We sandblast our
products. While being labor intensive, it gives the
nicest look to the finished product. Our process of
sandblasting is 100% hand done. We do not use
automated equipment when we sandblast. This allows us
to control every aspect of the etch. We can control
our cut by what the design is. Many times within the
same design there are areas that require different
amounts of blasting time. Automated equipment can't
give you the same quality. Each order we process
requires the following steps:
Setup the design
on the computer
Output the films
with the design
Take the created
films and make the etching stencils
stencils to be put onto the item(s) to be
Place the stencil
on the item(s)
Mask off the
item(s) with 4 pieces of tape (protects areas you
don't want etched)
Wash and polish
Box the item(s)
The advantage to
this over methods described below are many. Our
process is a photographic process. We start with
perfect artwork. We use very fine, sharp abrasive
material to do our cutting. This give a very clean
and clear appearance to the etch. Other methods give
a frayed or chipped look with no depth. When we say
cut, we mean cut. There is actual depth to our
etching, not merely a frosting. We are trying to
offer our customers the finest etching available, at
These are the
other methods of marking glass. You will understand
why the sandblasted method is truly the finest. Here
These can mark glass very accurately. They are
basically cnc machines. As long as the artwork is
properly prepared they are accurate. The problem
with this type of decorating is the laser super
heats the glass and fractures it. The resulting
look to the markings it leaves is a pitted look.
There is also no depth to the cut.
with a spinning diamond cutter. This type of
engraving can be outline only. This method does not
have any depth to the cut. I have this capability.
It is unacceptable for my corporate customers. The
edges of the outlines has a frayed uneven look.
There is also no depth.
reusable stencils. This method utilizes reusable
brass or rubber stencils. The drawbacks are the
inability to have a shape within a shape. As an
example many letters have a small center to them
(A,B,D,d,e, etc.) These letters must have small
pieces of stencil material holding the letter
centers in place. This does not make for a quality
There are some
very worthy etchers out there. In general they are
geared to servicing the corporate community. They are
geared to larger quantity runs. Jafa, J Charles
Crystal, Award Craft are examples.
Things Remembered caters to small run customers.
Things Remembered does not do the same quality of
work we do. Much of the work they perform is done on
utilize methods of marking that are easier to learn.
If you compare our quality you will quickly see the
difference. Our quality and service is what sets us
apart. Thank you.