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Sandcarved Glasses vs Laser Etched and Engraved Barware

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Comparison of Sandcarving, Laser Engraving, Rotary Etching and Screenprinting on Glassware

When it comes to personalized barware and glasses, there are many options available in the marketplace. Your choices range from a premium, high quality technique like sandcarving to the inexpensive, cartoonish look of screenprinting. In between, but still at the lower end of the quality spectrum are laser engraving and rotary etching.

Let’s begin with an explanation of each of the methods.

  • Sandcarving glass is a process by which a sand-like media such as silicon carbide or aluminum oxide is directed through a nozzle under high pressure. The force of the “sand” hitting the glass carves away unprotected areas of the glass. A template material with the desired design is adhered to the glass. The template is created from a computer so anything that can be scanned, saved to or drawn on a computer can also be carved on the glass. On the template itself, the parts of the design that include the logo or art have been removed to allow the sand to pass through and carve away the glass. The longer the operator directs the sand to the glass, the deeper the carving. The limitations to the depth of carve are the wall thickness of the glass. Large areas of the design can be blasted leaving the protected areas of the glass to appear raised or 3D from the surface. The effect is a jaw-dropping 3-D effect that exudes quality and luxury.
  • Laser engraving is the process of directing a high intensity beam of light generated from CO2 to the surface of the glass. The beam fractures the glass surface to create a rough frosted appearance. If you were to look closely at a glass that has been laser engraved, you would see an irregular and rough cut path where the laser beam has traveled. Designs from a software package can be loaded into the memory of the laser. The laser will travel back and forth until the design has been scratched into the glass. The effect has no depth and is a cheaper, standard method of personalizing your glasses.
  • Rotary etching uses a faceted rotary diamond cutter that has to physically make contact with the glass. Functionally speaking, it works similar to a dremmel tool. A spinning bit, cooled with a stream of water, makes its’ way across the surface of the glass and fractures the areas to be etched. The results are cleaner than a laser but lacking in terms of depth of the etch and overall smoothness of the etched areas. This is the process the mall kiosk etchers use to put names and dates on wedding flutes and metal dishes. It should be noted that this process is much better suited for etching metal than glass. The effect is a flat, standard every-day look for personalization.
  • Lastly is screenprinting. Most everyone is aware of the results produced from screenprinted glasses and mugs. They can be done in any combination of colors. The paint is applied to the glass through a mesh screen. The screen allows paint to flow through where there is design and blocked with there is no design. The result is a colorful, nonpermanent picture stuck to the surface. This process is usually preferred when one wants to buy large quantities of give-away type promotional products. It is cheap and fast and not typically used for gifting due to its’ cartoonish looks.

So now that you know how glasses can be personalized, the next question is which one is right for you? If lowest price is your only concern and you want the absolute cheapest glass you can get, the choice is clear. Screenprint is the cheapest option at virtually any qty 12 and up. Discount mugs.com charges about $15 per glass if you buy 12 glasses with a custom logo. The price drops to just under $8 if you need 36 or more logo glasses. What you need to accept with screenprinting is that your custom glass looks like you paid very little and will be probably not be used much by the recipient.

Next up in the quality department is laser engraved glasses. The laser beam can only fracture the surface of the glass and achieves no depth to the design. The frosting is light and hard to see. While the technology is super cool, using this method on glass is not desirable.

Rotary engraving is great at etching words into custom barware but like laser, it only scratches the surface and create fractures. The lines are more crisp than laser engraving but it doesn’t do well with logos where there are large areas to the design.

That leads us to sandcarving. Sandcarving blasts deep into the glass creating a 3 dimensional look and feel to the logo. The lines and edges are extremely crisp with super fine detail. Not many people have seen glassware that has been deep carved, mostly due to the fact that there aren’t many sandcarving companies out there. Etching and engraving have flooded the market for years. When you come across a sandcarving company, they warrant a closer look. The depth of carve creates a WOW factor that is non-existent in the other three techniques. Pictures don’t do this product justice. You’ve heard it before but it is absolutely true in this case – it is something you have to see to appreciate. I can assure you a sandcarved beer mug or whiskey glass is something that will be cherished forever. These personalized glasses are showpieces that can be used every day and then displayed on your bar rather than relegated to the back of your kitchen cabinet!

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April 6th, 2017

Glass Choices of Famous Figures From History

The Crystal Imagery Glass Choices Of Famous Figures From History

Marilyn Monroe Champagne FluteThroughout the course of history, great figures have risen into the spotlight. Some of these have been warriors, politicians, philosophers, or simply great men and women who changed the world through the force of their powerful personalities. These are people who are well known across the globe, with characteristics that speak to us from ages past, giving us a glimpse into their behaviors and preferences. In this way it is possible to pair each of them with the perfect crystal imagery glass piece to match their style.

Alexander The Great: One of the greatest warriors and commanders in history Alexander the Great conquered the entire known world before he was 30 years old. An avid drinker of Grecian wine, he would have been drawn to the custom engraved red wine glass with his name and initial printed on the piece.
http://www.crystalimagery.com/red-wine-glass-custom-engraved.html

Cleopatra: One of the greatest seductresses in human history, the story of her two great love affairs, first with Julius Caesar, and then with Mark Anthony changed the course of human history. For her selection the heart and arrow wine decanter would be best, engraved with the initials of her romantic partner.
http://www.crystalimagery.com/heart-arrow-wine-decanter.html

Winston Churchill: Known as a famous drinker who would wake up first thing in the morning to have a little scotch with his coffee, and then continue with that habit throughout the entire day. Never one to stand down from a challenge, Winston Churchill would have appreciated the elegance and daring of the wings and shield monogrammed scotch glass.
http://www.crystalimagery.com/wings-shield-monogram-scotch-glass.html

Golda Meir: One of the most powerful women in human political history, Golda Meir rose to a position of power in the volatile country of Israel, helping to guide it through the rocky first few years of its independence. With her style and personality, she would be most drawn to the personalized monogrammed tea goblet with her initials on the glass.
http://www.crystalimagery.com/engraved-personalized-monogrammed-tea-goblet-m8.html

Marilyn Monroe: She was one of the most famous actresses of all time, and is a hallmark of style, elegance, and glamour. For those reasons Marilyn Monroe would have been drawn to the initial, circle engraved champagne flute. This fits her flashy, Hollywood feel, while still maintaining a simple grace which was a hallmark of her beauty.
http://www.crystalimagery.com/initial-circle-champagne-flute.html

Napoleon Bonaparte: Rising from humble beginnings, Napoleon became the Emperor of France, ruling over territory that stretched the breadth of Europe. Known for his refined tastes, and love of family, he would have chosen the personalized crest decanter with his family seal on it.
http://www.crystalimagery.com/personalized-crest-decanter.html

Genghis Khan: Known as one of the most savage and ruthless warriors in history, Genghis Khan was also a wise leader, who brought his people to new heights while also uniting the world. Coming from a culture that promoted the consumption of alcohol, he would have been drawn to the engraved beer growlers if given his choice.
http://www.crystalimagery.com/engraved-beer-growler.html

Julius Caesar: While Caesar did not partake in alcoholic beverages himself, he did like lavish feasts with his honored guests. So the engraved wine decanter would be a great way for him to demonstrate the pride he had in his family name, while also sharing generously with those who supported him.
http://www.crystalimagery.com/custom-wine-decanter-engraved.html

Marie Antoinette:Let them eat cake!” Those are words that sparked a revolution, and they came from the mouth of one of the most famous aristocrats of all time. Known for enjoying the finer things in life she would be most attracted to the typewriter font engraved personalized champagne glasses.
http://www.crystalimagery.com/typewriter-font-name-engraved-champagne-glass.html

Joan of Arc: A great warrior who led her people into battles against great odds and still came out victorious. Joan of Arc would have preferred the chaste pleasures of the engraved monogrammed diamond goblet.
http://www.crystalimagery.com/engraved-monogram-diamond-goblet.html

Cheers,

Sherri

Crystal Imagery Inc. President

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February 8th, 2017

Lead Free Crystal Rocks Double Old Fashioned Glasses Now Available!

Engraved Crystal Rocks GlassWant to upgrade your rocks glass quality? Select our Lead Free Crystal glass by Ravenscroft. Measuring 4” high, this quality crystal double old fashioned glass adds weight and style to your whiskey glass with a beautiful bubble feature in the center of the sham. We now offer three grades and styles of whisky, scotch, and bourbon glasses for everyone on your Christmas or holiday gift list this year. Our standard whiskey glass is still available for the same price we’ve offered for years. Our Ravenscroft Crystal rocks glass features a heavier weight, bubble sham and crystal clarity for only $6 more per glass! Then of course we have our Glencairn Crystal Scotch Whisky glass for those who prefer a whisky snifter for tasting purposes.

We will soon be offering an entire collection of Waterford Crystal glasses as well. We’re growing by leaps and bounds. Go ahead, Indulge Yourself!

Cheers,

Sherri

November 23rd, 2015

Whisky Live NY, New York

Whisky Live NY 2014 Crystal Imagery Booth

Crystal Imagery CEO, Eric Schuchart at Whisky Live NY 2014

Crystal Imagery had the honor of exhibiting our custom engraved whisky ( whiskey ), scotch and bourbon glasses  at the Whisky Live NY, New York show last evening hosted by Whisky Magazine. We had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people who love whisky, American whiskey, scotch, and bourbon. Some of the notable distilleries in attendance were Johnnie Walker, Four Roses Bourbon, Jim Beam, Knob Creek, Hudson Whiskey, Talisker, Crown Royal, Buchanan’s Scotch Whisky, Bulleit Bourbon Whiskey, Bushmill’s Irish Whiskey, George Dickel Tennessee Whiskey, Zacapa Rum, Moonshine University, Teeling Whiskey and William Wolf Pecan Bourbon to name a few!

With nearly 2000 consumers in attendance, a full buffet dinner, music, and whisky sampling from many of the best whisky distillers the room was full of good cheer.

We also had the distinct pleasure of meeting Andy Davidson, President of Glencairn Crystal, the company who has designed the world’s most loved whisky snifter. We left him with a gift- our best selling Shield and Banner Engraved Glencairn Glass with his own name deeply carved.

We met the delightful and extremely helpful, Leah Hutchinson of American Craft Distillers who shared some of her best connections in the industry.

We also found the gentlemen at the Kentucky Bourbon Trail to be extremely warm and inviting. We hope to make a trip to Kentucky in the next year or two so we can enjoy visiting their member distilleries and tour the Kentucky Bourbon Trail ourselves to learn about these fine distilleries and the delightful spirits they produce. Included in their prestigious line up are Maker’s Mark, Jim Beam, Four Roses, Wild Turkey, and Woodford Reserve.

There were other impressive media members present, including Tom Fischer of Bourbon Blog who’s contagious smile and dapper attire made me smile each time he passed by. He seemed very impressed with our collection of engraved bar glasses. We were honored he stopped by to chat.

We were also visited by The Huffington Post, Artisan Spirit Magazine and several folks from various European newspapers.

We handed out hundreds of brochures and business cards and had a fantastic time meeting so many fun-loving and spirited people. We look forward to attending again next year.

Whisky Live NY New York 2014, Crystal Imagery Engraved Bar Glasses

Sherri Schuchart, President of Crystal Imagery Distinctive Barware

Whisky Live NY New York 2014

Whisky Live NY New York 2014

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April 11th, 2014

Indulge Yourself… Custom Barware for Everyday Moments

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Indulge Yourself.

At Crystal Imagery Distinctive Barware, we believe that every day little moments are cause for celebration. Whether you’re enjoying intimate moments with friends at home, a romantic retreat with your sweetheart, the retirement of an honored veteran, welcoming a new neighbor or thanking your best man…adding Crystal Imagery custom glassware will take the experience to a whole new level of luxury.

March 17th, 2014

New Whiskey Glass Style

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OUR WHISKEY GLASS STYLE HAS CHANGED. The size is slightly larger, which means of course, MORE ROOM FOR WHISKEY!  The bottom of the glass is now flat and smooth and is not concave and faceted like the previous version. ALL ORDERS PLACED AFTER 3/12/14 WILL BE CARVED IN THE NEW STYLE. If you wish to purchase the old style of our engraved whiskey, scotch and bourbon glass, QUANTITY IS LIMITED. PLEASE EMAIL US BEFORE ORDERING TO CHECK ON AVAILABILITY. Also note that when you place your order for the old version, you must leave a note during checkout specifying the old style of glass.

 

Cheers!

Sherri and Eric

March 17th, 2014

Personalized Irish Bar Glasses for St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Personalized Irish Bar Glasses, Barware for St. Patrick's Day

Engraved Personalized Irish Barware for St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

ST. PATRICK’s DAY is just around the corner and we’re looking forward to enjoying some Irish Whiskey, Beer, Irish Coffee…you name it! Grab your custom engraved, personalized Irish barware today so you’ve got it in time.  These stunning bar glasses would make a great gift for your favorite Irish friends, too!

We hand craft each design especially for you on high quality glassware. We carve away the background panel, leaving the Irish shamrock and the name raised from the glass surface in a stunning three dimensional manner. This gift will definitely have the wow factor you want!

Cheers!

Sherri and Eric

 

February 19th, 2014

Typewriter Font Engraved Personalized Bar Glasses and Barware

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Yes, that Typewriter Font sure is popping up everywhere! We’re seeing it on jewelry, shirts, wall art and more. So we figured now might be a good time to release some engraved bar glasses featuring that timeless font that conjurs up feelings of nostalgia in all of us! Our typewriter font personalized barware makes a classic and timeless gift that any bride and groom would love to receive as an engraved wedding gift or bridal shower gift. These beauties would also be a great Christmas gift, birthday, engraved anniversary gift, Mother’s Day or Father’s Day gift. This vintage monogram is a gift that anyone would love to receive.

We offer our Typewriter font bar glasses in every style of glass: martini, whiskey, beer, iced tea, water glasses and stemless wine glasses. See more images below and visit Crystal Imagery to see then entire collection.

We would love to hear from you! Which style glassware is YOUR personal favorite?

 

Cheers,

Sherri and Eric

 

 

February 1st, 2014


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