Monday, April 11, 2011

Glass etched candle

Pin It So, today I am going to share one of my favorite projects with you.
Glass Etching
At the end of the blog I will show you how truly pretty this ended up.
I have glass etched before but I wanted to try a reverse look.
So this is how I started

A candle vase bought at Salvation Army for $1.00    1- Blank Vinyl Sheet bought at hobby lobby for $1.29
Armour Etch bought at hobby lobby (not sure of the price, since this is not my first project with it)
A paint brush
A stencil
Sharpe and Scissors
I started by tracing out the shapes I wanted with the stencil (I do not own a cutting machine so I did this all by hand)
After I was done tracing I went on to cutting the design out and placing them on the glass.

I made a starting point and just built on from there til it looked like this

Now keep in mind I am going for the reverse effect. The Armour Etch bottle warns about covering large areas but I did it anyways :) I did not want a frosted glass I was just looking to add some texture to it.
Apply the Armour Etch as directed
With your paint brush til it looks like this

Let sit for 10 minutes and wash away with warm water

Then peal away your vinyl and watch the glass transform

Now while I was on my 10 minute wait I decided to prep my candle to inside it

I had a plain ivory candle that I wanted to spruce up so I decided to paint it with Metallic Gold Folk Art Paint. It turned out perfect!

This is how pretty and absolutely perfect my etched candle turned out

I love the effect it has given my side table for a just a couple of dollars and about a hour of my time.

Soon I will share the trifle bowl I etched for my Mom for Christmas that was another fun project.

Hope everyone has a great day!

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  1. That is beautiful! I've never tried glass etching before...thank you for the tutorial!

    Visiting from Tip Junkie!

  2. Add this to the list of things you are making for me!!! :)

  3. Beautiful and I love how cost effective the whole project is....I am a huge bargain hunter. The shadow on the wall is phenomenal. Very creative!

  4. what material did you use for the stencils you cut out and how did you get them to stick to the glass?

    1. I purchased vinyl sticker sheets from Hobby Lobby. You find them in the model car area and they have letters etc. It is already sticky and very easy to cut.