Glass engraving is an art form that has emerged in the trophy industry in Australia in recent decades. However the use of glass for decoration and home utensil use has been around for millenia. We have glass windows, cups, bowls and even glass walls in some buildings.
Decoration and art glass has many forms, such as blown, moulding, slump as well as many more techniques.
In order to personalise a piece of glass it really comes down to being able to engrave or mark it in some way, i.e. to tell a story. A good hand engraver, using a drypoint and stipple engraving tool, can create works of art in the engraving itself. These days the common practice in the trophy industry is to congratulate an awardee by name and to further mention the accomplishment.
Glass trophies are now being used as an upmarket way of rewarding a recipient for success in their endeavour.
Sandblasting is now a fairly common and accurate way to produce a message on glass. The drypoint etch and engrave is too slow, and the product can vary from trophy to trophy in style and execution. In order to keep cost down, at this end of the production cycle, it is better to make a mask from art organised on a computer which includes a logo and text. This way the customer can check the wording, logo and layout before the glass trophies are sandblasted.
A common layout could be:
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