larger surfaces with a sandblaster or bath etches.
One of the most important parts of the etching will be making a stencil that you want. This can be done two ways, one way is to make a pattern on a tracing paper and then cut it out. The second way is to find a pattern on the computer and print it out. You can cut the print out along the lines and use this for your pattern. Once the pattern is ready, it has to be glued down properly so it doesn't move while you etch. To use etching cream, place the stencil or design against the crystal surface. Secure the cream into place using tape or glue. Trace the design into the crystal using your knife. Remove the stencil and clean the crystal thoroughly. The etching cream fills the space in the crystal created by the cuts, so that the lines will be visible. When selecting a project to use etching cream, think about the design, complexity, crystal structural strength, and time required. This type of craft is very manual, providing creative opportunities for skilled artisans. You can etch anything ranging from wine bottles, windows, candy bowls, glass doors etc.
You can use etching cream to create delicate designs on your wine glasses and other glassware. There’s no limit to what kind of glass you can apply on, and you can use etching cream to experiment with a variety of techniques. You can make figurines or create detailed designs in glassware, not to mention making your own personalized glass ornaments, nameplates or custom mirrors. You can also use acrylic paints to add a dash of color in your glass etchings.
Etching cream enables you to etch objects made of glass, mirror, porcelain, ceramic, marble, and slate. Etching cream evenly etches on large as well as small areas. Remember, etching cream will permanently etch all glazed surfaces almost immediately, so avoid letting the cream touch any area you do not want to etch, including porcelain sinks. Stainless steel sinks are preferred. Glass etching fumes are not good to breathe in and hence should be done in a well ventilated area. It is harder to etch glass objects that taper.