Custom etched Veuve Clicquot champagne bottles by Crystal Swan Etchings. Remove the label or etch above it.
On the left, the label is recreated to be personalized and deep etched into the bottle leaving some parts as raised glass and finally hand painted to match real label. On the right, opt to keep the original label and etch above it.
I love this saying, "Make Each Day A Story Worth Telling". Surprise her/him with a little bubbly and a heartfelt message. Here we color filled it with gold paint to match the bottle. Crystal Swan Etchings offers many choices.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 ;)
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".
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.
This was a fun order to do. The United States Coast Guard was having a March Madness Basketball Tournament. They needed 24 mugs... 12 for the champions and 12 for the runner up. They had no design but knew what it needed to say and that they wanted a leprechaun. I put together this design, sketching it out first on paper, scanning it in to the computer where I cleaned it up and got it ready for the sandblasting stage.
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.
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.