Etched Glass Globe

from week ending 5/23/99


This is a new passion of mine. I learned to etch last month while making a candle votive for my exchange partner, and I'm definitely hooked!


Smooth glass object (I used a 6" diameter, 5" tall globe)

Pattern of your choice (I used Ivy leaves from my back yard, traced them onto clear Shrink-it, and used them to trace around for my pattern.)

Armour Etch Glass Etching Cream

Craft Stick

Latex gloves

Exacto knife

Fine point permanent pen

Contact paper (I used clear, but colored is easier to see once the glass is etched.)


  1. Cut contact paper into strips, about 1" wide. Narrower is fine.

  2. Cover entire object with contact, running top to bottom, and stretching the contact slightly as you apply. If edges have puckers, cut into the raised area with an exacto knife and smooth the paper with your fingers.(Figure 1)

  3. Trace pattern onto contact with permanent pen.(Figure 2)

  4. CAREFULLY cut stencils with exacto knife, lifting and discarding desired areas. **To make your object easier to work on, place it on a folded kitchen towel.(Figure 3)

  5. Put on rubber gloves. Read instructions on etching cream fully before you begin. Etching cream will burn your skin, and you may not know it for a while. BE VERY CAREFUL.

  6. With craft stick, apply etching cream to cut out areas in a thick, smooth layer; let sit undisturbed for 5 - 10 minutes.

  7. Rinse under tepid running water, gently rubbing away cream until all traces are gone. Rinse again, rubbing entire surface lightly.

  8. Remove contact paper, rinsing as needed. (Some cream can stick to edges of cutouts. Be certain to rinse as you go. Remove gloves, and discard with paper.

  9. Once all paper has been removed, and your item is rinsed completely, dry well with a soft cloth.

  10. You can leave your globe empty, fill it with potpourri, or fill half way with water, and add a flower blossom or floating candle.

**This pattern idea can be reversed easily. Simply cut out all the leaves you need, and place them, as desired, on your item. Cut thin strips of contact, and use them for stems. Once etched, the leaves will be clear and the background etched. It may be easier to use an etching bath rather than cream for this proccess.


Figure 1


Figure 2


Figure 3


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