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!
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 ;)
This nicely packaged gift set includes a hinged metal card case, suitable for business cards as well as most ID’s and credit cards, and a coordinated round key chain. The card case features an oval area for personalization. Both items are can be engraved. Presentation gift boxed. $35.00 (not shown on website) Click here to Email Inquiry
When I received the phone call to pick up a bottle from the local liquor store, Netcost Liquors, I work with, the cashier was concerned with the order he had taken. He told me he had a crumpled piece of paper with some kind of drawing of a lightbulb. After picking up the bottle and piece of paper, I tried to decipher the drawing and saw what the customer was trying to accomplish. I gave a quick phone call to her to make sure I was correct. She informed me that the light bulb had some personal meaning behind it and yes, she was trying to create the electricity of the lightbulb with their initials. I drew it out for her and sent her a proof. She said, "Yes.", that was what I was trying to draw you. She also requested a "toast" she wanted written on the back of the bottle. I made the point to etch the saying in the shape of the lightbulb that laid directly behind the front drawing. This way, when looking at the front, you didn't see words showing backwards, through the glass, behind the etching. Gold fill was added for an extra "pop".
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".
What do you get the 85 year old woman that has everything and needs nothing? ... well you get her something to hold her whiskey and you personalize it for her and her friend. Crystal Swan Etchings could help you put together that gift that she will sure to love because it's unique, it's strictly hers and you put some thought into making it.
Johnnie Walker Black double label recreation all etched into the bottle. It was sandblasted, airbrushed black on top and gold on bottom, then hand-painted over with the alternating color. Some of the letters are strictly raised glass to allow the alcohol color to shimmer through as seen in the "Bottled in London, Blended...", the date , "Blended Scotch Whiskey" and the wreath. One of my favorite bottles to etch! I think it is one of the coolest birthday gifts you can give to a person who has everything. All the information is personalized just for them. When the bottle is finished... fill it with Iced Tea to keep on displaying on your shelf;)
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.