FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What is sandblasting? – Sandblasting uses a fine media (typically aluminum oxide) under high pressure to roughen up the surface creating a subtle frosted effect.

Is your glassware dishwasher safe? – Yes!  Sandblasting is 100% permanent and won’t wear off with repeated washings or use.

What types of material can you etch? – If you can scratch it I can etch it!  But I like to work with glass, ceramics and stainless steel.

How is laser engraving different from sandblasting? – A laser engraves the glass and chips away small pieces of it.  Because of this process it creates a rougher surface and the lines aren’t crisp.  Sandblasting uses a fine media to roughen up the surface of the glass leaving you with a smooth frosted effect and crisp clean lines.

How is sandblasting different from a chemical etch? – A chemical etch uses harsh chemicals to alter the surface of the glass.  Etching tends to be lighter and contain less detail.  Sandblasting uses a fine media to roughen up the surface of the glass leaving you with a smooth frosted effect and crisp clean lines.  To see an example look at my pictures of the beer bottles.  Can you tell which one was etched using a cream instead of sandblasting?

How long will my item(s) take to ship? – Once payment has been received and the design has been finalized, I ship all orders within 2-3 weeks (sooner in most cases). 

Do you offer expedited shipping? – Yes. If you don’t want to take the chance that your order won’t arrive on time, please contact me as soon as possible and we can discuss other shipping options.

What kind of images work best for sandblasting? – Before I can use an image for etching. I have to convert it to black and white. The black areas get etched, and the white does not. Photographs do not generally work very well, especially photographs of people. When searching for images online, including the search terms “clip art, silhouette, outline,” etc. will help pull up images that are more sandblasting-friendly.

What kind of file types do you prefer? What is the best way to send them to you? – I can work with pretty much any file type, but PDF, EPS, AI, or other graphic files work the best. I can use bitmaps (JPEG, PNG, etc) if they are medium to high resolution.