Sand Blasting Glass

Acid etching was usually done in two stages. Firstly the whole glass is etched to a matt finish. This is followed by a different type of acid-etch to bring back some areas to a clear finish.

Gilding over these etched areas will have a matt finish regardless of the gilding method used. The signwriters use of matt centres in lettering was originally in emulation of etched glass. The technique often being used in pub mirrors.

Oil gilding is easier because it covers the texture better and it uses less gold.