These 13 Johnnie Walker black bottles were engraved with the bride and groom's name, their wedding date and given out to their groomsmen and bridesmaid. The image of the bride and groom were deep etched, so that you can literally feel the raised letters that overlapped. I stripped the JW label to make room for the artwork but their infamous icon was still left on the bottom giving the recipient the best of both worlds. A unique and custom wedding party favor.
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!
You have been invited to a retirement party for your friend who is a law enforcement officer. He is probably getting a million bottles of wine as a send off. You want a gift for him that will be memorable. Why not take that bottle of his favorite wine and have his badge number etched into it and painted. Have your personal message added and you are sure to leave an impression.
I just finished hand painting the new design for Vino Divino School of Wine. Robert's students spend a year's worth of time fermenting their own barrel of wine. I painted the same design in silver and one in gold like he asked, but for this one I wanted to give him something extra special to offer his customers for all their hard work. I deep etched the design and carefully applied the paint letting it sit within the thin lines of the design and dried it for 2 days.
Sorority Logo etched on a wine bottle and turned into a lamp.
I stopped by a friend's wood shop one day and saw him drilling into all kinds of wine and liquor bottles. When I asked him what he was doing, he told me he was making lamps out of them. I thought, "Wow, what a cool idea." My wheels started turning. I thought to myself, "Why not, take the label off and take it a step further... I can etch it too!" Have your logo etched on it for your restaurant. Maybe a design for your home bar or rec room.
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Engraved wine bottle with New Home Template
I visited my cousin and her husband this weekend in Montreal, Canada. Not only was it my first visit to Canada, but it was my first visit to their new home. As like most, I wanted to bring a house warming present. I bought them a gift certificate to help them with furnishing their new home but wanted to add something a little more personal than a piece of plastic money. I bought a bottle of red wine, etched it with their names and a warm greeting and attached the gift certificate to the bottle. For me, it was giving them something practical to use and something that they could always look back on and remember the excitement of buying their first home together.
Chivas bottle engraved
Ann and her husband Tony were retiring and their friends wanted to give them a little something extra special at their Retirement Party. Robin came up with a fantastic poem and the group asked me to etch it in a bottle of Chivas Scotch. I took the front label off and reversed the etch so the text popped forward and the flow of the scotch shimmered through the letters. A great gift that's personalized with your own words.
Etched still water birthday bottle
A wine or liquor bottle doesn't have to be the only kind of engraved gift. Here, Lenore brought me a bottle of Pellegrino Water for her brother. The green glass was a great color to etch on. I added a little silver paint to contrast the green.
Matt loved it.
Sandblasted Champagne Bottle
For this engraved Veuve Clicquot wedding champagne bottle, I placed the names within the silhouette of the couple. By using this reverse etching technique, it allows the names to pop forward the deeper I engrave the couple. Running your fingers over it, you can actually feel the raised effect. It also gives a nice contrast to the rest of the text.
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.