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Designed by Patty Sepp

Etchall Design Team – August 2022

Thinking “Outside the Box” – Etched Window Panes

This is an example of something larger you may choose to etch!

About 5 years ago a friend from our church who did carpentry was working on remodeling a historic home in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. The crew was going to toss out some old windows. My friend remembered that I liked to repurpose items, so he asked me if I was interested in taking them. Of course, I said, “YES!’ I had no idea what to do with them, however. They were left in my shed for a long time and more than once my husband was going to put them out for trash pickup. However, I kept saying I’d like to do something with them someday, so they stayed in the shed.

Last Fall my husband unexpectedly passed of COVID. I decided to make a garden in his memory and for my healing in my backyard patio area. That was when I came up with the idea of etching those old glass window panes in the shed. (There were 2 that were not glass and I just put vinyl designs on them). I used a silhouette cutter to enlarge my patterns. All my patterns had a “garden” theme (except one which had a “patriotic” theme since my husband had served in the Air Force).

First, I cleaned the glass with alcohol. Then I tested them to see if they could take an etch by putting a dot in one corner. I measured the glass and decided what design I wanted to put on the window. I laid the window down on a card table and carefully applied the vinyl using a squeege to make sure there were no bubbles where the etching creme could possibly seep under. I covered the extra areas without vinyl with clear contact paper so no etching creme would accidentally etch the glass.

 

Here are the steps I used

Last Fall my husband unexpectedly passed of COVID. I decided to make a garden in his memory and for my healing in my backyard patio area. That was when I came up with the idea of etching those old glass window panes in the shed. (There were 2 that were not glass and I just put vinyl designs on them). I used a silhouette cutter to enlarge my patterns. All my patterns had a “garden” theme (except one which had a “patriotic” theme since my husband had served in the Air Force).

Put vinyl on the window and started to spread etching creme on it with a squeegee. I covered the whole design with etching creme (this photo just shows me starting to spread it).
Once the creme was applied I left it on for 15 minutes.  Then, I took off the creme and placed it back into the container to reuse.  I used a bucket nearby to rinse the windows with a cloth.  Then I removed the vinyl design and contact paper.

Wiped off the etching creme, removed the vinyl, and cleaned the glass.

Here is another window pane with a different design etched:

My son helped hang them up on my back patio area.  

Still working on getting plants/flowers, but here are the final results.  

Etched windows during day (above).

Etched windows at night (below).

I find it very peaceful to sit on the back patio in the morning and/or evening enjoying a “cup of happiness” in my new patio garden.  I hope this may give you some ideas using a different surface for etching.
Blessings, Patty Sepp

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