I love to give and receive handmade gifts. A few years ago I was given a set of wine glasses that were frosted with my initials on them, I couldn't believe my friend had actually MADE them. Immediately I knew I wanted to try it out for myself. The magic is in the etching cream. Once it's applied to the glass a chemical reaction frosts the glass and within 10 minutes the job is done! (Thanks for the tips Schmidt ladies!!)
I've now etched quite a few wine glasses and can honestly say it is a great craft for all levels of craftyness. It was my friend Chrisanne's birthday last week and to celebrate I broke out the etching cream from my craft drawer to make her some wine glasses. **Please be very careful when working with the etching cream. This is a powerful chemical. Plastic gloves should be warn and you should avoid contact with your skin. I would not suggest this craft for children.
Wine Glasses (any style of glass works)
Glass Etching Cream (I used Armour Etch, you can find it at most craft stores)
Small Foam Paint Brush
Stencil or stickers to make your pattern (I use scrap booking stickers)
1. Clean glasses with glass cleaner to get off all dirt and oils.
2. Attach stickers or vinyl stencil to wine glasses. If you are using stickers like I did, the entire glass will be frosted around the outline of the stickers. If you want to keep the main glass clear and have the Monogram frosted, you'll need some sort of a letter stencil to stick onto theglass. Make sure they are completely sealed and stuck on the glass good, you don't want any of the cream to get under.
If you want the to keep the stem clear, wrap some tape around the stem at the base of the glass. See picture.
3. Using the foam brush, apply a even thick coat of the etching cream to the outside of the glasses, first brushing up and down and then left to right. Leave the cream on the glasses for about 10 minutes.
4. Rinse the glasses off with tap water (making sure to remove all traces of the etching cream), and remove your stickers. THAT'S IT!