Etched Ceramic Mugs
I wanted to make a gift for a couple of my co-workers… I figured coffee mugs would be great even though one is an avid coffee drinker and the other one isn’t. Coffee mugs aren’t just for coffee, are they? I etched the ceramic mugs to make them a little more personal, and they came out so great! Let me show you how I did it…
- Plain Ceramic Coffee Mug
- Etching Compound or Air Eraser
- Stencil (preferably one that is self-adhesive)
I started by washing and drying the mugs just to remove any greasy residue. I bought them at my local dollar store.
I used my vinyl cutting software to create the names and any other designs I wanted to add to the mugs. I cut the stencil out of wood grain adhesive shelf liner (cheap and easy!).
I applied the stencil to the mugs and used my air eraser to etch the names. An air eraser is a small sandblaster that uses a powdery compound and can etch glass, ceramics, or Plexiglas. I use it with my air compressor and love it! For more info on the air eraser, click here. Etching compound can also be used, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
When I am finished etching with the air eraser, I wash the compound off of it and remove the stencil. At first, it looks as if nothing is there but then as it dries…
The designs appear! I love the way the etched coffee mugs came out!
Joe and Amy like them, too!
What would you put on a mug and what method would you use to etch the glass? Leave a comment below!