Using traditional methods dating back to the Victorian period, acid etching – or French embossing – is a process where glass is etched with acids to produce varying tones of obscurity from a white acid finish to third burns and stipple. The resist is usually hand painted bitumen which is then removed with white spirit once etching is completed.
This traditional and versatile technique for glass can be used to achieve detailed texture and depth suitable for a range of designs, images, patterns and other permanent manifestations.
Sandblasting glass is a rapid technique using sharp aluminium oxide grit that is fired through a specialised gun with varying force using compressed air. The results can vary from delicate shade sandblast, to an even, all over flat sandblast, but glass can also be deep sandblasted to create amazing carved images. Using our portable machinery, we can visit anywhere in the UK to etch glass with manifestation bands or logos for businesses, and decorative images for residential customers. We can also etch all over glass floors to give a non-slip finish as well as 100% privacy.
Many finishes and very fine detail are available when using hand engraving tools. Diamond tipped scriber pens, rotating diamond hand engravers and percussion engravers with tungsten tips all produce a wide variety of effects particularly suited to wine glasses, decanters, paperweights etc.
Before the days of computer cut letters and signs, almost all flat lettering and images were signwritten by hand. Many signs were embellished with gold and silver leaf. No modern vinyl graphics can compare with the original beauty of a freehand painted sign, notice board, plaque, crest or coat-of-arms.