Thursday, March 16, 2017

Etching Ceramic Coffee Cups!

Hello and welcome to the Designer Crafts Connection March Blog Hop.  This month we are partnering with etchall®, a reuseable product that can be used to etch glass, ceramic and even slate.    I had a couple of ceramic coffee cups that I decided to "fancy up" and I was really happy with the results!

Here is a close up of the teal mug.  I etched a ring of bunnies around the cup just below the molded edge detail.  It is a very subtle effect that is hard to catch with my camera.

How did I do it?  Easy!  I had an adhesive stencil in my stash with the figure of a little bunny.  I positioned it on the coffee cup and then used green painters tape to mask off the area I did not want to etch.  I burnished it really well right around the stencil to make sure there was a tight seal.

I heaped on a liberal amount of the etching creme and used the squeegee to spread it to cover the entire design.  I let it sit for 15 minutes and then used the squeegee to scoop the creme back into the bottle - because it is reuseable!  :)  I then thoroughly rinsed off any residue before I removed the tape and the stencil.  (Note:  Do not rinse in a ceramic sink!)

I repeated the process 6 times so that I had  a bunch of bunnies! Here is a close up:

And now on to coffee cup #2.

This time I chose an adhesive stencil with text - really fine lines of text.  I was not sure how it would turn out, but I just followed the same process.

It turned out beautifully! The lettering is crisp and clear!

I wanted to have the etching show more clearly so I applied an acrylic glaze over the etched area - with my fingers! I let it set for just a minute before I wiped the area clean with a damp paper towel.  I do not know how permanent this will be.  I am going to let it sit for a few days then I will try to heat set it in the oven.  I imagine that this mug will be a hand wash item - but I will update this post in a week or so with my findings!

So you can see that etchall® etching creme is a super easy to use product! It is not gritty or smelly.   Did I mention that this was my first time using it and the results could not have been better?! So if you have any home dec or upcycling ideas in mind  - go for it!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Follow this link to find a complete list of blogs for the etchall® hop:   Designer Crafts Connection 

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**Disclosure:  etchall® provided free product for this project.  My design and opinions are my own.**


  1. love them bunnies. great for your first time, I'm sure you'll be etching a lot after this project.

  2. very cute!! i tried the same idea with various markers...some worked some did not...but fun to play!

  3. We are ready for Spring! I would love to sip out of one or both of those mugs!

  4. I love the bunnies. Nice to see how the Etchall works on ceramics.

  5. Great projects! Ceramics are next on my list to try etching, so thanks for the ideas.