etching crème enables you to etch objects made of glass, mirror,
porcelain, ceramic, marble, and slate. Etchall® etching crème
evenly etches on large as well as small areas. Remember, etching
crème will permanently etch all glazed surfaces almost
immediately, so avoid letting crème touch any area you do not
want to etch, including porcelain sinks. Stainless steel sinks are
1. Clean glass or mirror surface.
Dry with lint-free paper towel or cloth.
2. Apply your own original stencil to the surface, or use an
etchall® etchmask pre-cut stencil. Follow directions on the
stencil package to apply stencil to surface. Use an etchall®
squeegee to rub down the stencil edges and to remove any air
bubbles. Be sure that all areas of glass not to be etched are
3. Apply a heavy coat of
etchall® etching crème to area of stencil where glass is not
exposed. Pouring the crème directly onto the glass could cause
irregular etching. Just as throwing a stone in a pond
creates ripples on the water, pouring the crème directly on the
design causes it to etch in a ripple-type pattern.
not use a brush, since brushes do not distribute the crème
thickly enough or evenly enough and can cause streaking.
4. Using the squeegee, pull crème over entire area to be etched
all at once. Gently pull the crème with the squeegee as if you
are icing a cake.
5. Leave crème on design for 15 minutes.
6. After time has elapsed, use the squeegee to return majority of
crème to etchall® container to be re-used.
7. Rinse etched surface well with water to remove any remaining
8. Remove stencil, wash and dry glass, and your design is
Cutting your own stencils
1. To make your own stencil, cut
etchall® etchmask paper 1" larger than surface to be etched.
Pull backing off with one hand while other hand is smoothing paper
down to surface with etchall® squeegee. Rub paper down slowly,
working the squeegee back and forth. Make sure the etchall®
etchmask paper has no wrinkles or air bubbles.
When you're satisfied that your pattern is smooth and tightly
pressed to the glass, make sure all areas of exposed glass, not to
be etched, are covered with etchmask paper. Pour a generous amount
of crème in corner of stencil where pattern is not exposed and
pull crème over entire design all at once with etchall®
squeegee. DO NOT USE A BRUSH! To get a sharp, even etch, make
sure patterns is fully covered and that crème goes beyond the cut
lines. Let stand 15 minutes. Do not remove etchall® crème once
it has been applied to surface.
2. Place traced tracing paper pattern on to etchall® etchmask
paper with graphite paper underneath. Retrace pattern.
NOTE: If you trace with a pencil and then retrace using a pen or
colored pencil, you will always be able to see if you traced all
3.Use etchall® squeegee to insure all edges are tight
against glass. With etchall® a swivel knife, cut design
out by running knife around edges of pattern, just as you traced
it. Always hold the knife straight up and down, using only the
tip. A light, but firm touch is all that is required, as you are
only cutting the etchall® etchmask paper. Cut an entire piece
without lifting your blade. By cutting this way you will never
have little tails on your pattern from starting and stopping.
Once you have a small piece entirely cut, make a small cut into
center, carefully slide straight knife into cut and lift this
CAUTION: Do not attempt to pick or gouge out individual pieces
from the side, as this destroys the sharp clean cut edge. It is
really quite easy once you get the technique going. Practice on
scrap of self-adhesive paper on an old jelly jar. Continue until
entire pattern has been cut out.
Place slick backing paper from etchall® etchmask paper over
design. Rub down all edges of pattern with etchall® squeegee.
Rub finger over surface to see if you feel any loose edges or
tails, particularly at sharp points, turns, or corners. If you
have any tails, carefully cut then away. This is a very important
step - if paper is not down tightly or your edges is not cut
smoothly - you could get a blurred and fuzzy etched image. Hold
glass up to light to see if there are any little patches of glue
that might be remaining on the glass surface from the
self-adhesive paper. Any adhesive substance remaining will affect
the consistency of the etching. Remove excess glue by rubbing off
with your finger tip. DO NOT, repeat DO NOT use any type of glass
cleaner at this step, it destroys the self-adhesive qualities of
5. When time has elapsed, pinch corner of etchmask paper to form a
trough. Scrape crème back into jar, using an etchall®
6. Rinse thoroughly under running water. Be carefully not to
allow any crème that is flushing off to run onto bare glass, as
this can streak of cloud your exposed glass. Peel off pattern by
running water between paper and glass. Dispose of used pattern.
Dry glass and now you have a lovely, permanently etched gift or
When using an etchall® easy to use stencil, remove backing paper
and apply to clean surface with squeegee as in step 3. Carefully
remove pre-mask protective cover form face of stencils. Continue
Steps 4 through 6.
Etching on rounded surfaces
etch on rounded surfaces, try to find objects that have as large a
surface as possible where you are going to apply the stencil.
Remember, you are working with a flat piece of vinyl. A good rule
of thumb is to take a piece of paper the size of your pattern, and
if you can lay it on the curved surface and the pattern part is
flat, it is a go! Small areas call for small patterns.
After the pattern is applied, cut four strips of self-adhesive
paper and form into a box around your pattern. This makes a small
well that will hold your etchall® etching crème while it etches
your piece. Crimp corners of paper inward to make a bowl effect.
Position piece on "cushion" like surface to keep object
from rolling. After the 15 minute processing time, pinch a
corner of the paper to make a funnel, and return the crème back
to the bottle for re-use. Rinse and dry your object.