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Glass Engraving vs. Glass Etching
People often inquire about the differences between glass engraving and glass etching. There is a difference!
Glass etching is an older-but-time-tested method that involves blasting stenciled glassware with sand. The glass etching process is performed almost entirely by hand and takes longer to produce, but the results can be quite detailed and beautiful. Despite the older and less "futuristic" methodology, glass etching is still a very sought-after practice and produces fantastic results!
On the more modern side, laser-based glass engraving utilizes (obviously) a laser that instantaneously generates an extraordinary amount of heat, essentially vaporizing the glass. The advantages to this process are an extremely detailed final product and quick turnaround times. Several passes may be taken, depending on how deep or detailed the desired design is. This method is often sought for the extremely high level of detail it can provide, offering more surgical precision than a conventional etching via sand blaster.