Awards & Engraving

August '19

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58 • A&E AUGUST 2019 blasting starts. Your standards will depend on your machinery and film. Etch-ability standards also include making sure the artwork actually fits on the award. Once your artwork is ready to go, you can print it onto your film for etching. If you're adding a full-color imprint to the award, you'll follow a similar process. This time, however, your vector artwork can have color, gradi- ents, and grayscale. If possible, you still want the artwork to be vector so you can resize it without distorting it. If vector art isn't possible, you can use a JPEG image. We recommend the image be 300 DPI at the size the art will be printed. Technically, you can use any DPI, but the image might not look good once printed. • Tip 3: When your four-color image floods the entire award, consider bleeding the image over the edge of it to make sure the whole surface is covered. Once you're done laying out that artwork, save the file on the computer your printer can access. Now that your artwork is done, you can start imprinting. ETCHING TIPS AND TRICKS Once you have created the film with your artwork on it when sandcarving, you'll need to expose the film onto the masking material. The most common film used is 3-4mm thick. Once your mask is created, double check the art for errors. If you don't catch the errors before adhering your mask to the award, you'll have to start the process all over. After you've done this, you can apply the film to the award. After you apply the film, make sure you cover all the exposed crystal. Try using masking tape — we've found it helpful. It keeps the crystal protected during sandblasting and is also easier to get off the award when washing it. Once your mask is adhered to the award, you're ready to blast. Color-fill is where you can add color to a deep etch on an award.

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