Date: 03 Feb 2023
In this blog meeting, we will introduce you the Glass Engraving Paste - an attractive and interesting product, with which you achieve a beautiful, elegant and permanently engraved effect on a transparent glass surface. In the following lines, we will have fun together, focusing on the peculiarities of working with this interesting product, turning an ordinary transparent glass into a cool souvenir.
First, let's explain a little more about this product. Glass Etching Paste is a creamy, acid-based product used for chemical etching. When applied to a glass surface, the paste begins to react with the glass so that it takes away a small portion of the glossy surface and leaves behind a permanent, smooth matte mark that does not wash off. Here's another idea for an easy way to decorate wedding glasses or give a playful gift to a loved one.
So, let's roll up our sleeves and see how we can decorate our prosaic, transparent cups of liquid chocolate in a cool way - we will work with a template.
First, wash the glass container very well with detergent. Dry and degrease with alcohol . The glass surface must be almost sterile clean - you must not allow dust or greasy spots, as you will not achieve an even effect. It is advisable to cover the surface you will not be working on with tape to avoid accidental stains.
If you use the paste with stencil technique, you need to fix the stencil very well. You can use stencil glue, but an even better effect will be achieved with a self- adhesive stencil . If you are working on a round surface, it is especially important that the template fits really perfectly to ensure that you achieve a precise and detailed contour of the design.
Before starting work, be sure to put on gloves - gloves are included in the packaging of the paste. Do not use a metal tool - apply the product with a plastic or wooden spatula. Apply the paste through the template liberally and evenly.
The paste starts to react with the surface immediately. Leave it on for at least half an hour, but not less than 15 minutes. The product carries out a chemical reaction so that, in practice, it takes a very small part of the glossy surface of the glass.
After waiting the required time, rinse the container thoroughly under a strong stream of water without removing the template. Allow the water to wash away as much of the paste as possible, then wash the dish without using detergent or a sponge.
And - that's it - you now have your first, hand-engraved mug. The delicate glass relief has a matte, smooth layer, the result of a chemical reaction and cannot be removed. You can build an additional decoration on the engraved surface - you can paint with a universal contour or glass paints .
Until the next project, store the paste in a tightly closed container at room temperature - at cooler temperatures the product may crystallize, but this will not take away its ability to react. In this case, place the closed jar in warm water, wait for the crystals to melt and mix well. With longer storage, the paste may thicken, but do not dilute it with water, as it will lose its ability to react. Instead, stir well. In case of need – in case of accidental contact with the skin, for example – the paste can be neutralized with baking soda.