Etch a Ceramic Jar with Armour Etch – Color it with Gilders Wax

I have done etching on glass a few times, but wanted to see how it would work on ceramic. A few of these cute little ceramic jars have been sitting in my craft room since I found them on clearance a few years ago. The nice smooth surface provided just the canvas I needed to try out this project.


  1. Ceramic Jar
  2. Armour Etch Cream
  3. Gilders Paste Wax
  4. Vinyl for Stencil
  5. Transfer Tape
  6. Paint Brush
  7. Protective clothing, such as rubber gloves, goggles, apron
  8. Red Capped Blade

Setting for KNK Zing:

  1. Force – 18
  2. Speed – 10
  3. Multicut – 1


  1. Open or download design in cutter software.
  2. Load vinyl and cut stencil.
  3. Weed vinyl stencil.
  4. Apply transfer tape to vinyl, remove backing, and apply stencil to ceramic surface.
  5. Remove transfer tape.
  6. Use paint brush to apply etching cream liberally, being careful not to extend the cream beyond the edge of your stencil.
  7. Leave the cream on a few minutes. I left mine on about 3 minutes.
  8. Clean off thoroughly under running water.
  9. Peel off stencil and dry completely.the
  10. Use a rag to apply Gilders Wax to etched surface. Continue rubbing to remove from non-etched area. (The wax sets quickly, so I had best luck by removing excess wax as soon as possible. It can be removed later, but takes a lot more effort.)

    I left the stencil in place while applying some of the wax, but it is not necessary.

I realized after I started the project that it was not a good idea to plan a two-color project where the two colors were directly adjacent to each other. It was very difficult to apply the end of the “green” stem within the red cherry portion of the design,

I also attempted this on a ceramic tile. It worked, but I wasn’t happy with the end result. The entire tile apparently was a little porous as I was not able to completely remove the excess wax from the surface of the tile. This might be remedied by leaving the stencil in place while applying the Gilders Wax. I may have to give it another try.



Etched Glass Patio Doors

The design for etching my doors was created on my 15″ Klic-N-Kut Maxx.  It is broken into four sections so the stencils could be cut from 12″ wide vinyl and applied individually.  The design is taller than can be cut on the mat that comes with the Maxx, but was nicely cut on a larger mat (16″ wide x 28″ long) which is available from Accugraphics for cutting larger projects on the Maxx.  Since there are 4 sections to the design, it also allows for the order of the flower sections to be changed.  My doors are each 33″ wide.  I used all 4 sections on the left door and spaced them slightly on the right door, only using 3.  There is lots of flexibility.  The four sections have 2 butterflies included with the flowers.  The additional butterflies were added after the flower/grass etching was completed.

Glass Etch Film from Accugraphics was used to cut the stencils.  Etchall cream was used for the actual etching.  I highly recommend Etchall because it is creamy and can be scraped off when the etching time is up and used again on your next project.  This feature of Etchall greatly reduces the cost of the product used for etching.

Now, I know that not everyone reading this post is going to want to etch their patio doors and possibly don’t have patio doors, so I used the same design to create this greeting card.  The card base and the flowers are cut from white cardstock.  The mat behind the flowers is 105# spruce green Corduroy Cardstock.

Cutting files used in these projects are available for downloading below:

Patio Door Etching Design in KNK Format

Patio Door Etching Design in PDF Format

Butterfly Designs in KNK Format

Butterfly Designs in PDF Format

Greeting Card Design in KNK Format

Greeting Card Design in PDF Format