Kevin didn't forget anything when he planned the perfect day to ask Maggie to marry him, but after the question would be asked and the day would be over with, he wanted a momentum Maggie could always look back at and remember that special moment (besides the ring of course). He asked me to etch a bottle of Dom Perignon personalized with their information but to look like the original label. Sandblasted into the bottle, the black is raised glass. The etched recessed part was airbrushed gold. (scroll down for more pics)
Congratulations Kevin and Maggie and thank you for making Crystal Swan Etchings part of your special event!
I wanted to create something very special and original for my friend. She would be celebrating Chanukah and I wanted her to have something that wasn't only visually appealing but could also be functional if she decided to use it. With friends and family gathering at her table for the holidays, I had the idea of a platter she could use for serving. I created the design in illustrator and wanted to incorporate 4 different sandblasting techniques: multi stage carving (seen in the Jewish Star) Here the parts of the star are carved at different stages to give you an overlapping 3 Dimensional look,
Deep etched (seen in the flowers along the edge) and a combination of surface etching and glue chipping. A glue is applied to the parts of the glass that have been surface etched and when the glue dries, it lifts, chipping at the glass creating a beautiful design. Careful attention is paid to not have the glue spill over into other areas and that it is applied at an even layer. There is a short time span of a few minutes or so that the glue can be applied before it hardens and can not be spread out anymore. Once applied, the glass must be placed in a low humidity room and left for the chipping process to begin. There is a science to the glue chipping process. It is a look you can't get from any other process and one I love to look at. (see below for a close up)
Why not have fun with your gifts? Here's a gift idea for a co-worker or your boss if you are in the field of technical support. Let's be honest, even those of us who have to teach our moms Facebook or our dads how to attach a document to an email can understand the patience level a tech support person needs. Now, I can not take credit for the idea, all I did was execute it ... but when my cousin Mario asked me to etch this design on a beer mug, I thought it was really amusing. The see through bar will document when you've reached your 100% patience level! If you're interested in your own, contact email@example.com and ask about "Mario's Design"
Not your typical baby shower gift idea. But that's why I love what I do at Crystal Swan Etchings. I take the invitation that is bound to be thrown out even after many hours of carefully deciding on the perfect one for the theme of your occasion and I preserve it. I can do it on a glass blank with a base that can sit on a mantel or in curio cabinet or in this case ... let's put it on a crystal vase that can be functional, filled with flowers to peak everyone's senses ... sight, smell and even touch ;)
This nicely packaged gift set includes a hinged metal card case, suitable for business cards as well as most ID’s and credit cards, and a coordinated round key chain. The card case features an oval area for personalization. Both items are can be engraved. Presentation gift boxed. $35.00 (not shown on website) Click here to Email Inquiry
When I received the phone call to pick up a bottle from the local liquor store, Netcost Liquors, I work with, the cashier was concerned with the order he had taken. He told me he had a crumpled piece of paper with some kind of drawing of a lightbulb. After picking up the bottle and piece of paper, I tried to decipher the drawing and saw what the customer was trying to accomplish. I gave a quick phone call to her to make sure I was correct. She informed me that the light bulb had some personal meaning behind it and yes, she was trying to create the electricity of the lightbulb with their initials. I drew it out for her and sent her a proof. She said, "Yes.", that was what I was trying to draw you. She also requested a "toast" she wanted written on the back of the bottle. I made the point to etch the saying in the shape of the lightbulb that laid directly behind the front drawing. This way, when looking at the front, you didn't see words showing backwards, through the glass, behind the etching. Gold fill was added for an extra "pop".
My customer wanted to get Mickey something special. She was thinking a set of whiskey glasses. When we spoke she told me a few things that Mickey was interested in. Immediately, Texas Hold 'em stood out in my head. I almost instantly could picture it in my head. I took the idea of a poker chip and simplified it, played around with fonts of the saying to make it more visually interesting and at the last second swapped out the "o" in know with a spade to tie it all together. I had a lot of fun creating this piece. The final were 2 of each glass. I could envision Mickey playing cards with his buddies while drinking out of his glasses pondering to himself .... should I "hold 'em" or should I "fold 'em".
What do you get the 85 year old woman that has everything and needs nothing? ... well you get her something to hold her whiskey and you personalize it for her and her friend. Crystal Swan Etchings could help you put together that gift that she will sure to love because it's unique, it's strictly hers and you put some thought into making it.
Introducing the latest invitation vase. Women spend hours picking out the perfect invitation for that event they will always cherish, whether it be a wedding, engagement or shower. Now measuring 12"h x 7.5"w x 3.75", this handcrafted non-lead crystal vase is stunning. Let us preserve their invitation that will always remind them of that special day.
This is laminated glass that will be installed in an attic window. I had the glass cut to shape by a professional glass cutter from a cardboard template that was taken from the exact window. The cut may not be exactly smooth but that will be hidden by the window frame. Which leads me to point out that you must make sure to leave enough of a margin so that the frame does not cover any of the image after installed. Above is the vinyl applied and weeded out with the extra exposed parts of the glass covered with painter's tape. I can't wait to see it installed! More pics to come.
Annie Buthorn has a BFA in Graphic Design from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. She traveled to Santa Fe, NM and was taught by the very best in the glass etching business, Ruth Dobbins of Professional Glass Consultants. In 2010 she opened Crystal Swan Etchings, taking pride in etching all different kinds of glass mediums.