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Forum topic by Vrtigo1 posted 11-11-2010 09:53 PM 1629 views 1 time favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-11-2010 09:53 PM

I’m working on a Christmas gift for my father in law. He’s really into racing, specifically Chevy, so I thought it’d be cool if I etched the bowtie logo into a mirror and made a nice frame for it to hang in his shop. I’ve read about etching glass, apparently you just cover the glass with contact paper everywhere except the areas you want to etch and then you apply etching cream. Seems simple enough, anyone tried it? I know Lowes sells small mirrors in their home decor section, which is good, because I don’t think I’m ready to attempt cutting glass.

As far as the frame for the mirror, should I just cut rabbets on the inside for the mirror to set in, or is there an accepted method for doing it?

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#1 posted 11-11-2010 10:27 PM

I have never done the etching but at my local michaels’ there is always etching materials (people use them for toasting glasses at their wedding and other things). Michael’s also sells mirrors. One stop shopping i tell ya!

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#2 posted 11-11-2010 11:30 PM

Vrtigo1, I really have no idea on the etching but as far as the mirror goes when I make them I simply make the frame and then cut out a rabbet with my hand held router. Occasionally I have to fine tune the rabbet to fit the mirror. The mirror was out of square by 1/8” on the last one I made.

I have tried repeatedly to cut a mirror with a glass cutter and straight edge but my edges end up looking pretty ragged. I take them to a local glass shop and they will make a single cut for $2.50 so it is really more cost effective to let them do the cuts for me.

As far as mounting the mirror goes I like this hardware for mounting the mirror to the wall. It is essentially an aluminum frnech cleat and holds the mirror securly on the wall. And for holding the mirror in the frame I like to use turn buttons.

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#3 posted 11-12-2010 12:08 AM

I have done both etching and sandblasting mirrors and glass. The etching is not quite as simple as you describe because you know how paint seeps under masking tape? Well acid seeps under paper as well unless you use the duct tape without the fabric in it. You can then cut your design with an exacto knife. But make sure the acid is completely gone before you remove the tape because it scores the glass very quickly even in thin applications. Any questions, feel free.


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#4 posted 11-12-2010 05:36 AM

Perfect, exactly what I was looking for. Thanks!

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