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".
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;)
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.
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.