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)
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.
Assemblyman Michael Cusick wanted to present an award to the Sandy Relief Organization, Guyon Rescue for their service to the community in the aftermath of the storm. He liked the glass awards and the 3 dimensional look of the carved images. He asked if an eagle could be done. I choose this image for its strong and bold pose and detail in the feathers.
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.