Inspired about two months ago to etch glass with a dremel tool, I finally found the time and the right bit to sit down and attempt the project. Glass etching with a dremel tool is certainly not an exact science, but is fairly enjoyable, if you're into that sort of thing. Before I ventured into creating my own designs, I just wanted to see how well it worked, so I grabbed a book off my shelves and went to a favorite Hokusai print, Under the Wave off Kanagawa, and then etched away. Read on to see how I did it.
What You Need
- Protective eyewear
- Face mask or scarf
- Dremel tool with diamond wheel point (and appropriate collet for the tip)
- Old Glass jar
- Drawing or picture to copy
Step By Step
1. Put on face mask and eyewear to protect yourself from the dust created from etching the glass.
2. Take the copy or drawing and cut down to size in order to fit inside the jar. Then tape into place.
3. Use the dremel tool to etch the glass following the lines of the drawing. Brush away the dust created in order to see what else needs to be cut away. You may want to experiment with the speed of the dremel to see how it works best. The intricateness of the design will determine how long it takes you. It's challenging to follow the lines exactly, so I was really going for more of the general "look" than an exact replica.
4. When you're done, make sure to wash the jar before storing any food in it.
Because the dremel tool and the diamond wheel tip result in such a fine line, etching designs with big blocks of space may not result in the look you want. I'm inclined to think small designs are more appropriate for this technique. Next time, I'm going to try drawing my own designs on the jar with a permanent marker and cut away the markings. We'll see if that works any better.
See my previous post on DIY glass etching.