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Acid Etched Mirrors

Clear hydrofluoric acid etched galena mirror

The chemical used to etch glass is hydrofluoric acid. Pure hydrofluoric acid dissolves glass without changing its color. Hydrofluoric acid mixed with other chemicals (Etching Cream) creates a white design on clear or colored glass.

Both types of acid cause serious chemical burns that require immediate medical attention. YOU MUST WEAR RUBBER GLOVES and be very careful when working with this chemical.


  • Acid etching is permanent - it can't be polished out.
  • Reverse your design - or it will be backwards when you turn the glass over.