How to Etch Glass by Sandblasting

Glass etching is a centuries old method of imprinting images on glass. One way to do it is by sandblasting. Sandblasting allows more variation with the use of different sand coarseness, depth blasting and gives the finished product a richer textured appearance.

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Remember that the main idea is to cover the area not to be etched and expose the area to be etched.


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    Take a piece of glass out of an old picture frame to start with.
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    Apply a vinyl adhesive masking to the glass, being careful not to leave any air bubbles trapped underneath. The vinyl adhesive should be of the removable variety. A good material to start with is clear contact paper.
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    Lay the glass on top of the design you want to etch. Use a black and white image.
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    Cut around all the edges where the black meets the white with an exact-o knife.
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    Peel the area to be etched.
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    Now you are ready to sandblast.
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