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- A glass, preferably with straight sides to make applying the mask easier (or possible). I used Irish coffee mugs from Crate and Barrel.
- Armour Etch glass etching cream (or similar).
- Something to act as a resist (the mask or stencil that covers the parts you don’t want etched) for the etchant. I’m using adhesive vinyl cut on a Cricut Maker. There are other options. I also used some masking tape to cover the rest of the mug.
- Something to apply the etching cream. I used popsicle sticks and cotton swabs. Some people like to use a brush.
- Goggles and Gloves (I like the orange ones but they have other colors)
- A well-ventilated work area. Sorry I don’t have a link to that, but this fan might help.
Three Broomsticks Logo
I searched the Internet for a Three Broomsticks design that would work for this, but I didn’t find anything suitable. I used what I found as inspiration to make my own…which is right here.
This project is pretty straightforward:
- Prepare the resist (the mask or stencil).
- Apply the mask to the mug. The Irish coffee mug (at least all the ones I have seen) has an obvious seam. I sized my vinyl mask so that if I lined up the edge of the vinyl with the seam, the design would end up right where I wanted it.
- Notice that the etching cream contains dangerous chemicals. Put on your goggles and gloves and make sure your work area is well ventilated.
- Apply the etching cream to the mug. I used the popsicle sticks to scoop the cream out of the bottle and spread it over the mug. Then I used the cotton swabs to push the etchant around to make sure I every corner and edge of the design was covered.
- Let the etching cream sit for 10 minutes (less time might work fine, but 10 minutes worked for me). Move the etching cream around (with your cotton swab or brush) a few times during the etch, making sure to push the cream in all directions and into every corner and edge of the design.
- Rinse the cream off with lots of water. You’ll need to wipe over it with your (gloved) fingers to get it all off.
- Remove the mask from the mug and thoroughly clean the mug.