How to Etch Mirrors

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We all want to make our homes a bit more attractive and unique in your own style. Simple projects like etching a mirror will cost under $20 and will not only make your home a bit more personal but will make you feel good in the process. Take a simple rectangular mirror any size and make it into a work of art by a simple etching technique. Here is how it is done

Things You'll Need

  • Window cleaner
  • Tracing paper
  • Transfer paper
  • Craft knife
  • Adhesive shelving
  • Pre-cut stencil, or you can make your own design
  • Masking tape
  • Armour Etch Glass Etching Cream (from a craft store)
  • Rubber gloves
  • Protective goggles
  • Remove the mirror from its frame, and place it faceup on the table. Put the frame aside you will need to reassemble the mirror after the etching has been completed. Gather your supplies together so that they are in easy access to your working area. You will have your tracing paper, transfer paper; pre-cut stencil or one of your own designs in easy reach.

  • Clean your mirror thoroughly by using your spray window cleaner with a clean white cloth and clean off the mirror so that it is free of all dust, dirt or smudges. You will want to work on a clean surface.

  • Place the transfer paper facedown over the paper backing of the adhesive shelving. Tape the pattern on top and trace the shaded areas into the backing. Repeat your pre-cut or hand-drawn design four times, once for each corner of your mirror. Cut the stencil through all the layers of the adhesive with the craft knife.

  • Tape the patterns on each corner of the mirror. Ensure that you leave a border of the vinyl around the outer edges. Peel off the paper backing of the cut stencil and smooth the stencil onto the mirror.

  • Prior to applying the Armour Etch Glass Etching Cream, put on a long-sleeved shirt, gloves and protective goggles. You do not want to run the risk of having the Etching Cream splash in your eyes, or get on your arms or your face.

  • Apply the Armour Etch Glass Etching Cream to the stenciled area, following the manufacturer's directions.

  • Allow the cream to dry for at least five to ten minutes. After the cream has dried completely wash off all traces of the cream with water and remove the stencil.

  • Put the mirror back in the frame and hang it. Enjoy this great etched look and let your friends wonder where you found this great bargain.

Tips & Warnings

  • Care needs to be taken whenever using chemicals, so wear goggles and protective clothing as precautions.

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