Tuesday, January 26, 2010

DIY: Glass Etching with a Dremel

I've been dreaming about etching glass bottles for a long time now ever since I saw this great DIY post about etching spice jars on Design*Sponge. BUT, their DIY how-to said to use the glass etching cream, and after I read the ingredients and warnings on a bottle in the craft store, I just couldn't bring myself to do it! I just kept thinking about all those chemicals and how they were produced and then what I'd be inhaling if I used them. I even searched for more environmentally friendly versions of the cream or other ways to etch, but couldn't find any until this week. Finally a non-toxic way to etch glass! Via Threadbanger, one of their readers posted some pictures on a forum of glass etched jars and glasses.

jadeTiger used a dremel tool with a diamond wheel point, which is perfect for engraving and can be used on wood, jade, ceramic, glass, hardened steel, semi-precious stones and other hard materials. I'm really looking forward to trying this DIY out now that we have a Dremel!
What You Need
Step By Step
  1. Tape pattern or drawing you want to copy inside of the glass. You could also do this all freehand if you have a steady hand and some drawing skills. 
  2. Cover face with mask so you don't breath in the fine glass particles. Don your safety glasses.
  3. Turn on Dremel and follow pattern inside glass.
  4. Repeat as needed for jars or glasses.
Via Threadbanger
Photos by jadeTiger