Glass Etching for Beginners
Learn to etch glass and decorate your own vase, lantern or mirror tiles - suitable for beginners!

"I enjoyed the course very much! Really want to come back and learn more. " - Cynthia

On this half-day class you will learn how to etch glass using acid etching cream and plastic etch-resist, decorating either a 20cm-high glass vase, a 4-sided lantern or mirror tiles.
You may like to come with some basic design ideas, or we can help you on the day.
A decorated lantern makes a great Christmas decoration or table centrepiece!

Our one day classes are suitable for anyone over 18, although we do advise that anyone with a medical condition that limits their hand strength or control to contact us before booking to discuss. With a maximum of 5 students and two tutors you can be sure of plenty of attention and guidance throughout the class, and a fun experience you'll remember for a long time.

One-day Glass Etching class for up to 4 people

The class begins with introductions, tea or coffee and a discussion of the materials and processes you'll use on the class.

To start we will discuss your ideas and the images you might like to create and consider how to cut the design out of the etch resist. You will be cutting shapes out of of the etch-resist with a scalpel so your designs will look best if they can be cut out like a stencil design.

You will then cut our your first design after preparing your choice of glass surface - either a 4-sided tank vase, a candle lantern or a mirror tile. Then comes the exciting bit - using acid cream to frost your design into the surface of the glass permanently.

If you choose a vase or lantern to work with, you'll then continue to frost each of the other sides, refining your ideas and honing your scalpel skills each time!
You will take all your work home with you at the end of the class.

Your design ideas...

Some ideas we know work well - yin & yang symbols, leaves, feathers, reeds, watery themes, candles and flames, city scapes, night scenes, trees or natural settings, logos or iconography - but your imagination shouldn't be limited to these suggestions!

Etched vases or lanterns make great Christmas centrepieces or decorations or even gifts.
You could think about Christmassy designs too!

The glass etching techniques taught on this workshop are also applicable to stained glass work, and can be safely enjoyed at home too

The course cost of £85 inc VAT per person includes:

  • 22cm Tank vase or 28cm Lantern or 3 mirror tiles
  • Etching materials
  • Use of all tools, apron, goggles and protective gloves
  • Refreshments during the class
  • Maximum class size 4 people
  • Your lantern, vase or mirror tiles to take home
  • Class runs from 2.30pm to 5.30pm (unless otherwise stated) at our Northants studio near Towcester

Please Note: Although we provide aprons and vinyl gloves we ask you to wear old or scruffy clothes as etching can get messy! Please also bring fully-enclosed shoes.

Book your place -Glass Etching for Beginners

If you're ready to book, choose the date you prefer and use the PayPal buttons to make your booking. You can pay by card or PayPal. We can also take bookings in the studio or you can buy this class as an emailable gift voucher.
All bookings are subject to our class bookings Terms And Conditions.

We've updated our workshops-related COVID-19 fact sheet - find it here.
If you have any questions or concerns get in touch and we'll do our best to help.

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Etch your own Christmas lantern on this half0-day workshop at Vitreus ArtEtch a beautiful Christmas lantern on this workshop!A glass vase etched with a lotus flower design on the Vitreus Art etching classAmy etched this lotus flower design on one side of her vase
Create areas of glass frosting by cutting out areas of etch resist Think stencils when creating your design to be cut with a scalpel
Etch glass panels for a candle lantern
Drew used Star Wars as his inspiration for his etched lantern

What attendees have said about our classes:

"Well run and very easy to understand instructions for the novice."

"A great day making a beautiful piece...everything was clearly explained "

"...plenty of hands-on tempered with approriate tuition. Achieved results I would never have expected."