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"
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.
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.
Low Riders Motorcycle Club of Staten Island, NY picked this 26.5 oz Mug to present to their winners at their 20th Annual Bike Blessing. Each glass has etched on it a Harley Davidson and is customized with the category they won including Best Japanese Import and Furthest Distance Traveled.
Here I am prepping 60 mugs for Brooklyn Prep's Class of 1963's reunion. I have already etched the beer mugs. Before I take the resist off, I painted them their school color blue. After sitting for a day I carefully removed the material with a plastic razor blade and let the paint cure for another week.
On the right ... the final product.
Customized Irish vase by Crystal Swan Etchings
Patricia's parent's anniversary is St. Patrick's Day. She wanted to give them a unique gift. She liked the tall, cylindrical vase that is posted on my website shown with a different design. She asked if I could engrave an Irish Blessing on it with a celtic knot and wanted to have her parent's anniversary date along with each of her sibling's marriage dates. We left a little room at the bottom to add her sister's wedding date next year.
Glass Etched St. Pat's Mug
26 oz Sandblasted St. Patrick's Day Mug. Let the festivities begin. Want to add a name to it ... not a problem.
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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.