Etch and Color a Jar

Etch and color a glass jar with etchall creme and DecoEarth.

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etched jar

The moment I saw this jar I knew I wanted to etch our initial onto the front of it. etchall creme made it so easy to do. It only takes 15 minutes to etch. I then found a great way to color the etching.

alcohol

Before working the surface you want to clean the glass. I used rubbing alcohol and a dry baby wipe to clean the glass.

vinyl

I designed and cut out vinyl on a Cricut Maker. Make sure to measure your area. Although this looks like a circle it isn’t perfectly round.

vinyl on jar

Then I transferred the vinyl to the front of the jar, ensuring the edges were smooth and sealed.

creme on jar

I applied a generous amount of etchall creme to the surface and set the alarm for 15 minutes.

remove creme

Then I removed the creme and returned it to the jar. etchall creme is reusable.

clear finished

After removing the etchall creme, wash the surface and remove and discard the vinyl.

deco earth

I wanted the etching to be more visible. I had a bottle of DecoEarth on my table so I applied it to the etching. I smoothed it on with my finger, and let it set for a moment or two.

yellow on jar

I removed the paint with a dry baby wipe while burnishing the color into the etching. I was surprised to see it remained on the etched surface.

yellow on jar

I don’t think all paint would work the same way. DecoEarth is made from reclaimed house paint, so its composition is different from other acrylic paints. I am happy with the results, this will be my go-to way to color etching in the future.

Let’s Etch a Decorative Jar

with etchall creme

finished jar

I have been saving this glass jar for a special project. I knew I wanted to etch the glass with etchall creme. But I wanted to do some decorative elements as well. I planned to use temporary tattoos on the etched glass. I have seen the technique and I like the results. But, it is easier said than done. I wasn’t successful. So I changed my plan and added glitter glue and I like this result better than my original plan.

clean with alcohol

Before starting any etching project, you want to clean your glass with rubbing alcohol. I keep mine in a little spray bottle for ease of use. The alcohol cleans off any dirt especially oils that can stop the glass from being etched.

vinyl

I cut two strips of vinyl and wrapped them around the jar to protect the areas I didn’t want to etch with the etching creme. The wrinkles don’t matter as long as they aren’t along the seam of the vinyl where the etching creme will come in contact with the vinyl.

Then I applied the etchall creme to the middle exposed area. I set my timer for 15 minutes. Once the time had passed, I removed as much of the etching creme as I could, and returned it to the jar. etchall creme is reusable and odorless.

etched jar

Remove the remaining etching creme by washing the glass, remove the vinyl, and discard it. The jar looks so nice with the etched band around the middle.

zazzle and stickles

To add a decoration on top of the etched area of the jar, I used crystal Zazz! and green Stickles.

close up

The center of the design is colored crystal with the green added around the outside similar to a flower or sun ray design. I continued this design element around the entire etched middle band.

How to Test Glass for Etching

etchall bottle

Whether you are enhancing glass for yourself, a gift, or from a thrifting haul take the time to test the glass. I have learned my lesson the hard way so I am sharing this etching tip with you. Before proceeding with a glass etching project, take the time to test your glass. You can test multiple pieces all at once. Doing so will save you so much time, money, and effort. The process is simple and in the end, you will be glad you did so.

My go to etching cream is etchall. It has no smell and it is reusable.

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Etching a Berry Jar

glass jar

This glass jar is etched with etchall creme and then decorated with Glaze pens and Gwen Studios ribbon. I bought the jar as a hanging jar from the Dollar Tree. I planned to etch it and add an electric candle (as seen). Upon completion, I think it would look nice filled with candy or round balls of white soap for the bath. (I wish I had some)

alcohol

Before working with the jar, remove the label and clean the glass with rubbing alcohol. If you don’t have any rubbing alcohol you can substitute hand sanitizer.

cut vinyl

I measured around the jar and designed the holly berry design to wrap around the jar. Weed away the design you want to etch and leave enough vinyl to protect the glass.

with creme applied

After the vinyl is applied and rubbed down well with no air bubbles, apply the etchall creme. It takes 15 minutes to etch the glass. Then remove the etchall creme putting it back into the container.

etched jar

The next step is to wash the glass and remove the vinyl. I do so by using a baby wipe to clean the glass, remove the vinyl, and finish off by cleaning again with rubbing alcohol.

glaze pens

I have recently been experimenting with different ways to color my glass etching. For this project, I am using Glaze 3D glossy pens in red and green. Glaze pens work on glass and you don’t need to etch the glass however I think the pens add to the etching.

close up of jar

The mark made by the pens is small. I chose to color the berries in solid and add a stylized line art to the leaves. The Glaze pens leave a glossy raised surface on the glass.

inside view

This is a fun inside view of the finished jar. I like how the colors are seen on the inside and outside of the jar.

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Etching a Glass Pitcher

pitcher

When I saw this glass pitcher at Aldi’s I thought it would look lovely with a band of different etched leaves around the bottom. So I bought it and proceeded to etch the pitcher.

leaves

I cut out a variety of different leaf silhouettes and weeded away the leaves. If you would like this SVG file, it is available for free in my store here: [leaves]

transfer tape

The next step was to prepare the leaf silhouettes with transfer tape.

vinyl on glass

I removed the labels from the pitcher and cleaned the surface with rubbing alcohol before placing the leaves around the bottom of the pitcher.

etchall creme

etchall creme was applied to the vinyl leaf design and I waited 15 minutes for the glass to etch.

pitcher no etch

After cleaning off the etching creme and removing the vinyl, the glass wasn’t etched. I have never had this happen before so I looked into it further.

glass that doesn't etch

Different kinds of glass don’t etch or don’t etch well. This can happen with cremes and sandblasting.

Borosilicate
Cremes will not work on all types of borosilicate glass. Borosilicate glass is a highly durable glass material made from silica sands and boron trioxide used to withstand incredibly high temperatures.

Tempered Glass
The only type of glass that should not be etched is tempered glass. Tempered glass has been heat-treated in a way that creates great tension within.

Pyrex
I’ve heard that older Pyrex casserole dishes, like those made before 1998 are harder to etch or don’t etch. But most of the Pyrex casserole dishes sold in the U.S. since then etch just as well as any other sort of glass. 

Vintage Glass
I have also heard that vintage glassware doesn’t etch with creme.

So what do you do?
Do the “toothpick ” test on items. This would have saved me a lot of time and process. From now on, before moving forward, I will always test my glass pieces by applying a small dab of etching creme onto the bottom of the glass piece to see if it will etch. My lesson was learned, and I hope this post saves you some time as well.

How to Etch a Candy Dish

You can etch glass at home with etchall creme. See how easy it can be with simple materials and tools. @etchallcreme

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candy dish

Etch a colorful candy dish with etchall creme is quick and easy. No need for a cutting machine, just a paper punch in your desired shape. I am using a circle punch with vinyl scraps and finishing it off with buffing wax.

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alcohol cleaning

Before starting any etching project, you will want to clean the glass surface you will be etching. I am using 91% Isopropyl Alcohol.

vinyl

This is a great project to use up your smaller pieces of vinyl. I used a paper punch to create the circle templates that I intend to etch onto the glass dish. Don’t forget to save those punched circles for another craft project!

etchall creme

Apply the vinyl to the glass dish just like you would a sticker, no transfer tape is needed. Fill in any gaps that might get etching creme on them with additional vinyl. Apply the etching creme to the circles and set a time for 15 minutes.

  • I like to set my timer for 7 minutes and then move the etching creme around to make sure all the surfaces are covered and then set the timer for an additional 7 minutes
remove creme

To wrap up, remove the excess creme from your project and return it to the container. etchall etching creme is reusable.

Wash the glass in running water, and remove the vinyl.

• I use a baby wipe and then rubbing alcohol instead of running water.

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Etching a Butter Dish

How to update vintage glassware with etchall etching creme. @etchallcreme #affiliate

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butter dish

I found this vintage butter dish at our local thrift store. We keep our butter out on our kitchen counter, which keeps the butter always soft and ready to use. I chose to update the butter dish by etching the word “butter” on the side of the cover. It was really easy to do with etchall etching creme.

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clear dish

I measured the side of the dish so that my design would fit well in the space. The top was rounded and too small to carry the wording. I marked the center of the dish with a permanent marker after I cleaned the glass with rubbing alcohol.

cricut joy

Designing the text and graphic first in Adobe Illustrator, I then sent the SVG file to Cricut Design Space and cut the vinyl on a Cricut Joy.

weeded vinyl

Here you can see the vinyl on a transfer sheet with the letters and design weeded away. I folded the design down the middle so that it could be aligned easily with the marks I made on the glass dish.

creme on glass

After placing the vinyl on the glass butter dish and making sure it was rubbed down well, I applied the etchall creme. Setting a timer for 7 minutes, I then moved the creme around and set the timer again for 7 minutes. This allows me to make sure I have covered all the areas. The total etching time is 15 minutes.

cleaning

The final step is to clean the piece under running water and remove the vinyl. Doing this process a bit differently, I remove the creme and place it back into the container because the etching creme is reusable. Then I clean off the piece with a baby wipe. After removing the vinyl I clean the glass with rubbing alcohol, and then I buff the design with a clean cloth.

Etching a Jewelry Dish

Make a lovely jewelry dish gift for Mother’s Day by up-cycling a glass dish and etching it with etchall. #etchallcreme #upcycle #tutorial

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jewelry dish

I found this glass piece at my local Goodwill store. It might have been a coaster but there was only one. I thought it would make for a nice jewelry dish after I enhanced it with etchall etching creme.

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alcohol

The first step is to remove the price label and clean the glass with rubbing alcohol.

cricut

After measuring the piece and adjusting the size of my design, I cut vinyl on a Cricut Maker.

weeded design

I weeded the design and centered it on the back of the dish. It would work on the inside as well.

etching creme

After I made sure the design was well attached, I covered the design with etchall etching creme. It only takes 15 minutes to etch the glass and the creme is reusable.

dish at an angle

After removing the used etching creme, wash the glass and discard the vinyl.

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closeup

In the close-up image, check out the clarity of the smallest lines in the design.

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Glass Etch a Popcorn Seasoning Bottle

Etch a popcorn seasoning bottle with Etchall Creme and grab the free svg and recipe. #affiliate @etchallcreme

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etched bottle

I can’t believe how well etchall etches the smallest details. I am making a shaker jar for popcorn seasoning and I etched the wording onto the glass. The word popcorn has the first “o” replaced with a piece of popcorn that has the smallest outline and it etched perfectly!

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cricut joy

When cutting smaller pieces of vinyl, I like to use my Cricut Joy. It can sit right on my craft table. While the vinyl is cutting, clean the glass jar with rubbing alcohol to remove any dirt or grease.

If you would like to use the SVG I created, it is available for free in the store [popcorn seasoning]

transfer tape

After weeding away the type, I applied transfer tape and burnished it down well with my thumb. Be extra careful of all the small pieces. The full size of the image is only 2″ across so those letter centers and the dot on the i are very small.

ready to etch

The jar is ready to etch. I like using inexpensive paint brushes to apply the etchall creme. I apply the creme and set a timer for 15 minutes. That’s all it takes to etch the glass.

remove vinyl

After the 15 minutes pass, I remove the etchall creme and return it to its container because it is reusable. For small projects like this, I just clean off any remaining creme with a baby wipe. In the image above I am removing the vinyl. After all the vinyl is removed and discarded, I once again clean the etching with a baby wipe and then follow up with rubbing alcohol. I find burnishing the etched image with a dry cloth really enhances the image.

The popcorn seasoning is a homemade mixture, it’s sweet n salty. The ingredient measurements below are perfect for filling this bottle.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp of sugar
  • 2 Tbsp of brown sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp salt

Mix it well and place it into the bottle.

with popcorn

After making microwave air-popped popcorn, I pour a bit of melted butter and finish off with the popcorn seasoning.

This would make such a cute and easy gift. Combine the seasoning jar with some Amish popcorn kernels and a cute bowl. I bet anyone would appreciate this delicious gift.

How to Etch a Candle

Learn how to turn a dollar tree candle into a beautiful gift with Etchall Creme.

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finished candle

Grab a candle and some ribbon from the Dollar Tree and make a beautiful etched candle using Etchall Creme. Such a simple idea makes for an elegant finished product and an affordable gift any time of the year.

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Process:

rubbing alcohol

Remove all the labels from the glass and clean it with rubbing alcohol. The higher the content of alcohol the better. In a pinch, you can use hand sanitizer to clean with.

Cricut Joy

For the size of this project, I was able to cut the vinyl on a Cricut Joy. I used a free design and font in the design program for the Vinyl Sticker design. (Leaf Embellishment #M3A9A159F) If you don’t have a cutting machine you can cut vinyl by hand or use a paper punch design.

cut vinyl

After the cut is finished, weed away the design.

apply vinyl

When I apply vinyl, I fold the vinyl in half to mark the middle. Then I apply it to the candle, middle first, and smooth it out from there. Wrinkles in the vinyl are OK as long as the design is smooth and sealed against the glass.

applied creme

Apply the etching creme generously to the design. Let it sit for 15 minutes. Then remove the creme and replace it in the jar to use again. Wash the design and remove the vinyl. I use a baby wipe when the design is small enough and then clean the glass with rubbing alcohol.

finished etching

Here is the result of the etching.

ribbon and wax

To finish off the look of the candle, I applied rubbing wax to the design in silver to enhance the design and wrapped a coordinating ribbon around the neck of the glass container.

finished

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