Craft Product Review: Armour Etch Cream

January 24, 2011

Craft Product Reviews, Giveaways


I was looking back through my reviews the other day and realized that I’d never reviewed Armour Etch Cream. I literally gasped out loud. I have use this product for years and yet never gave it a mention- so today is that day!

Armour Etching Cream is the leading chemical glass-etching product on the market. Actually, depending on where you live, it might be the only glass etching cream you’ll ever see on the shelves!

The cream is a thick paste, sometimes with little crystals in it, and a very mild odor. Since it’s a chemical, keep it for adult use only and use precautions not to get it on your skin and NOT in your eyes. But to using it is ridiculously easy: apply your mask or stencil, spread the etching cream on (I like to use a palette knife) and wait about 10 minutes. Rinse with cold water and “voila!”- your surface is frosted!

You can use Armour Etch cream on any glass or mirrored surface. In the above photo, I etched bud vases. Below, you’ll see some mirrors I monogrammed as a hostess gift. (Directions for those are here.)
monogrammed coastersYou can use special stencils for glass etching, but in both of the above samples I cut my own using my Cricut and/or paper punches with craft vinyl. (Read my review of Glue Arts vinyl here.)

I also used Armour Etch Cream for a practical purpose- I wanted to be able to measure 5 oz of wine- so I used painter’s tape to create the line. (I’ll have the full tute later on this week.)

So on the whole, I think Armour Etch cream is super-easy to use, and a quick, creative way to add a little personalization and class to otherwise ho-hum objects.  Stay tuned for a few fun projects this week!

Want to win some Armour Etch cream to try out? My friends at are sponsoring a giveaway! Just leave a comment on this post and you’ll be entered to win a Deluxe Glass Etching Kit, worth $20.00. I’ll pick a winner next Monday, January 31st around noon EST. Good luck!

The Giveaway is now closed. Check HERE to see who won!

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47 Responses to “Craft Product Review: Armour Etch Cream”

  1. Kaitlin Says:

    OOO! I have never done etching but this looks so simple! I would love to win the kit and make some personalized gifts :)

  2. Sara Carns Says:

    You know, Jenny, I can’t believe I’ve never USED this stuff before! It looks so awesome… definitely a “good thing” as Martha would say, for last-minute gifts! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Margie Says:

    I’ve always wanted to try glass etching. What great results! I’ll definitely put this on my “to try” list!

  4. Lori Paximadis Says:

    I’ve always wanted to try this, but have just never gotten around to it. Might be kind of interesting combined with enamel… hmmm…

  5. Vicki P Says:

    I just purchased a bunch of glass items at the local thrift store to play with. I think Armour Etch is going to be included in my play time!! Thank you!!

  6. thezenofmaking Says:

    I LOVE Armour Etch!

  7. Sharon Putman Says:

    I’m another crafter that has always wanted to try etching but never got to it.I especially like the mirrors. Very pretty!

  8. Candy Says:

    I just thought of the perfect project for this! I have a mirror coaster underneath a porcelain hummingbird on my coffee table. It would be so cool to etch some flourishes onto it! Thanks so much!

  9. Julie Pittman Says:

    That looks so easy to do! I can think of tons of personalized giftys I can make with that!

  10. Krsity Says:

    I love Armour Etch! :-)

  11. CraftieGal Says:

    That is awesome! I love you tutorials. We are hand making all of our Christmas gifts next year and can’t wait to etch some glass.

  12. Christi B. Says:

    I have been wanting to try this for awhile. I think it would be fun to use with stuff made on my Cricut machine!

  13. TeresaK Says:

    This stuff is AWESOME. It’s super-duper easy to use and the results are so consistently good. As far as “adults only,” I’ve used it with crafters as young as eight with success; we wear gloves, talk about safety first, and I supervise closely. We make stencils from Con-Tact film with craft punches and use them to dress up all kinds of garage-sale finds. Even baby-food jars look better with a little Armour Etch.

  14. jengd Says:

    I’ve always wanted to try to etch something but just haven’t done it! Would love to give it a try! Thanks for the chance!

  15. AnDrea Says:

    Always wanted to try it!

  16. Pam Munro Says:

    Hmm – Nice 2 know @ this

  17. SamStolz Says:

    Looks like fun – great personalized look!

  18. Cheryl Palmer Says:

    I have never done etching either, this looks like great fun! I would LOVE to win this! Thank you for the opportunity!

  19. Carrie Leonard Says:

    I also have never done etching, but have been looking for new, creative gift ideas and this seems great :)

  20. Malinda Lloyd Says:

    I have always wanted to try this stuff.

  21. Carrie Says:

    I have wanted to try etching, and now you have inspired me to do so! Can’t wait to see your projects this week! :-)

  22. Suzanne Davis Says:

    This looks beautiful, classy and very easy. I would love to try this out and see what I could come up with. We have some weddings coming up soon and what wonderful handmade gifts I could send to the bride and groom.

  23. Tonja Lenderman Says:

    I love to use Armour Etch on dichroic glass to create fun patterns and designs.

  24. Kristi Says:

    I would love to try Armour Etch, this is on my list to try soon! Thank you for the chance to win!!

  25. Theresa Bailey Says:

    I’ve always been kinda of afraid of etching,but, maybe I’ll try it now!

  26. Kelly Cranfill Says:

    What a great review. I could see having all sorts of fun with it!

  27. Janie Haislip Says:

    I love this stuff!!!!!! I use it all the time.

  28. Antonella Says:

    I like how it personalized the items – could see using this for some wedding gifts or shower favors… This stuff looks like so much fun to use… what a great chance to win some :-) Thanks, antonella :-)

  29. Laurel Says:

    This stuff looks so fun and easy to use. What a great way to make some personalized gifts!

  30. Lisa Rhodes - Lamer Says:

    oh I want to try glass etching so bad!!! Thanks for a chance to win!!!

  31. Tricia Says:

    That looks like fun! I think my 9yo could handle doing some of it too…now, what to make!

  32. Jess Says:

    Thanks so much for the review and tutorial. This could make some really special valentines gifts!

  33. Estee Says:

    I’d love to win one, I want to try etching glass badly!

  34. Sarah Says:

    I’ve always wanted to try this. BTW, your portion control wineglass is genius! You should set up a booth with them outside of the local WW meeting.

  35. Jenny Says:

    Sarah, that is one intriguing idea! I’m gussing I’d have to take orders to do the monograms….

  36. Alison Says:

    Would love to try this out! It looks like a great and easy V-Day present I could make for my boyfriend while he is at work… Here’s hoping for the etching kit! 😉 Btw, this is my first time to your blog and I am a fan! Thanks

  37. Jaime Says:

    I LOVE this etching idea for the Weight Watchers portion control glass!! Thank you for this opportunity to win! :)

  38. J. @ My Year To Thrive Says:

    love it! especially the portion control wine glass. what a fabulous idea! would love to try this.

  39. Shoni Says:

    I haven’t tried to etch glass in a *very* long time. And it wasn’t the best result … could be because I wasn’t using the best product.

    Thanks for the opportunity, Jenny!


    shonijunk (at) yahoo (dot) com

  40. Holly A R Says:

    I just learned to etch metal so it would be fun to try it on glass too.

  41. Laura B Says:

    That is SO cool!!! Healthy and super cute! I need to try this out. Would make great gifts.

  42. Mary Says:

    I’ve used the etch cream on Beach Glass , it is a great product!

  43. Mina Says:

    I’ve always wanted to try etching! And it looks so easy in your post! Oh please please please YES, enter me, enter me!!! :)

  44. Emily Says:

    I have always wanted to try this! Thanks for the giveaway!

  45. Gayle Says:

    I really want to try this product on french door glass panes, not using stencils, but covering the entire surface. Has anyone ever used it for that? I have 30 panes of glass in 2 doors that I want to “frost”.

  46. Jenny Says:

    Gayle I wouldn’t use the glass etching cream for all those panels- it would be super-messy and caustic, and be a drag to wash all that chemical off- plus it would take a LOT of product.

    Martha Stewart as new “glass paints” out, including one that gives a “frosted” glass (etched) effect and it has a spraypaint- type application. I just got them in, so sit tight- I’ll be reviewing them soon. I know that RustOleum also has a frosted glass spraypaint ( that might be just the ticket. That way you can tape of your panes, give it a spray, and be done with it. Good luck!

  47. Alex Says:

    I tried this cream but…there were a lot of smudges and etching was irregular. I made all well. Stencils was good. Results was bad:( even on small surface.

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