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tutorial:: etching a mirror.

It was just the beginning of redecorating the downstairs bathroom and I already hit a snag. I was planning on replacing the run of the mill mirror with a framed ornate mirror. Well… the mirror is glued to the wall! I don’t want to risk damage to the wall, just yet, so I’m going to try and make it work. And if it doesn’t… I guess there’s always the sledge hammer!

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Nothing special about this beveled mirror.

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Cover the intended area with clear contact paper.

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Draw your design directly onto the contact paper with permanent marker. If you are not comfortable freehand, you could trace an image onto the contact paper before applying it to the mirror. Simply place the design on a window with the sunlight shining through. Place the contact paper ,with backing still intact ,on top of the design and tape it down. This will allow you to see what you are tracing.

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Cut out your design with a craft knife. It is much easier than it sounds. The knife glides so much smoother on the glass than it does on paper. After you are happy with your design, gather your remaining materials. I can’t stress enough how important safety is with this project. This cream eats glass! Don’t take any chances. Latex rubber gloves are no defense against this acid based cream. I used my husband’s work gloves. Don’t forget about eye safety gear!! I also kept regular baking soda handy. It will neutralize the acid if it gets on anything. ( I had to put some on the faucet handles because I dripped!)

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Use your manufacturer’s instructions to apply the cream to your design. I used a simple paintbrush to apply. Make sure to evenly coat the design. After this step there is no going back! Watch for drips! After the indicated amount of time, rinse the mirror with water. Leave the contact paper on until it is all rinsed. I kept my gloves on to rinse the mirror using a washcloth. And then I threw all materials into a grocery sack and into the trash. PLEASE BE CAREFUL! I don’t mean to be a freak about it. Nothing happened to me, but these are harsh chemicals we’re dealing with.

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Ta Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!  What do you think?

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8 thoughts on “tutorial:: etching a mirror.

  1. Wow Cindy,

    It looks great! I’m trying to figure out which bathroom that is. It sounds dangerous – do you still have all your skin? I just cleaned the bathroom the other day without gloves and my skin is all raw.

    I’m so impressed with your free-hand art. Beautiful!

  2. Wow Cindy,

    It looks great! I’m trying to figure out which bathroom that is. It sounds dangerous – do you still have all your skin? I just cleaned the bathroom the other day without gloves and my skin is all raw.

    I’m so impressed with your free-hand art. Beautiful!

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