44in x 39in piece of glass that will be used as a room divided in a firehouse. Here the piece of glass had been prepped. The artwork was created and cut on a piece of vinyl. I applied the vinyl to the glass carefully making sure it was straight and had no air bubbles. Blue tape was used to cover the existing exposed glass.
The piece of glass was passed through the sandblaster a little at a time (about as much as my arm would reach) and rotated at times, where I frosted the exposed glass. It is important to go slow and steady to achieve an overlapping of blasting. This will reduce the appearance of lines.
Here is the finished etched window, peeled, wiped down and installed in the firehouse.
Another etched photograph idea. My customer didn't want any of the templates listed on my website. She wanted something simple yet masculine. There was a quote that was very important to her that needed to be added. I didn't concentrate to much on the graphic elements but gave her a clean, straight edge double frame to highlight the picture. The picture was actually taken much further back, but I cropped it and blew it up to emphasize the most important part... the hug and let the words stand strong and bold below expressing how she felt.
I received a request to etch Jack Daniels bottles as a bridal party gift for the groomsmen, best man and father of the bride. The groom wasn't sure exactly what he wanted and I immediately envisioned the label being recreated to look like the original Jack Daniels label only with all of the wedding information substituted. He loved the idea. I had to carefully consider how I was going to achieve this since the black and white colors were important for the label recreation. In order to have these 2 colors, there needed to be a separation line of the glass between the 2 colors forcing them not to touch. This separation line was achieved through the artwork that I created in illustrator by outlining the letters with a heavy enough stroke that I wouldn't lose in the sandblasting stage.
After sandblasting the image onto the bottle, I airbrushed the black across the entire image. When that dried, I went back in and hand painted the white letters being careful not to paint pass the glass outline. The tiny letters and intricate details made for a slow hand painting process but the final piece was well worth the time. I can't wait for the bridal party to see their gifts!
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.