If you have been reading this blog for awhile, you know I participate in DecoArt's Blogger Outreach Program. I enjoy trying their products and using them for my projects! Recently, they sent me one of their newest products...Easy Etch. I have never used an etching product before and was excited to try it! This permanently etches glass, mirrors, and glazed surfaces. I had a very simple project in mind for Halloween, and started with this big old jar...
You can mask off patterning areas with tape or use an adhesive back stencil. DecoArt has them, as well as other companies. I used an adhesive back, made-for-glass stencil of a skull. I cleaned the glass well...wipe the area with alcohol. Then I applied
the stencil and masked off the edges with tape
to protect the glass you don't want etched...
The Easy Etch does not use hydrofluoric acid, which is found in most other etching products, and is very low odor. However, you do need to protect your skin, so it shouldn't be used by children. It is made in the USA and comes in 2 oz and 4 oz bottles.
I used gloves to protect my skin, and spread a thick coat of the cream over the stencil. You can use a palette knife...I just used a wooden stick (tongue depressor). The Easy Etch is thick, yet creamy...and easy to spread.
I let it sit for 15 minutes, and then scraped the cream off and put it back into the container...yes, it is REUSABLE...so it reduces waste! Then, I rinsed the glass jar with water in our fiberglass laundry tub. You should use a fiberglass or stainless steel tub...you don't want it etching your glazed or natural stone sinks. After rinsing, I removed the tape and stencil and rinsed with water again.
Like magic, I have this fun skull etched on to the jar! Easy Etch gives a frosted, white, matte surface that won't fade, chip, or discolor. It is permanent, dishwasher safe or it can be cleaned with any household glass cleaner, and is for indoor and outdoor use.
It's not for use on plastic, color coated glass,
some Pyrex, or high-lead content glass.
I had never done a project like this before...and it was so fun and easy. DecoArt had a hint to use a fine-tip writer bottle to add intricate details and elements to projects...I can't wait to try making some more things! You can check out the Easy Etch information page for lots of project ideas and user info.
DecoArt provided me with product to review...
all opinions and the fun were mine! Thank you DecoArt!
I am joining~
Until next time...