When glass etching with stencils, you want to secure a good, firm bond with the glass. If there isnt a secure bond, then, during the etching process, etching cream can seep and bleed under the stencil, causing areas that you do not want etched, etched. This all is preventable and we offer some tips and techniques to prevent and mistakes or errors.
The number one thing to pay attention to is preparing the glass for etching. When we discus preparing glassware, we are referring to cleaning the glass to ensure that there are no loose particles that could inhibit the stencil adhering to the glass. It also refers to making sure that reusable Over N Over stencils are cleaned well.
One way, and the most reliable way, to clean your glass is to wash it completely by hand while using warm water and dish washing soap; then, let it air dry. Letting it air dry instead of patting it dry is preferable because no residue of the paper towel would be left on the glass. The other way you can clean glass, is with glass cleaners and paper towels. Try to use a paper towel with minimal breakage and debris. When applying glass cleaner and drying the glass, use a gentle hand so that you dont smudge your finger prints on the glass. You want the glass to be squeaky clean with no residue, glue from labels, fingerprint smudges, or excess glass cleaner and paper towels.
Also, make sure to wash your hands just as good as you would clean the glass because oils from your hand can prevent the stencils from adhering to the glass. Washing your hands takes away the oil on your hands.
Once your glass is perfectly clean, gently lift the stencil from the packaging and slowly press it down on the glass what using a gentle hand. Start form the center of the stencil and gradually press towards the edges of the stencils.
If the glass is curved, such as a wine glass, it may be challenging to center the stencil and to place it on the glass without stretching the stencil. Stretching the stencil is bad because it can warp the design, and the final etched product will be stretched out.
When pressing down, you can use a Popsicle stick to smooth out bubbles and wrinkles that can form when placing stencils on the glass This also allows for minimal touching on the glass, so that you don't get hand oils or fingerprints in regions you want etched.
Using a straightedge or a ruler, make marking on the glass and measure out the location of the of the end points of the stencil. In other words, measure with a ruler points on the glass where the stencil should go using a dry erase marker. Now, place the stencil on correctly prepared glass, centered, following the points you made to make sure it adheres correctly along curved glass.If more detail explanation for positioning designs and letters straight, check out Hot Tip 3, achieving straight lettering
Article Posted: 01/18/2022 10:45:27 PM