Hours:  Monday-Friday : 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
                    Saturday: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
                    Sundays and Holidays: Closed

Phone: 713-330-0012

Email:  info@letitbeetched.com
(Se habla español)

Glass Etching
by Matisse

  Appointment Hours:
​                   Monday - Friday: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Frequently Asked Questions
What is etching?
"Etching" is the abrading or roughening of a selected area on a piece of glass, marble, granite, tile, or other substrate that produces a desired design on the surface. Two types of etching are acid etching and sandblast etching.  For purposes of our application, as for glass etching, we will use the term "etching" to refer specifically to sandblast etching or abrasive etching.

How is the etching produced?
By directing a high pressure, high speed stream of sand or other abrasive at the surface of the object.  As the grains of abrasive hit the selected area to be etched with enough force, an etched effect is produced.  When the sandblasting is complete, the areas which were not protected will be etched and the protected areas will remain clear.

What is a "custom etch"?
A "custom etch" starts with a design consultation about your ideas and the mood you are trying to create.  A design is created, application is decided, and the project begins.

When an architectural element such as a door or a window is already installed, does it have to be removed in order for it to be etched?
Any architectural element that is already installed does not have to be removed.  We come out to the site with the equipment to do what is called an  "on-site etch" .

What is the difference between etching on the 1st surface vs. the 2nd surface?
The difference between these two applications is that when the 1st surface is etched it means the surface of the glass that  is etched.  This application is usually recommended when you have tinted glass because there's a good contrast between the etching and the glass surface and you can view it better straight on from the outside. 

When the 1st surface of the glass is etched (in this case meaning the surface of the glass facing the inside) then the etching is viewed from the 2nd surface (meaning viewing from the outside surface).  This application is usually recommended for the etching of clear glass.

What is "replication" etching of architectural elements?
"Replication" etching of architectural elements is a reproduction of a design on a previously etched glass door or window or glass panel for replacement purposes.

Can metal items be etched?
Yes, metal items can be etched and the etching is quite stunning.  Etched metal items include, but are not limited to, such items as metal vases, metal ice buckets, metal water bottles which make great promotional items as well as great hostess gifts.  Any metal item can be personalized and they make great gifts for any occasion.

Are there different types of etching processes?
Yes, there are.  You have the automated processes done by Computerized Rotary Engraving and Computerized Laser Engraving machines.  The Abrasive Etching or Sandcarving, also known as Glass Etching processes are hands-on and handcrafted.  You also have etching that is done by hand by applying etching creams or solutions to the glass.

What is the difference between a "positive etch" and a "reverse etch"?
The difference between the two applications is that a "positive etch" is where the design or graphics are etched and the background of the glass remains clear.  A "reverse etch" is where the background of the glass is etched and the design or graphics remain clear. 

Among the different applications in etching glass, the "reverse etch" is usually used when some privacy is needed but where a design or graphics are also incorporated.  A "reverse etch" is also known as a "privacy etch".

What is a "Privacy Etch"?
​A "privacy etch" is an etching done on the glass of a front entry door, bathroom windows, shower enclosures, interior doors and windows where privacy is required from being able to see inside or through the glass.