I love collecting new dishes and glasses. I’ll blame it on being a sometimes food blogger. You need a variety of props for your photos, right? If I’m being totally honest, though, it’s probably related to my love of shopping and collecting anything for the kitchen.I picked up this glass pitcher on a clearance rack ages ago. I was planning to etch it from the time it was purchased-I just hadn’t quite figured out what I was going to etch yet. When you want to etch glass, the first step is making sure you start with a squeaky clean surface. Finish® Max in 1™ takes care of that. The formula’s Glass Protect Action helps prevent glass corrosion, protecting your glasses wash after wash.With your pitcher nice and clean, the next step is applying the stencil. I was able to cut my own with my Silhouette. If you don’t have a digital cutter, no worries. Just find someone who sells vinyl monograms and order one! Make sure when you place the order that you make it clear that you want the outside vinyl, not the monogram itself. Unfortunately, you can’t get both-the process of removing the monogram to create the stencil will typically ruin it. You can usually order a monogram this size from between $1 and $2. If you’re looking for a single letter, check for etching stencils at your local craft store.
Once you’ve applied the stencil, it’s time to add the etching cream. Apply a thick and even coat of the cream to your pitcher. A bristle or foam brush will work. Carefully avoid getting the cream on any parts of the glass you don’t plan to etch. If your stencil is too small, add extra coverage with painting tape.
The package of your etching cream will have a recommended time that you should allow it to set. I typically allow twice that time to ensure thorough etching. After your etching process is complete, rinse your pitcher in cold water.