Weekend Project: Etching My Glass Soap Dispenser

January 7, 2011 | By | Comments (1)

In hopes of providing a little inspiration for any weekend projects you might be tackling, I wanted to share one I did a few months ago with you.


I have these lovely soap dispensers that I use for both dish soap and hand soap. They originally held Cucina hand soap (one of them still does), which is some of the best smelling hand soap ever.




I decided to etch the words "dish" and "hand" on the containers so that we could tell them apart when they are both eventually filled with clear soaps.


To do this, I needed a few things:


  • the words I wanted to use printed out
  • an x-acto or utility knife
  • contact paper
  • a cutting mat
  • etching cream
  • a paintbrush
  • and a pencil




The first step was creating a paper stencil to make the contact paper stencil from.




Then I used the paper stencil to create the contact paper stencil that I could stick directly on to the glass container.




Once I cut out the letters from the contact paper I applied it to the soap dispenser.




*A hint on the step above. Make sure your contact paper is completely smooth around the letters. I should have used a bone folder to make sure it was perfect. That way none of the etching cream can seep through.


Time to etch!




Once you've applied a thick layer, it's time to wait. Supposedly, you can wait as little as 5 minutes. But when I did my last etching project, the lines were two faint, so this time I left it on for 15 minutes.




After 15 minutes, simply rinse off the cream and remove the stencil .Here's how mine turned out:




As you can tell, it's hard (at least given my rudimentary skills) to photograph etched glass. But you can see the final result pretty well. I'm pleased with how this one turned out, and the "hand" soap dispenser will be even better.


Do you have any projects planned for the weekend? I'd love to know what they are.