Thursday, September 12, 2013

How to Make an Etched Glass Water Bottle


There are few water bottle companies that sell water in glass bottles. Voss is one of them. The bottles are these beautiful, tall cylinders. You can get them individually at your local grocery store or buy a case from Amazon to save money - this is a great option if you want to make these for gifts as the cost per-bottle goes down to less than $3 this way! I picked up a large bottle at Natural Grocers and used adhesive silkscreens and glass etching cream to transform the bottle into a beautiful work of art as a gift for my sister.

Supplies


Directions

Step 1: Prep Glass
Please note: I recommend keeping the lid on the entire time you work with the bottle to prevent paint chips, soap or chemicals from getting inside.

The Voss bottles come with their labels silkscreened on with paint. To remove them, you will need to scratch it off with a razor blade. To do this without scratching the glass, hold the blade at an angle and gently use it to chip away the paint. 

Once the paint is removed, wash the outside of the bottle with soap and water. Check to be sure you removed all the paint and re-scrape problem areas if needed and then re-wash. Set aside to dry.

28 comments:

  1. I love this! I've etched lots of glass, but never thought to do water bottles. Just a tip- you can reuse the etching cream if you carefully scoop it back into the bottle. :)

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  2. so cute! I may have to try that with some of the glass jars I use in the pantry. I bet it would make a cute label.

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  3. I've always wanted a glass water bottle but I am too afraid I will drop it!

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  4. This is so pretty, and I use water bottles all the time. Thanks so much for sharing the step-by-step!

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  5. Ooh what a great idea- I love it! I would also love to link to your directions in an upcoming Daily DIY if you didn't mind.

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  6. What a great idea! You could even do names and initials to keep the glasses straight.

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  7. Ordered a 24ct of the glass Voss bottles from Amazon.com for $66. Etching them and filling them back up with a flavored liquor and the gift tags will hold drink recipes. Christmas gifts for every coworker for under $120 :]

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    1. What a fun idea! I love the idea of filling the bottles with something else - two gifts in one!

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  8. I ordered a 24 count of glass Voss water bottles on Amazon for $66. I'm in the process of etching them now. Then I will fill them with a flavored liquor, and the gift tags will hold a drink recipes. Christmas gifts for every coworker for under $120. I'm edging their initials on to the bottles too. Great idea thanks for the inspiration!

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  9. So glad I ran into this idea! Just happend to get "stuck" with two cases of Voss Glass Water Bottles and the silk screen label was keeping me from trying anything with them, but ill be getting etching supplies this weekend.

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  10. Any thoughts on how 'green' the etching creme is?

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    1. That's a great question. You can see the MSDS for the product here: http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/pdfImages/2e/2ec45f43-3dfe-452d-9c49-d4ded3e1a0a1.pdf

      The main ingredient that etches the glass is Ammonium Bifluoride. It is not known to cause cancer or other reproductive harm, although it is an irritant to the eyes, lungs and skin so care should be taken while using it - wear gloves and work in a ventilated area.

      It is 100% solvable in water. For a project like this, you are using a small quantity and I am personally unconcerned about run off from it into the sewer. If you want to make a very large project, I would consider first scraping what you can off the glass and putting it back in the bottle and THEN rinsing it.

      I hope that answered your question!

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  11. I just finished making mine with peacock feather silkscreens. It's so pretty. I've been wanting to do something with one of these bottles for some time now. Thanks for the post!

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  12. Can you use other stencils or does it have to be the silkscreen kind?

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    1. I think the silkscreen kind work the best. If you had other ADHESIVE stencils you could probably do it but it will not work well with normal stencils.

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  13. where did you get the mini razor scraper?

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    1. If you click the link to "mini razor scraper" in the supply list, it will take you to a place you can buy one from Amazon

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    2. If you click the link to "mini razor scraper" in the supply list, it will take you to a place you can buy one from Amazon

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  14. Can you etch a casserole dish? Maybe on the outside?

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    1. Absolutely! Exact same technique. Just be sure to etch the outside and none of the surfaces where food would touch.

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  15. This is the most beautiful glass I have ever seen. The fact that it is a water bottle is just that more of a bonus! Being able to order a case of bottles is also a fab idea! Thank you for sharing this idea with us all. Considering today is Christmas eve, its too late for me to make them this year but guess what my friends and family are getting for their birthdays all throughout the year????

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    1. Thanks for your sweet words. I'm sure your friends will love them

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    2. Thanks for your sweet words. I'm sure your friends will love them

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  16. Hi there,

    I stumbled on this project and this looks amazing. I was wondering for the etching cream, do I have to use the Martha Stewrad one? Is there something different from it? Or can I use something like this http://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/x-i-m-etch-i-m-etching-cream-946ml/6000193830586? (I'm sorry this is the first time in doing this and I have no idea what I'm doing)

    Thanks,
    M

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    1. The one from Walmart will probably work but I can't guarantee it as I've never used it myself. Be sure to read the instructions on the container and default to the manufacturer's instructions over mine if they disagree at any point.

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