Etching cream is used to make etched designs on many different types of glasses, including wine glasses. If you’re looking to make your own custom wine glass, it’s important to know how to use etching cream on the glass without damaging it or making a mistake that ruins the end result.
In this article, we’ll give you 9 simple steps on how to use etching cream on your wine glass and create an etched design you’ll be proud of!
Step 1: Clean the glass
Start by cleaning your glass with a cloth and soapy water. This will remove any dust or particles that may prevent a clean design. As an added bonus, it’ll leave you with a nice shiny surface to work with! You can also choose to use some glass cleaner or vinegar to give your wine glass that extra shine.
Note: If you are using etching cream on an engraved wine glass, make sure not to put any kind of abrasive substance in order for it to avoid scratching off whatever has already been etched on.
Step 2: Soak in warm water
After you’ve etched a few times, your wine glass will become dull or begin to etch unevenly. You’ll notice streaks and notches in your design. This is because hardened etching cream can be difficult to remove when it becomes clogged in parts of your design.
Soak your wine glass in warm water to help dissolve any remaining cream and avoid future problems with uneven etching.
Step 3: Apply etching cream
Gently apply a layer of etching cream on glass with a paintbrush. Be sure to do one small section at a time so you can work on getting even coverage and proper ventilation, as well as avoid accidentally getting any cream in your eyes.
Allow each layer to dry before applying another layer. This can take 30 minutes to several hours depending on how many layers you use, so it’s important that you give yourself plenty of time to let it dry completely.
Also, remember that using more layers will make for a deeper etch, but also takes longer to dry. Three or four layers is often enough for most projects, but if you want something more detailed then plan accordingly!
Step 4: Remove excess cream with a napkin
After applying a small amount of cream to your wine glass, use a napkin to rub it over. This will take off any excess and make for a smoother etch. Just be sure not to rub too hard or you could scratch your glass.
And resist wiping it with water—it’s very important that you don’t wash your etched glass before you use it! That will erase all of your hard work. You can repeat steps 2-4 if necessary until there are no visible bubbles left in your glass (this might not always be necessary).
Remember, however, that different glasses require different levels of application, so feel free to adjust accordingly. This is why we recommend using a test piece first!
Step 5: Let dry for 30 minutes
Do not skip drying your design. If you do, you run a very high risk of smudging it when you apply heat for finalization in step 8. For example, we use a fan to speed up drying time and ensure good results. Here is what one of our etched wine glasses looks like after 30 minutes of air-drying
Step 6: Wash off excess cream with soap and water.
After you let it sit for a few minutes, take a wet washcloth and gently rub it in a circular motion on your glass to remove any excess cream.
If any residue remains, use another washcloth to remove that as well. Just be careful not to scrub too hard; you don’t want to scratch your glass! Repeat with cold water until no more suds appear. Wash again with hot water.
Step 7: Rinse until clear of product residue.
Rinse off wine glass. Rinse, rinse, rinse… This product may be designed to remove your personal information from glassware, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t some sort of residue left behind. You don’t want to ingest chemicals that may or may not cause you harm.
Do yourself a favor and thoroughly rinse until no etching cream remains. If any is leftover on your glass it will continue to wear away at your pattern, meaning you could lose what you worked so hard for in step 6!
Step 8: If desired, repeat steps above on alternate wine glasses.
If desired, repeat steps above on alternate wine glasses. Using a soft cloth, rinse out etched glasses to remove any cream residue. Dry your glasses thoroughly before using. Enjoy! : If desired, repeat steps above on alternate wine glasses.: If desired, repeat steps above on alternate wine glasses.
Using a soft cloth, rinse out etched glasses to remove any cream residue. Dry your glasses thoroughly before using. Enjoy!
Now that you’ve etched wine glasses, it’s time to enjoy your handiwork! Pour yourself a glass of wine and take a moment to admire your hard work. Sip slowly, then repeat steps 1-8. Maybe add an extra swirl or two while you’re at it. Cheers!