Isn't it frustrating when you don't have just the right shade of glass beads for designs?  Well, I recently learned you can color clear glass beads including crystals for truly custom designs.  Terry Ricioli shows how you can first etch the glass with just a simple dipping process and then go on to color the beads with paint or inks.

The product she uses is Etchall Dip ‘n Etch.  You can also purchase it through Amazon.  The solution is reuseable. You can etch not just glass but ceramic, porcelain, marble and slate.  You have to neutralize with baking soda if you dispose it into a porcelain sink otherwise it will be etched!

Note that you will get a frosted finish as the glass is now roughened up with the etching process. This allows the glass to take up color pigments easily.

What fun!

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