Choosing What to Etch
- Glass has grain like a tree. When choosing glass objects, hold up to the light and try to choose an unlined piece.
- Some Pyrex cannot be etched due to a high lead content. If in doubt of the “etchability” of an object, use a toothpick to apply a tiny dot of crème to the bottom of the piece. Wait 15 minutes, wash off, and examine.
- Colored glass can be etched, but some colorful items you find in stores are actually clear glass coated in colored plastic. Look through the bottom of the container to see if it is clear, in which case it is plastic and will not etch. If the color is solid the whole way through, it is colored glass and can be etched.
Bee Careful What You Etch – It only takes a second to make a spot!
Etching is permanent. It is not a coating, not a frosting, but irremovably eaten into the glass. Follow these tips to make sure that you only etch what you want to be etched!
- USE CAUTION with etchall® around household surfaces made of glass, mirror, marble, slate, and porcelain. This may include sinks, tubs, floor tiles, countertops, tabletops, etc.! When rinsing crème or dip in a porcelain sink, always flood with lots of water. Wipe accidental spillage immediately with a paper towel or sponge.
- Cover all glass on your project which you don’t want to etch with etchmask™, contact paper, or green auto tape.
- When working with glass, make sure to cover the back with etchmask™ or contact paper so as not to etch or get fingerprints on that side. Mirror backing is not affected by etchall®, so no need to cover it during etching.
- Never remove your stencil until the project is completely clean of all crème. Always remove under running water.
- Do not try to “spot” repair un-etched areas. Re-etch entire piece.
Taking Care of Your etchall®
- Do not store etchall® in different container. By law, etchall® must have the original formulation label at all times.
- Store etchall® etching crème and dip ‘n etch in 65-85°F (18-30°C) temperatures.
- Crème will darken with age or exposure to heat, from white to caramel to chocolate brown to black. The color of the product does not affect usability or performance; dark etchall® is still good etchall®!
- etchall® is a “honey” of a crème, and temperatures below 65°F (18°C) may cause the crème and dip to form crystals similar to what you’d see in a honey jar. If crystals are present, heat some water, take it off the stove, and place the closed container in it for several minutes, then stir with a plastic utensil until crystals dissolve.
- REMINDER: Remove the pan of water from the stove before placing your jar in the hot water!
- Don’t strain the crystals! What would come out is a very important chemical needed for the etching process.
- NEVER heat etchall® in a microwave.
- Crème will thicken and gel over time. Try the warming method above to make it more spreadable. If not, it will have to be discarded.
- Do not try to thin the crème. Water and other liquids will ruin the product.
- Do not mix old and new etchall® crème or dip. This will weaken the new product.
- Even though etchall® is re-usable, it will not last forever. After repeated use and exposure to the elements, it will lose its potency and need to be discarded. Lifespan varies depending on frequency of use and environment. If you are regularly using the products, we recommend that you replace your bottle yearly. Dispose of etchall® by nullifying with baking soda and water, then throw away.