Hand engraved writing is one of the oldest forms of communication. Long before fancy photography and high definition printers came on the scene, people were etching, cutting, and chiseling away on rocks, cave walls, and pieces of wood. Now, glass etching and engraving is one of the most beautiful and timeless ways to communicate. Some engravings are amazing pictures and designs while others are words written with classic style.
The Glass Etching Process
Handmade glass etching is simple in theory, but can be tedious and time consuming and is only for those who have exceptional attention to detail. To get some practice, it’s best to start with a piece of glass you don’t have any use for. It’s likely you will make some mistakes. Here are the instructions to etch a simple line into a glass:
- Place two strips of tape in a parallel fashion leaving the strip which is too be etched uncovered
- Apply an etching cream to the uncovered area
- After waiting a few minutes wipe off the etching cream
- Remove the tape to reveal the glass with the newly etched line
Make sure the etching cream does not touch the glass anywhere except exactly where you want to remove a layer of glass.
How to Engrave Wine Bottles
As with glass etching, in theory the process of wine bottle engraving is very simple. There is no complicated process to prepare or cured the glass for the engraving process. The difficulty lies in the precision and practice required to write on an abnormal surface and with a fine tool. Wine bottle engravers use an electric pen to write and draw with extreme precision and stylistic appeal. The simple glass etching method is difficult to use for engraving a wine bottle because of the extravagant designs and fonts usually associated with such engravings.
Opportunities for Engraving
You probably don’t need to get every wine bottle engraved, there are some important occasions during which a custom engraved wine bottle is a powerful gift. They are a great idea for:
- New Moms / Dads
- Business Clients
- Friends and Family
Creative Ideas for Beautiful Wine Bottle Design
Here are some creative ideas to use when getting a wine bottle engraved:
- Try having “Mr.” and “Mrs.” Engraved on a bottle (or two) for newlyweds.
- Or, make it more personal by including their names.
- Write a well wish or congratulatory statement on the bottle
- Add something which represents your relationship like a date or representing a memory
Remember, to keep it short and sweet since you have limited room to work with.
An engraved wine bottle can be the perfect gift. But both elements need to be just right. A nicely engraved bottle of low quality wine will seem cheap. On the other hand, a high quality wine with a poorly done engraving will seem sloppy. Fortunately, at Julio’s Liquors in downtown Westborough, MA provides both skilled engraving and quality wine for a decent price. Check out our wine bottle engraving page including beautiful examples. In addition, Julio’s features a beautiful wine shop with a selection from around the globe featuring both traditional favorites and exciting rare wines boasting their individuality. Contact our team of experts who can advise you as you peruse our vast selection.