Glass Etching 101

Glass etching 101

The finished product.

The finished product.

Glass etching at Bravo began as a sort of dare. Like most things we do, we saw something and asked ourselves “how can we do that?” After a couple of years it has become one of our staples and a growing part of our creative offerings.

When we here at Bravo decide to make a new glass piece, a lot of different thoughts go into the process. But ultimately it starts with you, our customer. We search for styles that have a unique, yet classic appearance and feel and then proceed to work backwards from there.

In regards to glass selection; we chose stem-less wine glasses because they’re more comfortable to hold and fit a relaxed friendly gathering better than a traditional (and more formal) stemmed glass; our old- fashioned or lowball whiskey glasses are chosen because they have a nice heft and weight to them; same for the pints. The mason jars, well, they remind us of our childhood and remain a classic design in any rustic setting. And let’s face it, who doesn’t love drinking out of one?

The designs we create are ones that we ourselves would want in our own homes. When pitching ideas to each other, we start with thoughts of our homes and the homes of friends and family. We then try to create things that add to those places or are directly inspired by them. It’s not uncommon for one of us to make an extra one of a new design for our own collection.

Stencil after being applied to the glass.

Stencil after being applied to the glass.

We create and design our ideas using computer software and that is then turned into a stencil that is applied to the glass. (all of our stencils are applied by hand so there are inherent slight variations betweeneach glass. We’ve worked together to find a standard area of placement for each design but my eye compared to Mike’s or Jake’s will inevitably be a little different. Take comfort in knowing that each glass you receive is effectively one of a kind in that regards!) Once the stencil has been applied to the glass, it goes into our etching booth where it’s bombarded with sand until the design has been carved into the glass deep enough and with a consistent frosted look.

It’s then pulled out and cleaned by hand until the sparkle is back on the glass. Once clean, they’re packaged up and shipped out. (more on that to come in a later post)

Think of this as a 10,000ft view into the world of glass etching. If we went into any more detail then y’all would probably get bored.

Thanks for visiting with us today. We hope you enjoyed the first of our classroom sessions. Tune in to our Facebook page for the next post! Next time we’ll be revisiting the first shop in Tucker!