How To Acid-Etch Tea Lights – Step by Step

How  To Acid-Etch Tea Lights - Step by Step: Let me show you how I did it, in case you decide to play with dangerous chemicals on your own.

The bathroom needed something like that for that little corner. But, they were too simple, boring, cheap-looking, too transparent (all the accessories in the bathroom are frosted glass, including the mirror lights we installed). So I set out to change that, maybe do something a little more special.

I decided to acid-etch them to give them the same frosted finish as all the other accessories. Let me show you how I did it, in case you decide to play with dangerous chemicals on your own.

Click on the images to see a larger version and instructions.

I also wanted them to spell out a word. Choices that went through my head were, “hola”, “wash”, and well… not very many other words that can be used in polite company. But I also wanted a punctuation mark at the end, just because I like them!!!!!!!!!!!???????????? So I decided it was  going to be “hej!”, “hi!” in Danish (my husband is Danish, for those tuning in now).

How  To Acid-Etch Tea Lights - Step by Step: Let me show you how I did it, in case you decide to play with dangerous chemicals on your own.

And here they are, they look a lot better than before. And the lettering can be noticed better in person. It’s hard to photograph this.  They just look at home there.  And if one breaks imagine all the fun I’ll have trying to spell something with the remaining ones.

This method doesn’t work well on large items, so it’s better to do it the opposite way (cover everything but the shape you want to stand out. It will also have some blotching, now matter how careful you are. This is a defect on the glass itself.

These candleholders are not the first thing I etch, so I know my way around this. But if it is your first time, practice a little bit with something inexpensive before trying this on your grandma’s heirloom vase.

Be safe. And stay in school.

Aunt Clara

Comments

  1. Very cool! I came across your blog because I saw your makeover for your daughter's room on YHL, and I'm loving all your ideas! I've been wondering what to do with all my extra glass jars, and now I'm going to try this. Thanks!

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