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How We Engrave

What is engraving?

When using the engraving method of decorating glassware, we take your created design and physically carve it into the surface of the glass. The result is an elegant and even mark that will appear in the natural color of frosted white. Engraving is different from other decorating methods because the design truly becomes part of the glass surface.

What type of engraving method do you use?

We primarily use sandblasting, which is the premiere method for engraving glass. An individual film mask/stencil is made and hand applied to each glass, which is then “blasted” in a cabinet by a high pressure stream of air and abrasive. The mask protects the glass areas that will remain clear, while the abrasive etches away the glass in the areas to be engraved. For some specialized designs or non-glass products, we do have laser machines that we use to mark the glass or material.

Is the engraving permanent?

Yes, it is truly permanent. It is carved into the glass surface or laser heated into other materials. Unlike other decorating methods, your engraving will never wash, chip, or wear off. Engraved glasses can be machine washed as many times as you like.

How much detail can my design have?

Our engraving methods, both sandblasting and laser engraving, can produce detailed results. Designs are created or edited using a computer graphics program. Any artwork that can be set up or converted to pure black and white on a computer screen can be produced on the item to be engraved.

Are there any limitations with engraving?

The primary limitation is color. While an engraved glass has a more elegant appearance and is permanently marked, it is limited to the frosted white color of etched glass. The engraving on our wood products is a natural, dark, wood burnt color while our metal items will reveal the metal finish under the colored coating. It is also true that when engraved glasses are wet, their markings become subtle as they lose some contrast until they are dry again. If you are interested in having glasses decorated with high contrast colors, consider our screen printing or digital printing options. Please contact us if you have any questions!