How Do You Etch Glass With Sand?

How Do You Etch Glass With Sand?
Anyone Know?

  1. Cat
    on November 30th, -0001

  2. DTrain
    on November 30th, -0001

    Stenciling After that, etching glass will sound exceedingly simple – and actually, it is. … For real depth, you want to use sand blasting to create the etched effect …
    http://www.suite101.com/lesson.cfm/17418/972/7 – 24k

  3. Carol
    on July 2nd, 2012

    Feb06Kelly Oh, the original patertn? I have been developing patertns made from skeleton leaves from my garden for a few years now. If you look in the original picture, you’ll see the actual leaf used. This is a cottonwood leaf found in my garden. I scan it in photoshop, crop and duplicate, etc. . . The actual laser cutting for the small piece of wood took somewhere under 20 minutes. But, next steps are tweaking! I can scan it twice, deeper, all sorts of variables to get a deeper or more dramtic etch! I’m totally a kid with a new toy.

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How Do You Etch Glass With Sand?

Anyone Know?

  1. Kevin
    on November 30th, -0001

    huh!

  2. StarGirl
    on November 30th, -0001

    Usually hydofluoric acid (HF) is used to etch glass. The design is masked with wax. This is not something for the DIYer.

  3. Connie
    on November 30th, -0001

    I think that sand has to be shot through a sand blaster to etch. If you go to your craft store they have a etching cream that works really well.

  4. Cat
    on November 30th, -0001

    Use a sand blaster. Mask off the areas you do not want etched and use the blaster to do the work. You can make some neat stuff that way.

  5. Mitch
    on November 30th, -0001

    Incorrectly.

  6. Jake
    on November 30th, -0001

    People have been sandblasting glass practically since the first sand blasters became available.

    Hydrofluoric acid will work but you don’t get that nice etched appearance (and it’s really nasty stuff to work with)….find or rent a sand blaster. You need to use a rather fine quartz sand (you’ll have to do a bit of research) correct power on blaster (of course any good sandblaster will let you adjust the strength of the (for last of a better word) Blast.

    I believe most use just a heavy masking tape..put a pattern over it and start cutting and peeling…better check on this to…to much power at the edge and your going to cut through tape and get a fuzzy edge.
    I’ve watched guys do it and always wanted to do it for the house I’ve always wanted to build…

    But the basic principle is rather simple…certainly you are going to want to experiment before you start sand blasting that 4 x 8 masterpiece…….but go for it and if you really want that Empire State building foyer art deco look..forget the acid!!!

    I love some of the answers (not for the DIYer) What was she born
    with a containner of hydrofloric acid in her hand? Everybody is a DIYer until they learn..Sounds like one answerer does it. You might just e-mail him and ask where to get sand and what to use for mask (I swear they just use masking tape..could be wrong).
    I bet eBay sells all the supplies you need……
    Good Luck

    Master Quark

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