Wednesday, 16 May, 2012 Technology
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Japanese Company Uses Sandblasting to Engrave on Glass Bottles

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The art company called Eternal offers its clients an exclusive glass engraving service. It makes use of a method called sandblasting to make unique wine bottles.

It would be interesting to note that sandblasting is a type of engraving that involves the use of special sand in high-pressure air.

According to the company, it service offers clients the opportunity to preserve valuable memories with the help of engraving.

The first step in the process is the creation of the design on a computer. The design is then sent to a special mask which in its turn is exposed to UV to transfer the pattern.

A deeper engraving can be made of champagne bottles, but bottles used for sake and liquor bottles can only have a design engraved as deep as 2-3 millimeters.

After the sandblasting process, masters use air-brushes to add color to the engraving. In the customer wishes, the company can also some add decoration.

Lately, one of the most popular materials used to decorate bottles is Swarovski crystals. Specialists at Eternal attach each crystal by hand. Customers can also engage a favorite image, but only on particular bottles. In this case the price for an engraving can reach 6,000 yen (around $75). Otherwise the price is 4,500 yen ($55).

Due to the fact that the whole process is made by hand, an order can take between 3 and 5 days.

[via DigInfo]

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