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"
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.