Deep etching engraving techniques.

The most popular deep etching crystal engraving technique is sand blasting, also known as sand etching and send carving. The term "sandblasting" doesn't do justice to the intricate and often delicate pieces that awards professionals can create using this 20 year old process. Fortunately, the terms sandetching and sandcarving can be used interchangeably to describe the process that, although rough-sounding in name, really creates a fine detail and rich look.

Sand carving is the process of applying a stencil to a product and "coloring in" the stencil's image with an abrasive applied at high pressure. The abrasive erodes the surface in the open areas of the stencil, leaving a permanent impression. The balance of the stencil covers and protects the object, leaving those areas untouched. This smart technology has created many profitable opportunities for companies in several markets, such as awards, gifts, monuments and woodworking. Sand engraving is a very efficient method of personalizing a variety of surfaces. Although the process is used most often on glass and crystal, you can get high-quality results with marble, ceramics, wood, granite. And once an object is engraved, you can color fill the carved areas for a more unique personalization.

Sand engraving technology has been around for almost 20 years. Traditionally, large items would be "blasted" using a hand-cut rubber stencil. Today, you can create images that are smaller and of higher-quality detail using photo resist stencils, which are especially effective on delicate gifts and small and odd-shaped items. Photo resist technology has only been around for about 10 years. You work entirely with film until you adhere the stencil to the piece and blast it, which leaves less room for error. Another advantage is that you can expose several stencils at a time, making the blasting of large orders much faster. Sand carving gives products a smooth and uniform cut with a clean, high-class look. Adopted from Photobrasive Systems.