Ok, so isn't it the worst when you do a DIY in hopes of saving money, but after trail and error you end up at the craft store multiple times and spent double what you expected? Well that is how this projected ended up. Lucky for you my mistakes will help you to get it right the first time if you decide to try glass etching.
Here we go:
Glass you would like to etch
Stencil or stickers and tape
Paper towel or cotton balls
RULE #1 for etching- Don't follow directions on bottle.
RULE #2 for etching- Do follow safety precautions on bottle because I don't want to be responsible for burning your skin off.
Thoroughly wash and dry glass.
Apply sticker wherever you want the etching to take place. ( I first tried the whole make your own stencil using contact paper thing. Only waste your time if you have very steady hand. Mine looked a little too homemade for my taste)
Carefully tape the area around the sticker. Be sure it looks proportioned. This area will all be etched.
Using either a cotton ball or paper towel, gently rub area to be etched with alcohol. You want a surface with no finger prints, dust, or oils. Dry alcohol of glass.
Apply Etching cream with sponge brush. USE A VERY THICK COAT. It should be even and completely white. Use more than you think you should. The bottle says to let it sit for 60 seconds. That seriously did nothing. I let mine sit for 20 minutes. Be very careful not to get any cream outside the tape.
My monogramed stemless glasses are complete! The design will not wash of because it is actually etched into the glass.