Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Nice stems, Cher

Back in the Summer of 2004, I fell in love. Yes, with Alex, but also with Bust Magazine. I remember when we first met. Rinn Self had left a copy in my mailbox at MSH. Jena Malone was on the front, and it was quite possibly the first time I ever read a magazine cover to cover. That issue of Bust featured a craft project for personalizing your own glassware, and I've wanted to try it ever since.

When I packed all of my things to move in with Alex, I noticed that almost all of my wine glasses were gone. Broken along the way, mostly during drunken dance parties in my room with Kristina. I always feel a little unsophisticated drinking wine out of anything other than a wine glass, so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to pick up some thrifty glasses at Cheap Chic in Allston and get down to making my own frosted stemware.

These were way easy to make and at about $4 a glass, I can afford to make more if a late night spontaneous dance off breaks out and I knock over a few glasses.

Frosted Glassware (from Bust Magazine, Summer 2004)
  • Glassware, of your choosing
  • Amor Etch glass etching cream
  • Rubber gloves
  • Paint brush
  • 1 Plastic lined paper plate
  • Masking tape
  • Vellum stickers, also of your choosing
  1. Wash and dry your glassware thoroughly.
  2. Tape off any sections of the glass you don't want frosted.
  3. Use stickers to decorate your glass (remember, any part not covered will end up frosted.)
  4. Put on your rubber gloves (very important! Amor Etch is hydrofluoric acid and it will burn you if you get it on yourself, so just wear the gloves even if you normally wouldn't.)
  5. Pour some Armor Etch onto your plastic lined paper plate.
  6. Coat your glasses thoroughly in thick coat of Armor Etch.
  7. Wait 5 minutes and rinse.
  8. Peel off stickers and wash with soap and water.
  9. Let dry and enjoy!


  1. Erin this is so cool!! If you ever want to make more glasses, let me know. I'd love to give it a shot!

  2. These are fantastic. I love them! I'm definitely going to make some, as my collection of wine glasses has also dwindled away.