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Old 09-30-2009, 06:53 PM
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Default Acid Etching a Glass Carboy

Ever wanted volume markings on your glass carboy like this?



Here is what you need!
1: Razor Blade $.20
2: Armour Etch (3 oz) $12 (enough to do 3-4 carboys)
3: Masking tape $3 for a whole roll
4: Scrapbook numbers $3 for the ones pictured
5: foam paintbrush (not pictured) $.60


Armour Etch can be found at Michaels and Hobby Lobby. This is the smallest bottle they offer. they also have vinyl stencils that you can use to acid etch pictures and words onto any glass (pint glasses, growlers, bottles)



Steps
1: Clean the exterior of the glass
2: Mask off a 4 inch wide column with masking tape (for the notches)
3: Add a vertical column unmasked for the numbers
4: Fill the carboy 1/2 gallon at a time and mark the volume on the tape
5: Empty carboy
6: Using razor blade, cut out your volume lines (about 1/4 inch tall)
7: Add the numbers next to the full gallon marks
8: Brush on the Armour Etch to completely cover the area to be etched
9: Ignore bottle directions, leave it for 15 min, not the 5 min it calls for
10: Rinse well with water
11: Remove tape and numbers

I used a 5 gal carboy, you will notice a 5.5 gal hash mark, and the eching ends at the 6 gal mark.

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Old 09-30-2009, 08:08 PM
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that is very nice. very clever, had not thought of doing that.
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Old 09-30-2009, 09:20 PM
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very cool


I have some etched carboys... it's more of an expressive artistic design with a functional non-slip surface design

(not to self, weld slag and angle grinder spark will permanently imbed into glass)

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Old 10-01-2009, 08:26 AM
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yeah this is pretty cool. I had that on my list of projects a while back but never did it.
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Old 10-01-2009, 09:18 AM
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I have been looking into this for personal glasses. We will be in touch.
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Old 10-01-2009, 09:23 AM
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We did make some glasses with our dogleg logo on them. www.doglegbrewery.com

It was not easy to do and only one or two looked alright. Worth it just to order a gross from somewhere with printed logos.
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Old 10-01-2009, 09:27 AM
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I have found companies that will do custom 1 time use stensils.
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Old 10-01-2009, 10:27 AM
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Armour Homepage has a lot of their Rub N Etch Stencils. If you use theirs and follow the directions, they do turn out pretty nice.

Here are some etches people have done with this product

Monsterglass Etch info






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Old 10-01-2009, 10:43 AM
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I guess depending on the logo and the stencil these can vary in difficulty. These look good. The key is a tight fitting stencil with an easy way to secure it. I am guessing that most of these used some sort of a sticker stencil. That would be much smarter.
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I guess depending on the logo and the stencil these can vary in difficulty. These look good. The key is a tight fitting stencil with an easy way to secure it. I am guessing that most of these used some sort of a sticker stencil. That would be much smarter.
A popular method is to use vynel contact paper (the stuff you put on the floor of your kitchen shelves. and then use a razorblade to cut out your pattern.
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