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Thank you very much for your inquiry. An article by Bill Brakemeyer and Dave Molina entitled "Glass Etching" published in Glass Works v. 11 no. 7 October 2004 describes the process of acid etching. The article states that, "A coat of acid-resistant beeswax and lamp-black soot is first spread on the plate and pressed into the engraved design. A piece of tissue paper is then placed on top and rubbed to transfer the ink to the paper. The pattern is cut out by hand, checked for imperfections, and then carefully centered on the glass without any wrinkles in the tissue. A piece of felt is used to transfer the acid resist to the glass carefully and avoid any blemishes. The glass is then dipped into an alcohol-water bath that loosens the tissue and leaves the acid-resist. It is also checked for any imperfections. The prepared glass piece is immersed in a hydrofluoric acid solution that allows the acid to eat away at the exposed surfaces. The final step in the process removes the acid resist wax with hot water." 

The following list of resources may help you your research: 

Brakemeyer, Bill. "Glass Etching", Glass Works, v. 11, no. 7, Oct. 2004, pp. 3-5 

"Plate Etching, a Decoration of Refinement for High Grade Ware" Tiffin Glassmasters,v. 12, no. 1, Spring 1997, p. 19. 
Notes: Description of plate etching process reprinted from the Glass Outlook, Nov. 1924 

"Plate Etching", The Heisey Herald, v. 15, no. 3, Sept. 1986, p. 2 
Notes: Acid-etching method at Heisey, about 1916-1957 

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